Del Mar Library launches investment education program

It may come as a surprise to many residents in the coastal communities that libraries are significant sources of meaningful investment education and guidance. In particular, the Del Mar Library (1309 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, (858) 755-1666) while modest in size, has a very large “toolbox” of resources that investors, particularly beginners and the less-experienced, can put to good use.

Librarian Gretchen Schmidt makes the point that “whether you’re a do-it-yourselfer or work with an investment professional, our library has an array of financial newspapers, magazines, books ( through our inter-library connections), Internet access, and specialized services, such as Morningstar and Value Line, that can be put to good use by individual investors.”

One-hour lecture/discussion sessions, free and open to the general public, are being held monthly on investing topics related to the understanding and use of DML’s in-print and Internet resources used by investors. Lecture briefing papers are available at the library one week prior to each presentation. Schmidt believes that “the lecture series is a very positive addition to our existing investment education resources” and provides the public a way “to get unbiased answers to their investing questions.” Richard Loth has more than three decades of international experience in banking, corporate financial consulting, and non-profit development assistance programs. He has been an investment adviser and is a published author of books and publications on investing. Currently, he devotes his professional activities to educational endeavors, writing and lecturing, aimed at the needs of the less-experienced investor. He characterizes his teaching style “as striving to take the complex and make it simple.”

Monthly lectures to inform new investors take place:

• First Wednesdays at 6 p.m.

• First Thursdays at 1 p.m.