Money Talks

2/23/2021

Money Talks: Unemployment 2021

Guests: MDES Executive Director, Jackie Turner, Deputy Executive Director-General Counsel, John Garrett, and Director, Office of ReEmployment Assistance, Erma CookHosts: Dr. Nancy Lottridge-Anderson, President of New Perspectives and Ryder Taff, portfolio manager at New Perspectives. Nancy and Ryder are both Chartered Financial Analysts and Ryder also holds the Certificate in Investment Performance Measurement from the CFA Institute.https://mdes.ms.gov/ 601-493-9427There is no fee for Unemployment Services through MDES. They do not solicit payments on social media and employees are prohibited from using social media to assist customers. If you are asked to pay a fee for these services, DO NOT PAY the fee and report this to MDES.If someone filed an unemployment claim using your information report this immediately to MDES.Beware of scams aiming to steal your personal information. Claimants should only use the agency’s official website: mdes.ms.gov to give out personal information.Some customers were issued additional benefit payments in excess of the amount to which they were entitled. Those affected have been issued a notice of overpayment. You are entitled only to benefits for which you are eligible. You must repay all benefits that are overpaid even if you were paid in error. Overpayments are legally enforceable debts.Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) programPandemic Unemployment Assistance - PUAPandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)Mixed Earner Unemployment CompensationWIN Job Centerscredit card offerstaxes on unemploymentre-use prospective unemployersopening financial accounts for minorstax formsTicket to Workunemployment appealhow long does unemploment lastInnovate MS for job resourcescan not contribute to an IRA with only unemployment incomekeep records
2/9/2021

Money Talks: Free!

Everyone likes free. Some folks need free versions of services or items. We’re working off a list from MSN 27 Things You Should Never Pay For — and How to Get Them for Free Birthday meals: 20 Restaurant Chains That Offer Free Food for Your BirthdayThrough April of 2021, you can get free credit reports from Equifax, Experian and TransUnion as often as once a week. https://www.annualcreditreport.com/index.actionCredit cards: The words to look for: No annual fee. https://www.creditcards.com/ https://wallethub.com/credit-cards/no-annual-fee/ https://www.creditkarma.com/credit-cards/no-annual-feeStream entertainment for free. 15 Free Streaming Services to WatchDon’t forget MPB television is available all over the state for free. If you need help adjusting your antenna for better reception the technical service folks here at MPB can help you with that over the phone if you call the front desk during business hours (601) 432- 6565To see the free over-the-air channels available where you live, enter your address at the Federal Communications Commission’s “DTV reception maps.” https://www.fcc.gov/media/engineering/dtvmapsYou can get free products at dollar stores. Deal blogs like Moola Saving Mom, The Krazy Coupon Lady and CouponMom.com do it for you scour all the coupons available out there and determine which coupons are for items sold at chains like Dollar Tree. The result, known as “coupon matchups,” is basically a list of current coupons that you can redeem at particular dollar stores. While the lineup varies from week to week, you can expect to find free stuff regularly. We’ll have links to these blogs on our website. If you come across free items that you can’t use, consider donating them to a local charity.the National Park Service offers free admission on a handful of days scattered throughout the year. 2021 the free days are: April 17: First day of National Park Week, August 4: One year anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act, August 25: National Park Service Birthday, September 25: National Public Lands Day, November 11: Veterans Day https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parks.htmFree passes that are avaliable: The Volunteer Pass, A new pass program grants U.S. military veterans and Gold Star Families, The Annual 4th Grade Pass, A new voucher is now available for 5th grade students for the rest of the school year! https://www.everykidoutdoors.gov/index.htmTrace your genealogy for free.10 Ways to Research Your Family Tree for Free Many libraries have subscriptions to ancestry.com where you can look up census records and hook up with others researching their families. The Mississippi Department of Archives and History has a website dealing with genealogy. Their staff can tell you what’s available to look at in person at their headquarters in Jackson. https://www.mdah.ms.gov/genealogyAfter your next checkup, ask your dentist if they have any wrapped toothbrushes, paste and floss to give you that they receive for free from manufacturers. If you don’t use them they’re great to keep for visiting friends or donate to local organizations.Money management tips: What ATMs can you use for free? Does your bank reimburse ATM charges. Learn how you can avoid trading fees if that is of interest to you. Charles Schwab, E*TRADE, TD Ameritrade, Fidelity and Vanguard have announced $0 commission trades on stocks and exchange-traded funds (ETFs).LinkedIn Learning offers its catalog of online courses free to patrons of participating libraries. There are 13,000 courses available. So, ask your library if it partners with LinkedIn Learning or similar services. What is the Black Swan?Black swan events can cause catastrophic damage to an economy by negatively impacting markets and investments, but even the use of robust modeling cannot prevent a black swan event.The term was popularized by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, a finance professor, writer, and former Wall Street trader in his 2007 book titled The Black Swan.Webinar: Tuesday, February 9, 2021 | 6:00pm CDTRSVP to attend this event
1/12/2021

Money Talks: Open Topic January

Our experts talk about what's in the news and answer your personal finance questions.Dr. Nancy Lottridge-Anderson, President of New Perspectives and Ryder Taff, portfolio manager at New Perspectives. Nancy and Ryder are both Chartered Financial Analysts and Ryder also holds the Certificate in Investment Performance Measurement from the CFA Institute.Stimulus checks have been deposited, are being sent as paper checks, and sent as debit cards. The IRS Get My Payment tool is the most appropriate and timely avenue for status updates on your EIP. https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment Visit the IRS.gov website with questionsSaturday, Jan 16th is National Use Your Gift Cards DayAdditional unemployment assistance is avaialble. https://mdes.ms.gov/unemployment-claims/covid19/pandemic-unemployment-assistance-pua/MDES: Call 7am to 7pm Monday to Friday: 601-326-1119, or 601-493-9427. You can leave a call back number. They are very busy so penitence is requested – so says MDES on THEIR twitter page.https://accessms.mdes.ms.gov/accessms/faces/login/login.xhtmlDecember jobs numbers are out: all the jobs lost in the United States were held by women. https://www.thecut.com/2021/01/all-jobs-lost-in-december-2020-were-held-by-women-report.htmlThe next Powerball drawing is WED, JANUARY 13 AT 9:59 P.M. CTfor at least 550 million dollars.The next drawing for Mega Million is : TUE, JANUARY 12 AT 10 P.M. CT for at least 615 million dollars.Bitcoin discussionCalls:stimulus cardsmutual fund2020 born baby"fed tax exempt" on retirementstimulus
12/22/2020

Money Talks: Extension Service

Our guest today is Dr. Rebecca Campbell Smith, associate professor with the MSU Extension Service. Dr. Smith works with the Extension Center for Economic Education and Financial Literacy.http://extension.msstate.edu/Family finanical management websiteThe Healthy, Wealthy and Wise Program is designed to motivate adults to improve financial health and increase wealth by reducing debt, increasing savings and gaining confidence in the ability to make wise financial decisions.When Your Income Drops If your family suffers loss of income, try to remain calm and don’t waste time and energy blaming yourself. Instead, take control of the situation by doing the best you can with the resources available to your family.Managing Personal Finances During COVID-19: This toolkit provides information and resources to help individuals and families stabilize and improve their financial well-being as they weather loss of income and declining asset values. It is also intended to help consumers protect themselves now and position themselves for a stronger financial future.Other pamphlets and videos include: Basic Money ManagementCreditDisaster ReliefEstate and Finanical PlanningFraud and Identity TheftHousing and HomebuyerVolunteer Money MentorsYouth Finanical LiteracyCalls:stimulus taxable?kids and stimulusunemploymentdependent and stimuluslandlord helpsocial security and stimulusHow To Get Your Second Stimulus Payment Direct Deposited To Your Bank Account - a Forbes articleCongress has agreed to a roughly $900 billion economic relief package that includes a second round of stimulus payments.The second stimulus payment will be:A onetime stimulus payment of $600 for each individualA onetime stimulus payment of $1,200 for married or joint filersA onetime stimulus payment of $600 for dependents age 16 and underIn order to qualify for the second stimulus payment, you will need to have earned (in 2019) less than $75,000 (for individuals) or $150,000 (for married/joint filers). If your income is higher than those limits, then the stimulus payment is reduced by 5% of your adjusted gross income above those limits. This was the formula and income threshold under the first stimulus payment bill.
12/15/2020

Money Talks: December Open Topic

Our experts are Dr. Nancy Lottridge-Anderson, President of New Perspectives and Ryder Taff, portfolio manager at New Perspectives. Nancy and Ryder are both Chartered Financial Analysts and Ryder also holds the Certificate in Investment Performance Measurement from the CFA Institute. https://www.newper.com/Blog: Leaving Money on the Table https://newper.blogspot.com/2020/12/leaving-money-on-table.htmltalking about when to take social security.Social Security https://www.ssa.gov/My Social Security https://www.ssa.gov/myaccount/Money Talks Social Security Podcast: http://moneytalks.mpbonline.org/episodes/money-talks-social-security-decemberMoney Talks on You Tube on the MPB Think Radio ChannelFrugal Fit Mom’s video called 132 meals for $42The Minimal Mom channel has a video called 57 Things We Don’t Buy AnymoreBlog: What Were We Thinking ?!? https://newper.blogspot.com/2020/10/reading-along-with-ryder-part-5-what.htmlDuring these times of COVID-19, accessing your credit is important. That's why Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion are now offering free weekly online reports through April 2021. https://www.annualcreditreport.com/FICO videos https://www.fico.com/en/sabf/resourcesBlog: Credit Score Questions https://newper.blogspot.com/2020/12/credit-score-questions.htmlWebinare video: https://vimeo.com/489583454 Password: ^0u?Rmg% Thank you Mississippi Council for Economic Education https://mscee.org/If you get your credit score from Credit Karma, you’re probably getting a Vantage Score not a FICO Score. Different credit lending institutions look at different scores issued by scoring bureaus. Besides those two agencies, there are about a dozen more credit scoring agencies.Blog: How to Give https://newper.blogspot.com/2020/09/how-to-give.htmlMoney Talks Community Foundation podcast: http://moneytalks.mpbonline.org/episodes/money-talks-community-foundationsCalls:401K pandemic taxesssa - which years do they use?email - top earningsssa - older workerstransfering money and spam emails http://moneytalks.mpbonline.org/episodes/money-talks-transferring-cash-encoressa - expired checkemail - PERS http://moneytalks.mpbonline.org/episodes/money-talks-pers