CLINTON — “Finance 2006,” a financial workshop organized by the Clinton Herald and Clinton National Bank, will be held on Thursday night to help area residents better understand their finances.

The presentation will address today’s changing economy, money management and online identity protection. The workshop will begin at 5:15 p.m. in the Collis Lecture Hall at Ashford University.

The evening’s keynote speaker is Jim Victor, financial adviser with Smith Barney and financial analyst at KWQC-TV6. Victor will discuss today’s dynamically changing economy and how to benefit from it.

“Today’s economy is filled with surprises and questions,” Victor said. He will talk about how to effectively use banking relationships for the best results for family expenses such as education and retirement.

Clinton National Bank Vice President and Operations Manager Jenny Boysen will speak at the workshop. She will discuss the benefits of computer banking with an emphasis on convenience, security and confidentiality. Boysen will demonstrate computer banking and show how to get and use the service, check balances, make transfers and pay bills online.

Connor W. Anderson, business development specialist with Clifton Gunderson Technology Solutions, will present a discussion called “Open Secrets.” Anderson will explain issues that will help people protect their identity when doing business on the Internet.

“We’re not going to talk about privacy, it just doesn’t exist,” Anderson said. He will discuss important identity protection strategies such as being aware of dangers, checking computer security, checking a credit report regularly, keeping backups of important information and avoiding dangerous behaviors online. Anderson will host a question-and-answer period following the presentation. Attendees can register to win a color printer. Anyone interested in attending Finance 2006 is asked to call Clinton National Bank at 243-1243 to reserve a seat.