Attendees participated in a full week of conferences, panel discussions and bell ceremonies to celebrate Global Financial Literacy Month
New York, NY April 16, 2012 - In celebration of Financial Literacy Month, NYSE Euronext (NYX) hosted its third annual Financial Literacy Week. More than 100 guests gathered at the company's offices in the U.S. and Europe to celebrate, highlight and share innovative approaches to financial capability.
"NYSE Euronext is committed to financial literacy efforts both on the corporate side and through the NYSE Euronext Foundation. We are uniquely positioned to help promote workplace financial fitness through our network of the world's leading companies, and we partner with companies and leading non-profits to help improve the financial capability of employees, teachers, students and people throughout our communities. Our Financial Literacy Week is designed to raise awareness of the importance of this issue, highlight organizations doing great work, and bring together thought leaders to discuss innovation and the future of the field," said Michelle Greene, Head of Corporate Responsibility for NYSE Euronext and Executive Director of the NYSE Euronext Foundation.
In celebration of Financial Literacy Week, U.S. bell ceremonies were celebrated by the winners of the first annual Workplace Leaders in Financial Education (WLIFE) Awards, The President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability, The Cities for Financial Empowerment, the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, the Council for Economic Education and the Center for Financial Services Innovation. Bell ceremonies in both New York and Paris celebrated NYSE Euronext's global partnership with Junior Achievement. In addition, a bell ceremony in Amsterdam featured an initiative from the Ministry of Finance called "The Money Wise Platform," which is focused on increasing the public's financial insight so consumers are better able to make sound financial decisions.
Conferences were also held at the New York Stock Exchange in conjunction with the bell ceremonies. NYSE Euronext partnered with the Cities for Financial Empowerment (CFE) to convene a high level discussion on innovative approaches to financial stability and growth. The panelists included CFE co-chairs Jose Cisneros, the Treasurer of San Francisco, and Jonathan Mintz, the Commissioner of Consumer Affairs for NYC, as well as Linda Gibbs, Deputy Mayor of New York City, Andrea Levere, CEO of CFED and Ben Hecht, President and CEO, Living Cities.
NYSE Euronext also partnered with Discovery Education to produce a Virtual Field Trip - a one hour broadcast to students around the world on the history of NYSE Euronext, including a virtual tour of the New York Stock Exchange trading floor, interviews with company executives, and a live Q& A session with Duncan L. Niederauer, Chief Executive Officer.
The week concluded with a panel discussion in partnership with the Center for Financial Services Innovation featuring a keynote address by Cyrus Amir-Mokri, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions. This discussion was attended by the nation's leading authorities on financial services for under-banked consumers.
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About NYSE Euronext
NYSE Euronext (NYX) is a leading global operator of financial markets and provider of innovative trading technologies. The company's exchanges in Europe and the United States trade equities, futures, options, fixed-income and exchange-traded products. With approximately 8,000 listed issues (excluding European Structured Products), NYSE Euronext's equities markets - the New York Stock Exchange, NYSE Euronext, NYSE Amex, NYSE Alternext and NYSE Arca - represent one-third of the world's equities trading, the most liquidity of any global exchange group. NYSE Euronext also operates NYSE Liffe, one of the leading European derivatives businesses and the world's second-largest derivatives business by value of trading. The company offers comprehensive commercial technology, connectivity and market data products and services through NYSE Technologies. NYSE Euronext is in the S&P 500 index, and is the only exchange operator in the Fortune 500. For more information, please visit: http://www.nyx.com.
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