Editor’s note: This discussion has been postponed because of tropical weather. A new date will be announced.
The coronavirus and the shutdowns aimed at slowing its spread have crippled New Orleans’ tourism-dependent economy, closing businesses and leaving many workers jobless or under other financial strains.
With the economic fallout rippling across the region, The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate is convening an online summit of experts on personal finance, accounting and financial markets to discuss how employees and business owners can make it through.
The New Orleans Personal Finance Summit, sponsored by IberiaBank | First Horizon and moderated by editors at The Times-Picayune, will be held Tuesday, Aug. 25, from 9:00 a.m to 10:00 a.m.
Topics will include information and analysis on federal and state economic rescue programs, tips for business owners and workers facing lost revenue or wages, the outlook for stocks and other investments, and a discussion around long-term planning and taxes.
Joining the panel are four New Orleans-area experts on personal finance and investments: certified financial planner and former Times-Picayune personal-finance columnist John H. Gin, founder of Metairie-based Gin Wealth Management Partners; Desiree Kelley, a certified financial planner and financial advisor at Raymond James; Sharon B. Cassiere, a certified public accountant and director of the tax services group at Postlethwaite & Netterville; and Harriet Johnson Brackey, a certified financial planner and portfolio manager at Iberia Wealth Advisors, a division of First Horizon bank.
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Editor Peter Kovacs noted that the online summit is part of a history of the newspaper bringing together experts on financial topics for the benefit of readers.
“The Times-Picayune’s Moneywatch Live event used to draw thousands to the convention center to learn from leading financial planners,” said Kovacs. “While that wouldn’t be safe right now, we are honored to participate in this virtual summit to help people sort through their options during our current medical and economic crisis.”
The online summit on personal finance follows a series of online discussions held across The Advocate’s Louisiana newsrooms focused on the state’s economic outlook.