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The Social Investment Forum and the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility launched a Web site––to organize individual shareholders in opposition to SEC proposals to change its Rule 14a8 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 that the groups say would diminish shareholder activism by limiting the right of shareholders to file advisory resolutions.

The Financial Planning Association will celebrate the sixth annual Financial Planning Week October 1-7, during which FPA staff and members conduct a number of events, including holding educational seminars, manning telephone hotlines, and making its members available for interviews with media, all meant to increase public awareness of the financial planning process. Further information on the events is at

The Treasury Department appointed Jeb Mason as deputy assistant secretary for business affairs and public liaison. Most recently, Mason served as policy advisor in Treasury; he will continue to advise Secretary Henry Paulson on policy matters in his new position. Prior to joining Treasury, Mason served as associate director for strategic initiatives at the White House.

The American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance launched an online directory of agencies designed to help agents start selling long-term care insurance. The national directory, free to producers, will list general agencies and managing general agencies that support LTC insurance sales via an online state-by-state look-up. Further information is available at