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: ACox@FDIC.gov) or
* Abigail Nickelsen (202-942-3362)(e-mail: ANickelsen@FDIC.gov).
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 www.fdic.gov/banknews, 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.