Recently attended a free Schwab "Active Investor" seminar at the Marriott in downtown Chicago. Ran for 7 hours on a Saturday. Your selection of any three of seven presentations plus a keynote speaker (one of the CNBC guys) at lunch. Breakfast, nice lunch and nice hors d'oevres + wine/cocktails at the end. No selling as eveyone was already a Schwab account holder. Just some info/training on tools available on their new site and one session on statistical analysis and another on an interesting options strategy. I thought it was a worthwhile day. They even picked up the $35 parking charge.
No clue why I was invited. I'm hardly an "active investor" usually making no more than three or four dozen trades a year.
"I wasn't born blue blood. I was born blue-collar." John Wort Hannam