Money Talks

12/1/2020

Money Talks: Community Foundations

On Giving Tuesday, our guest is: Keith Fulcher, president of the Community Foundation for Northwest Mississippi https://cfnm.org/ Find out more on their YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/CFNM2002/videosWe learned what a community foundation is and who the CFNM serves (eleven Mississippi counties: Bolivar, Coahoma, DeSoto, Leflore, Marshall, Panola, Quitman, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate and Tunica)Other community foundations in the area:Community Foundation of East Mississippi: five county area, Lauderdale, Kemper, Neshoba, Newton and Clarke.https://www.cfem.org/The Gulf Coast Community Foundation: South Mississippi.https://www.mgccf.org/West Point Community Foundationhttp://www.wpnet.org/index.php/community/community_foundationCREATE Foundation serves Northeast MS: Alcorn, Benton, Calhoun, Chickasaw, Clay, Itawamba, Lafayette, Lee, Lowndes, Marshall, Monroe, Oktibbeha, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Tippah, Tishomingo and Union counties.https://createfoundation.com/Pinebelt Foundation https://www.pinebeltfoundation.org/Community Foundation of Greater Jackson become the Community Foundation of Mississippi https://formississippi.org/Community Foundation of Greater Memphis serves Eastern AR; Northern MS; Western TN https://www.cfgm.org/Listen and learn how the donations are managed, what a donor-estabished fund is, how to establish a scholarship fund, and what charities CFNM provides assistance. If you would like to financially support Mississippi Public Broadcasting, reach out to the MPB Foundation and find out how at https://www.mpbfoundation.org/
11/3/2020

Money Talks: November Open Topic

Open Topic November! What's in the News:If you haven’t received the first and so far only Economic Impact payment: November 21 at 3 p.m. ET Deadline to Request Your Economic Impact PaymentIf youdid not:file a 2019 federal tax return,get an Economic Impact Payment,register for an Economic Impact Payment already.If that is you then, useNon-Filers: Enter Payment InfobyNovember 21to register for your payment.Social Security, Railroad Retirement and Department of Veteran Affairs benefit recipients who already received a $1,200 payment now have until November 21 to register for a payment for their spouse or qualifying child.You will receive an additional $500 Payment for each qualifying child you claimed on your tax return being used to calculate your Payment. Here's the criteria you should consider:Relationship to the individual who is eligible for the Payment:The child is the son, daughter, stepchild, eligible foster child, brother, sister, stepbrother, stepsister, half-brother, half-sister, or a descendant of any of them (for example, grandchild, niece, or nephew).Child's age:The child was under age 17 at the end of the taxable year.Dependent of the individual who's eligible for the Payment:The child is claimed as a dependent on the 2018 or 2019 tax return or entered on the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here tool.Child's citizenship:The child is a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or U.S. resident alien.Child's Residency:Child must have lived with the individual eligible for the Payment for more than half the tax year.Support for Child:Child must not provide over half of own support for the tax year.Child's taxpayer identification number:The child has a valid work eligible Social Security number or an Adoption Taxpayer Identification Number (ATIN) that was issued before July 15, 2020.https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payment-information-centerFor Election Day, you can get:A free glazed doughnut at Krispy Kreme along with a special voting sticker while supplies last Tuesday. Planet Fitness is offering a way to work off the stress of the election with a free workout and massage Tuesday through Nov. 8.Uber and Lyft also are offering discounted rides to the polls.DoorDash: The on-demand delivery app will have free delivery on all orders with a $15 minimum placed on Election Day with promo code VOTEStarting Tuesday and through Nov. 9, McDonald's is giving away its new pastry items with the purchase of a hot or iced coffee through its app.Get free delivery Tuesday on Grubhub orders over $25.Shake Shack: Poll workers get a free sandwich including the Shackburger and the Chick’n Shack from Sunday through Election Day with proof of badge.https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/food/2020/11/03/voters-freebies-poll-workers-deals-election-day-2020/6090281002/We discussed buying coconut mild picked by monkeys. https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/food/2020/10/28/coconut-milk-chaokoh-monkey-labor-peta-costco-walgreens/5918418002/According to an article on CNN:The S&P 500 fell 0.04% between July 31 and October 31. That means the market forecasts -- by a hair -- that Joe Biden will win, according to CFRA Research's Presidential Predictor.The stock market has a fairly reliable track record: Since World War II, when the S&P 500 fell in the three months leading up to the November vote during a presidential election year, the incumbent president or party of the outgoing president has lost the election 88% of the time.https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/01/investing/stock-market-joe-biden-donald-trump-election/index.htmlThe Governor’s Job Fair, a division of The Mississippi Department of Employment Security has some job fairs coming up.2020 I-59 Drive-Thru Job Fair Begins:9:00 am until 3pm on November 5, 2020 at Magnolia Center Fairgrounds Parking Lot, 1459 Ellisville Blvd, Laurel, MS https://www.jobfairs.ms.gov/node/582020 Mississippi Drive-Thru Job Fair Begins:9:00 am until 3pm on November 10, 2020 atTrustmark Park Parking Lot, 1 Braves Blvd, Pearl, Mississippi https://www.jobfairs.ms.gov/node/602020 Gulf Coast Drive-Thru Job Fair Begins:9:00 am until 3pm on November 12, 2020 at Edgewater Mall Parking Lot, 2600 Beach Blvd, Biloxi, Mississippi https://www.jobfairs.ms.gov/node/59The Madison County Economic Development Authority has announced UPS will be building a new $28.6 million distribution facility in Ridgeland starting in early 2021 and is expected to bring more than 160 new jobs to the area with an average annual salary of $57,000. Those interested in applying for a position at the new facility can visit www.upsjobs.com.Amazon is prepping for another facility in Mississippi, this time in Madison County. The development marks the fourth investment by the company in Mississippi in just over two years. In July, Amazon announced hiring more than 500 new, full-time positions at its fulfillment center in Olive Branch, MS. Interested candidates applied online at www.amazon.com/missjobs The full-time jobs started at $15 an hour with comprehensive benefits starting on day one.Home furniture maker Fusion Furniture has announced a new manufacturing plant in Mississippi. Between 150 and 180 new jobs will added. Production was to begin yesterday. Starting pay for experienced woodworkers and upholsters will be $21 an hour and all positions come up with benefits.https://www.clarionledger.com/story/business/2020/10/29/ups-build-28-6-million-facility-ridgeland-create-160-jobs/6071327002/https://www.localmemphis.com/article/money/business/amazon-to-hire-500-full-time-workers-in-olive-branch-mississippi/522-ef9dcf55-4c88-4d2c-a05b-636bd2849ab4https://www.woodworkingnetwork.com/news/woodworking-industry-news/fusion-furniture-adds-200000-sq-ft-facility-150-jobs
10/27/2020

Money Talks: Money Mindfulness

Listeners discussed: how to choose an advisor http://moneytalks.mpbonline.org/episodes/money-talks-choosing-a-professionalWhy she didn't shop at a particular storeWhat is fiduciaryconsumer economyclimate changethank youfair tradeanuityDo you think about this before you make purchaes:Environmental impact of what you buy – single use vs reusableImpact of what it’s made from – petroleum products vs made from recycled materialsImpact of how it’s made – child labor vs army labor vs well paid workersWhere’s it’s made – USA vs over seasPackaging – incased in disposable material vs bulk and bring your own containerCompany that makes the product – social philosophy of CEO, politicians they endorseTreatment of animals – made of or tested onAre you willing to pay more for one item over another based-on Ethics?Want vs need. Are you buying on purpose or out of habit? Money stays with you or goes to a company that you may not agree with their philosophyRather than “buying” things new buy: Secondhand, Swap, Trade, Repurpose to minimizes the amount of junk that makes its way into landfills, minimizes the number of new items being produced and minimizes your own expense. http://moneytalks.mpbonline.org/episodes/5cd31f1533f6c1be55607d58Will I use social media or tell my family why I choose one company over another to encourage them if they share your beliefsSuggestions:Focus on the business you use most frequently – where do you spend the most money? Learn about that company / organization3 Tips to help you be Money Mindful: 1) Keep a Money Diary 2) when you want to make an impulse purchase take 5 deep breaths to take yourself out of the “impulse moment” 3) keep your credit cards at home and only take them out with you when you plan to make a purchaseWake up and pay attention to what you spend your money onEducate yourself on companies and their practices. Learn about movements that interest you and follow their practices.Read labels on products and use your gut instinct. Talk to local business owners. Donate to organizations that fight for ethics you believe in.Volunteer for groups that think the same way you do.Support politicians who have views in line with your own.Information:When you see a product with the Fair Trade Certified seal, it was made according to specific social, environmental, and economic standards. These products are available for purchase at Kroger, Target, Sam’s, Amazon, and other popular retailers. https://www.fairtradeamerica.org/Socially responsible investing (SRI) is an investing strategy that strives to generate both ethical change and financial returns for an investor. Socially responsible investments often include companies making a positive sustainable or societal impact.https://www.moneyunder30.com/mindfulness-can-help-you-save-moneyhttps://www.thesimpledollar.com/financial-wellness/shopping-ethically-without-breaking-your-budget/https://www.fairtradecertified.org/productshttps://www.ecowatch.com/shopping-ethically-2637784366.html?rebelltitem=6#rebelltitem6https://medium.com/naturehub/what-is-a-conscious-consumer-and-why-does-it-matter-4b7a14ca08fchttps://qz.com/920561/conscious-consumerism-is-a-lie-heres-a-better-way-to-help-save-the-world/https://growensemble.com/conscious-consumerism/https://www.nerdwallet.com/article/investing/socially-responsible-investinghttps://brainymoney.com/money-mindfulness-tips-to-stay-on-track/
10/13/2020

Money Talks: Transferring Cash ENCORE

Factors to take into consideration when deciding to give someone money:·Fees,Speed,Sending amount, Where the recipient is located, Security, access to actual cashhttps://www.npr.org/sections/money/2013/10/04/229224964/episode-489-the-invisible-plumbing-of-our-economyhttps://www.mic.com/articles/192848/4-reasons-to-always-carry-cashhttps://www.usbank.com/newsroom/news/digital-payment-platforms-primed-to-topple-cash.htmlhttps://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/15/more-americans-say-they-dont-carry-cash.htmlhttps://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/banking/faq-send-money-individual/https://www.gobankingrates.com/making-money/business/9-ways-transfer-money-friends-family/1.Cash – easiest and most obvious. a.About 3 in 10 Americans said they make no purchases with cash in a typical week.b.In a survey of more than 2,000 Americans, U.S. Bank found that 50 percent of respondents said they carry cash with them less than half of the time they are out.c.More than 1 in 10 millennials use their digital wallet for every purchase. d.Adults with an annual household income of over $75,000 were more than twice as likely as those making less than $30,000 to say they do not make any purchases using cash in a typical week.2.Bank TransferBanks electronically transfer money via ACH. Although some charge fees for a bank transfer, many banks let you transfer money for free to other accounts. Sending a wire transfer through your bank might be the best way to send a large amount quickly. Generally $2,000 to $10,000 per transfer, and delivery can take multiple days.3.Online Bill Payment Although online bill payment is geared toward recurring payments, like monthly utility bills, it also works for one-time payments. Your bank will outline how to send money through its online bill payment system; the process typically involves logging onto the bank website, filling out the amount of money you wish to send and the recipient’s information, and authorizing the payment to be mailed out or transferred electronically.Transfers from banks to banks:4.ZelleAccount holders at banks that are part of the clearXchange network can take advantage of the new Zelle app, which allows you to to securely send money to others by using your bank’s mobile app. With Zelle, users just need a mobile phone number or an email address to send money to their intended recipient. No account information is shared when you send money; the program will only use your email or mobile phone number to send or receive money to or from your bank account.5.PopmoneyPopmoney offers one of the easiest ways to send money via mobile devices or email if you have an account at a participating bank. You can send money for free if a Popmoney user sends you a request. Otherwise, it’s only 95 cents if you initiate the transfer.Non-bank transfers:6.Walmart-2-Walmart: Walmart is cheaper than traditional money transfer companies, such as Western Union and MoneyGram. You can send to one of the thousands of U.S. Walmart stores, where a recipient can pick up the money within minutes. The maximum you can send is $2,500, and costs can reach up to $16.7.Person to Person apps- limit how much you can transfer. Examples are Square cash, Venmo – owned by PayPal, Facebook Messenger, Google Wallet, Dwolla8.International money transfers options:When you make a transfer abroad, you generally encounter two costs: the upfront fee and the foreign exchange margin, or the markup on the exchange rate financial institutions use when transferring money among themselves. Consider both fees to find the best deal.a.TransferWise or OFX for free servicesb.Xoom, a PayPal division and MoneyGram are fast optionsc.Western UnionThe biggest money transfer company worldwide, Western Union also has a sizable range of transfer options. On the provider’s price estimator tool online, you’ll see almost a dozen combinations of sending channels, payment methods and delivery options. You can send money from the Western Union website or its mobile app, and you can use a bank account, debit card or credit card — or send from a nearby agent location using cash.The transfer giant’s physical network covers over 200 countries and territories and more than half a million locations globally.