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Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Launches Customized Edition of It’s A Money Thing! A Girl’s Guide to Managing Money

May 21, 2012

New York —


Morgan Stanley Smith Barney today announced that in partnership with The Women’s Foundation of California, it has launched the Morgan Stanley Smith Barney customized edition of It’s A Money Thing! A Girl’s Guide to Managing Money.

“Morgan Stanley Smith Barney is committed to financial education and the advancement of women and girls, so we’re particularly pleased to support this venture,” said Jim Tracy, Director of National Sales and Business Development.  “Financial and economic literacy are important for a successful life and can be developed and honed with practice.  It’s A Money Thing! is a great start.”

With illustrations by Susan Estelle Kwas and published by Chronicle Books, It’s A Money Thing! is designed to be a fun and educational guide for teenage girls to learn smart financial habits early on.  With exercises such as “Creating a Mission Statement” and “Resources Required to Start a Business,” the book aims to equip the reader with the necessary tools to create a budget, manage credit and save and invest for the future, while also encouraging her to think about what interests her most and how she can connect her money with her skills and goals.

The Women’s Foundation of California ( is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the education and advancement of women and girls.  Over the part 25 years, they have awarded $20 million in grants and scholarships to more than 1000 community-based organizations across California.  Foundation President and CEO Judy Patrick said, “We know that financial literacy is a fundamental building block for achieving financial independence.  We are delighted to partner with MSSB, whose reach to millions of families across the nation will help us advance this goal.”

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney has been an industry leader in encouraging women to consider a career in wealth management.  In 2009, it launched the Women Financial Advisor Forum, a first-ever blog that profiles successful women practitioners.  Go to for more information.

Anyone wishing to obtain a copy of the book should contact a Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Financial Advisor.

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