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Money show adopts a global theme

The World Money Show makes its debut Feb. 2-5. It's what used to be known as the annual Florida Money Show, but now it has adopted a global theme.

About 12,000 people are expected to descend on the Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee for the show, which will feature presentations on investment opportunities in China, Canada, Japan, Russia, Germany, Australia and the United Kingdom, along with the usual domestic stock tips.

The stock market's recovery has put more investors in the mood for investment ideas, and more than 200 speakers and 250 exhibitors will be vying for their attention. This year's headliners include market gurus Joe Battipaglia and John Dessauer, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Jeane Kirkpatrick, former SEC chairman Harvey Pitt and Forbes editor Steve Forbes. Sir John Templeton, founder of the Templeton mutual funds, will appear by video.

Most of the show is free; exhibitors and many speakers pay to participate.

InterShow of Sarasota started the Florida show 25 years ago and now offers similar money shows in Las Vegas, Atlantic City and San Francisco, along with investment cruises and other conferences. Information is available at