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email: money@mpbonline.orgMoney Talks airs Tuesday mornings at 9 Central Time on MPB Think Radio and over the internet at mpbonline.orgMoney Talks focuses on personal finance as it applies to Mississippians. In any given
Latest Episode6/30/2020

Money Talks: Choosing a Professional

https://www.finra.org/investors/learn-to-invest/choosing-investment-professionalRegistered Financial ProfessionalsBuy and sell securities for their customers, including individual investors. They are regulated by FINRA and the SEC.Investment AdvisersProvide advice about securities tailored to the needs of their clients. They are regulated by the SEC or state securities regulators.Financial PlannersProvide an array of financial services that vary from provider to provider. Regulation and licensing depends on the services offered.Insurance AgentsSell life, health and property insurance policies, and other insurance products, including annuities. They are regulated by state insurance commissions.AccountantsProvide professional assistance with taxes and financial planning, tax reporting, auditing and management consulting. They are regulated by national and state licensing standards.LawyersOffer legal assistance to clients related to financial planning and investment decisions, and may represent clients in disputes with firms or investment professionals. They are regulated by state bar associations.https://www.investor.gov/home/welcome-investor-gov-crsmymoney.govhttps://www.federalreserveeducation.org/http://moneytalks.mpbonline.org/episodes/money-talks-unemploymenthttps://www.investor.gov/introduction-investing/general-resources/news-alerts/alerts-bulletins/investor-bulletins/investor-0Investor Bulletin: How to Select an Investment ProfessionalChoosing an investment professional is an important decision.This updated Investor Bulletin provides a few key tips to help you make a well-informed choice.A number of questions you should consider asking before you hire an investment professional are in the investor bulletin “Questions to Ask When Hiring an Investment Professional.”Should you have any questions, feel free to call Investor.org’stoll-free investor assistance line at 1-800-SEC-0330 or use the online question web form at https://www.sec.gov/oiea/QuestionsAndComments.html.Tip 1. Make sure the investment professional is licensed.Tip 2. Find out if the products and services available are right for you.Tip 3. Understand how you’ll pay for services and products, and how your investmentTip 4. Ask about the investment professional’s experience and credentials.Tip 5. Ask the investment professional if he or she has had a disciplinary history with a government regulator or had customer complaints.https://www.usa.gov/
6/23/2020

Money Talks: Need Help

This broadcast highlighted many of the organizations that provide help during the pandemic and our recent podcasts that dealt with some of these issues. Unemployment The CARES Act added $600 per week from the federal government on top of whatever base amount a worker receives from the state. July 13th, this benefit end. The legislation also adds 13 weeks of unemployment insurance.Typically, self-employed people, freelancers and contractors can't apply for unemployment. The CARES Act created a new, temporary Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program through the end of this year to help people who lose work as a direct result of the public health emergency.On our April 7th Money Talks, we had executives from Mississippi Department of Economic Security. http://moneytalks.mpbonline.org/episodes/money-talks-unemploymentOnline filing is encouraged! A claim may be filed on-line at www.mdes.ms.gov twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven (7) days a week.call the MDES Contact Center at 1-888-844-3577you may contact your local WIN Job Center – there are over 40 of them - for assistance. mdes.ms.gov/unemployment-claims/covid19Time off from workEligible employees get 2 weeks of paid sick leave as long as they’ve been at employed at least 30 days.Some workers can also get 12 weeks of paid leave to care for children whose’ s schools were closed or whose child care provider is unavailable. The leave law expires December 31st.https://www.dol.gov/coronavirusFood banks and pantriesMS Food Network's executive director was on the show June 9th http://moneytalks.mpbonline.org/episodes/money-talks-ms-food-networkHe talked about how many people who had never needed a food pantry before were now looking for assistance. 601-353-7286is their phone number where you can find out where pantries are near you. Their web sitemsfoodnet.orgSupplemental Nutrition Assistance Plan (SNAP) provides nutritional food assistance for those who meet eligibility requirements. https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/recipient/eligibilityWomen, Infants and Children (WIC) provides low-income women, infants and children with food, nutrition counseling, and access to health services. https://www.fns.usda.gov/wicMississippi Department of Human Services provides many services for individuals, families, children, and seniors in need. https://www.mdhs.ms.gov/covid-19-updates/Mortgage assistance and forbearance Mississippi Home Corporation (MHC) has reopened the Hardest Hit Fund (HHF) to provide short-term mortgage assistance to those who have lost employment or income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This will allow MHC to pay monthly mortgage payment assistance. People can submit applications through an online portal : mshomesaver.comIf you have a federally backed mortgage, and if you experience financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic, you have a right to request a forbearance for up to 180 days. You also have the right to request an extension for up to another 180 days. You must contact your loan servicer to request this forbearance. There will be no additional fees, penalties or additional interest (beyond scheduled amounts) added to your account. You do not need to submit additional documentation to qualify other than your claim to have a pandemic-related financial hardship.https://www.consumerfinance.gov/about-us/blog/guide-coronavirus-mortgage-relief-options/Forbearance is when your mortgage servicer or lender allows you to pause (suspend), or reduce your mortgage payments for a limited period of time while you regain your financial footing.Forbearance doesn’t mean your payments are forgiven or erased. You are still required to repay any missed or reduced payments in the future.Make sure you understand how the forbearance will be repaid. There can be different forbearance programs or options, depending on the type of your loan.If and when your income is restored, reach out to your servicer and resume making payments as soon as you can so your future obligation is limited.Credit CardsOn May 12th we had a guest on our show from the National Foundation for Credit Counseling. In addition to mortgage forbearance, he talked about credit cards and asking for help with your debt. http://moneytalks.mpbonline.org/episodes/money-talks-credit-counselingContact your provider to formally request financial assistance.Tell them you’ve been impacted by the coronavirus pandemicAsk questions about the credit card relief packages they offerGet a written copy of your agreementAsk to lower your monthly minimum payment or ask for waiving or refunding late fees. Reduce your interest rate. Establish a payment plan to pay off existing balances.https://www.consumerfinance.gov/about-us/blog/credit-card-debt-during-coronavirus-relief-options-tips/#:~:text=Lowering%20or%20deferring%20your%20monthly,after%20your%20forbearance%20period%20ends.Small business assistanceOn May 20, 2020, Governor Tate Reeves signed SB2772 into law, establishing the Back to Business Mississippi Grant Program. The grants will be used to help businesses in Mississippi with 50 or fewer employees recover from the economic impact of COVID-19, including operating expenses and salaries.The Mississippi Development Authority is now accepting applications on this site from small businesses.https://www.backtobusinessms.org/Child CareThe Childcare Crisis Assistance in Isolation Response Plan (CCAIR) is designed to serve as temporary, emergency childcare facilities during this crisis period for families listed as essential workers in Executive Order 1463. For more information on CCAIR, as well as what steps that must be taken before being considered for certification as a CCAIR site, you can go to www.mdhs.ms.gov/ccair.Don't forget to redeem your gift cards before stores go out of businessUnited Way and Salvation Army might be of assistance for you. The Mississippi Department of Mental Health has resources on its website and a phone number to call for help. 1-877-210-8579http://www.dmh.ms.gov/regarding-the-covid19-coronavirus/https://www.entergy.com/covid-19/msresources/https://www.mississippi.org/coronavirus/Calls:Unemployment for self employedGet my payment https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-paymentRetirementUnemployment and EIP
6/16/2020

Money Talks: Travel during Coronavirus

Have you gotten your Economic Impact Payment? Will you be traveling during the "Summer of Coronavirus"? irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-paymentsPeople who have lost or destroyed their Visa prepaid debit cards now can request a free replacement through MetaBank’s customer service department. You can call 800-240-8100 (select option 2 from the main menu). If your address changed, you may need to go through the process of changing it on file with the IRS. One way to do so is by filing Form 8822, Change of Address.To trace your payment, call the IRS at 800-919-9835 or you may submit Form 3911.Can you say Stay-Cation?What are some examples of some free things to do near your home? Catch a magnificent sunset or sunriseTake a walk or bike ride.Play in the park.Swim at the beach or lake.Visit a state park and walk their trailsVisit a market.Are you driving somewhere?Improve the Efficiency of Your Car: When taking road trips make sure your car is operating efficiently and is fully serviced. Some tips:Check the pressure of your car tires.Drive slower.Use the right oil to increase mile usage.Watch your luggage – the heavier the car the more fuel you’ll use.Pack inside your car not on top.What about the availability of rest stops for each state, their welcome center and any COVID-19 information you may need to know? https://htv-prod-media.s3.amazonaws.com/files/state-rest-stop-travel-information-new-1591885986.pdfStaying in a hotel?Consider staying more than 1 night for a discountCall the hotel directly to get a cheap room or obtain special information.Could you save by staying over a Sunday night?
6/9/2020

Money Talks: MS Food Network

Our guest is Dr. Charles Beady, the Executive Director of Mississippi Food Network, which began in 1983 as a warehouse facility that would accumulate, store, and distribute food for charities who would then make the final distributions to needy people in their community. MFN is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. https://www.msfoodnet.org/There are 430 agencies that distribute the food that MS Food Network accumulates.No.1 requested food donation: canned meatWhen NOT during a pandemic, volunteers who have registered help at the warehouse each month https://www.msfoodnetvolunteers.org/If your organization would like to host a food drive, please contact Stacey Cain at 601-973-7089 or scain@msfoodnet.org.If you are interested in making a corporate donation, please call Mack Matthews atmmatthews@msfoodnet.orgor 601-353-7215.There are other ways to give:Monetary donationsShop at Kroger. When shopping at Kroger Stores, make a donation to MFN by registering your Kroger card with the Community Rewards Program (www.kroger.com/account/enrollCommunityRewardsNow/)or through the scan card program found at all registers.Shop Amazon Smile. It’s just like “regular” shopping at Amazon.com, but .05 percent of your purchase can be designated for MFN.Sign up to support Mississippi Food Network today(smile.amazon.com).To contact MS Food Network:Mississippi Food NetworkP.O. Box 411Jackson MS 39205-0411info@msfoodnet.orgU. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics – Unemployment data https://www.bls.gov/
5/26/2020

Money Talks: Hurricane Financial Documents

No sooner do we come out ofthe Safer at home executive order but it’s almost hurricane season. Today’s show is an encore broadcast from May 8th 2018. Our hosts, Dr Nancy Lottridge Anderson, President of New Perspectives and Ryder Taff, Portfolio Manager at New Perspectives give advice on how to prepare your financial first aid kit.http://moneytalks.mpbonline.org/episodes/5cd31f1533f6c1be55607d842020 Information:https://www.msema.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/39779_MEMA-Hurrican-Preparedness.pdfhttps://www.msema.org/preparedness-2/hurricanes/https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1582162058237-59774592ecfffe4e9962d0e1ec3e4780/EFFAKToolkit_FormsOnly_20190906.pdfhttps://www.ready.gov/financial-preparednessEmergency Financial First Aid KitTheEmergency Financial First Aid Kit(EFFAK), a joint publication fromOperation Hopeand FEMA, can help you prepare financially and provides tips to reduce the financialimpact ofdisasters on you and your family.For OrganizationsEncourage people throughout your organization or workplace to prepare financially. Here are some ideas to promote financial preparedness in your organization:Hold a brown bag meeting.Make a presentation at an existing staff meeting usingSafeguard Critical Documents and Valuablesto support your discussion.Include financial preparedness information in the staff monthly newsletter.At HomeStoreimportant documents either in a safety deposit box, an external drive oron the cloud to make it easy to access during a disaster.Take time now tosafeguard these critical documents.Household IdentificationPhoto ID (to prove identity of household members)Birth certificate (to maintain or re-establish contact with family members)Social Security card (to apply for FEMA disaster assistance)Military servicePet ID tagsFinancial and Legal DocumentationHousing payments (to identify financial records and obligations)Insurance policies (to re-establish financial accounts)Sources of income (to maintain payments and credit)Tax statements (to provide contact information for financial and legal providers and to apply for FEMA disaster assistance)Medical InformationPhysician information (in case medical care is needed)Copies of health insurance information (to make sure existing care continues uninterrupted)Immunization recordsMedicationsInsurance InformationHaving insurance for your home or business property is the best way to make sure you will have the necessary financial resources to help you repair, rebuild or replace whatever is damaged.Document and insure your property now.Household Contact InformationBanking institutionsInsurance agentsHealth professionalsService providersPlace of worshipGet Your Benefits ElectronicallyA disaster can disrupt mail service for days or weeks. If you depend on Social Security or other regular benefits, switching to electronic payments is a simple, significant way to protect yourself financially before disaster strikes. It also eliminates the risk of stolen checks. The U.S. Department of the Treasury recommends two safer ways to get federal benefits:Direct deposit to a checking or savings account. If you get federal benefits you can sign up by calling 800-333-1795 orsign up online.TheDirect Express® prepaid debit card is designed as a safe and easy alternative to paper.
5/19/2020

Money Talks: Whats New?

What's going on in Mississippi this week?We are still under the Safer-at-home Executive Order number 1477 that was extended and remains in effect until Monday, May 25th. Governor Tate Reeves is encouraging all of us to stay at home unless engaged in Essential Activities or Essential Travel. Gov. Tate Reeves has expanded social distancing guidelines for Attala, Leake, Scott, Jasper, Neshoba, Newton, and Lauderdale counties. Businesses in these counties must screen employees for the coronavirus. People have to wear masks if they cannot social distance at their jobs and masks must be worn during retail, live auction and flea market shopping.https://www.sos.ms.gov/content/executiveorders/ExecutiveOrders/1477.pdfhttps://www.sos.ms.gov/content/executiveorders/ExecutiveOrders/1480.pdfThe governor added some benefits for the unemployed. https://www.coronavirus.ms.gov/2020-04/governor-reeves-extends-unemployment-workers-impacted-covid-19Calls concerned:credit card ratesa 2nd EIP check?wife lost workdo dependents get checks?where's my check?unemploymentyou need your AGI for "Get My Payment" at the IRSchecks to deceased individualsLooking for a way to make more money?consider online tutoring sites like Chegg or VIPKidselling handmade products such as jewelry or greeting cards on ETSYdelivering food for DoorDash or GrubHubDelivering groceries for companies such as Shipt or Instacart selling books on Amazon Marketplace or other items locally on Facebook Marketplace offering to your services to neighborsyards maintenancedog walkingsupervising childrenoutside or in a park – if you already have a relationship with the family.https://www.inhersight.com/blog/how-to/make-money-during-coronavirus-pandemic?_n=92545989#Also consider taking a class in contact tracing so you'll be ready for the job market when Mississippi starts hiringhttps://www.coursera.org/learn/covid-19-contact-tracing?edocomorp=covid-19-contact-tracing