MONEYWORLD Asia - an annual exhibition that bills itself as a 'benchmark in the world of collecting' - will focus this year on investor education. Hong Kong Trade Development Council director for services promotion Alan Wong Kam-fai said: 'As shown by the Asian financial crisis, there is a need for increased understanding on the part of investors.' The three-day show, organised by the council and MoneyWorld Asia (HK), begins on Friday at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. More than 20,000 people are expected to attend. As in past years, the fair will include much of interest to collectors. There will be uncut sheets of banknotes, commemorative coins from around the world, and a detailed display of how money is made - literally. However, the fair also will feature displays from more than 60 organisations, showcasing a comprehensive range of financial services and products in consumer and corporate banking, equity investing, fund managing, and commodity and foreign-exchange trading. 'By adding in more quality and detailed information, visitors will be able to gather a wide form of market news all under one roof,' Mr Wong said. Mainland officials and SAR industrialists will talk shop on Friday at a financial conference examining the genesis and impact of the region's financial crisis, new developments in Hong Kong's financial sector and the mainland's economic policies. Organisers hope this conference will serve to enhance Hong Kong's position as a financial centre. Individual investors will have their days on Saturday and Sunday, when a series of seminars will be offered on topics ranging from 'How to become a millionaire' to 'Retire 10 years early'. Other seminars will cover everything from the basics of investing to the intricacies of trading stock options and warrants. Both corporate and individual investors will be attending the exhibition, so it provides an unusual opportunity for retail investors to exchange views with professionals in the financial sector.