Montana State University

MSU to offer retirement planning and investing course

March 2, 2017 -- MSU News Service

Certified Financial Planner Ed Tompkins will teach a continuing education course on retirement planning and investing through MSU’s Office of Continuing Education beginning March 29. Photo courtesy of Ed Tompkins.

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BOZEMAN—Montana State University’s Extended University will host a four-week course on retirement planning and investing beginning March 29.

The course will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays on the MSU campus through April 19. Parking is free on campus after 6 p.m.

The course, intended for people at any point in the retirement planning process, will address strategies for dealing with the current investment landscape, which course organizers say is unique in history, including interest rates close to 0 percent and risk embedded in record high stock, bond and real estate prices.

Instructor Ed Tompkins, a certified financial planner, will cover topics such as 10 ways to reduce housing costs; how to determine a starting point and make sure that investment plans are appropriate for goals; and the role of precious metals and real assets in preserving wealth.

Tompkins is a retirement and asset management specialist. He taught retirement planning and investing for the University of Washington and the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems. A former Army officer, Tompkins began his career in financial services in 1991 in Seattle.

The course is $79 for individuals, or $129 for two people registering together. Participants can register online at or call MSU Extended University at (406) 994-6683.

Contact: Janine Hansen, MSU Extended University, (406) 994-6683 or