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National Consumers Week '97

October 3, 1997


SUBJECT: National Consumers Week Initiative

National Consumers Week '97 (NCW), scheduled for October 25-31, is dedicated to increasing public awareness of consumer protection issues. NCW presents a prime opportunity for financial institutions to assist customers in understanding the many diverse banking products available along with the protections provided for consumers. This year's NCW theme, "Fair Shake Marketplace," highlights the message that educating consumers will strengthen and increase access to the market, and help preserve its integrity.

Encouraged to participate in NCW are corporations, trade associations, labor unions, legislators, educators, media outlets, consumer organizations and government agencies. Both regulatory agencies and financial institutions play a crucial role in making sure complete and accurate information is provided to the public. The FDIC will be participating in the week-long event in various efforts.

In observance of NCW, financial institutions may wish to provide an information exhibit for customers with a broad overview of the banking products available and the protections given consumers when conducting transactions with financial institutions. The FDIC is pleased to provide on request posters announcing NCW, extra FDIC insurance-information brochures, and consumer protection pamphlets.

If you have general questions about coordinating an outreach event or wish to request promotional material, please contact one of the following FDIC employees by October 17:

* Alan T. Cox (202-942-3424)(e-mail: or
* Abigail Nickelsen (202-942-3362)(e-mail:

You may also contact our Consumer Affairs Call Center at 1-800-934-3342.

Carmen J. Sullivan

Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Institutions (Commercial and Savings)

NOTE: Paper copies of FDIC financial institution letters may be obtained through the FDIC's Public Information Center, 801 17th Street, N.W., Room 100, Washington, D.C. 20434 (800-276-6003 or (703) 562-2200).

FDIC FIL's, PR's and other information are available on the Internet via the World Wide Web at, and may be obtained through the FDIC's Public Information Center, 801 17th Street, N.W., Room 100, Washington, D.C. 20434 (800)-276-6003 or (703) 562-2200.

Last Updated 07/16/1999

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