Money Talks: 529 Savings Plans
Emelia Nordan, The College Savings Director from the State Treasurer’s office takes questions and explains the MPACT and MACS savings plans for school tuition. https://www.treasurerlynnfitch.ms.gov/collegesavingsmississippi/Pages/default.aspx
Money Talks: Credit Cards
Hosts Kevin Farrell and Dr Nancy Lottridge Anderson and Ryder Taff discuss, current events, credit cards and take your questions.American credit card debt now exceeds $1 trillion. The average US household has $8,398 in credit card debt. 60% of Americans carry their credit card balance month to month.Coin shortage, mortgage rates, stores closing on Thanksgiving this year: everybody https://www.theblackfriday.com/stores-closed-on-thanksgiving-day.phpAccording to the website nerd wallet dot com credit score ranges are: 300-329 Bad, 630 – 689 Fair, 690-719 Good, and 720-850 means the likelihood of you repaying new debt is excellent.A credit card allows you to borrow money from a bank to make purchases. As long as you pay back the money you borrow within the “grace period” of 25-30 days, you don’t have to pay extra. If you don’t pay it back in that time period, you’ll have to pay interest — a percentage of the money you owe the bank — on top of what you borrowed.Until the passage of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act of 1974, women could not get a credit card without a husband as a co-signer. That meant single women and married women who wished to establish credit separate from their spouses were denied credit cards. The 1974 law made it illegal for creditors to discriminate against applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, or marital status.According to Shift Credit Card Processing: 14% of Americans have at least 10 credit cardsPros:You can make a large purchase now and pay it off in smaller amounts over time.Carrying credit cards is more convenient (and safer) than carrying a wad of cash, and credit cards are more widely accepted than personal checks.With responsible use, you can build your credit, which will be important later on.Many credit cards give you rewards, essentially giving you back 1% or more of the money you spend. Or sign-up bonuses.Cons:You can easily dig yourself into debt if you’re not careful about your spending.The ease of using credit cards can cause you to overspend.Missing payments or maxing out a card can sink your credit score quickly.Interest can make even a small debt become large over time.Types of cards:REWARDS – cash back, travel points, specific airline or hotel cards, store cards.Best for cardholders who pay their bill in full every monthLOW INTEREST - lower interest rate, might come with a 0% introductory APR period. Good credit needed to qualifyBALANCE TRANSFER - move your debt from another issuer to take advantage of a lower interest rate. Requires good or excellent credit.SECURED credit card require a security deposit. For those with average or bad creditSTUDENT CARDS - The Credit Card Act of 2009 prohibits issuers from giving cards to people under 21 unless they have proof of income or a co-signer. Helps peopleestablish creditRemember:Fees: late payment, annual fees, Balance transfer fee, Cash advance fee, Foreign transaction feeInterest payments when you don’t pay off your debt in full: APR for purchases, APR for balance transfers, APR for cash advances, Penalty APRTips:Pay your bill on time and in full every monthKeep your balance below 30% of your available creditWait at least six months between credit card applicationsReview your account online weekly to track spending and avoid fraudKeep no-annual-fee credit cards open and active to avoid hurting your credit scorehttps://spendmenot.com/credit-card-debt-statistics/https://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/nerdscholar/credit-card/#:~:text=A%20credit%20card%20allows%20you%20to%20borrow%20money%20from%20a,round%2Dtrip%20ticket%20to%20France.&text=If%20you%20don't%20pay,top%20of%20what%20you%20borrowed.https://www.nerdwallet.com/article/credit-cards/credit-cards-101?trk=nw_gn2_4.0https://shiftprocessing.com/credit-card/Calls about:Billsproving it's not your debtdebt collection time framekeeping a file of correspondence
Money Talks: Money Saving Tips
In addition to answering your phone calls and emails, we've got money saving tips for 2020 from AARP https://www.aarp.org/money/budgeting-saving/info-2020/99-ways-to-save.htmlAmazon Prime Day is officially delayed, but not cancelled, due to the pandemic. A new date for the typical mid-July sales event has not been announced.Mississippi's sales-tax-free weekend is coming up Friday, July 31 to Saturday, Aug. 1. Sales tax will not be due on articles of clothing, footwear or school supplies if the sales price of a single item is less than $100.Sport clothing, shoes and accessories are still subject to the 7% tax rate and do not qualify during the holiday.Layaway items do not qualify for the tax break.The tax holiday only qualifies for in-store purchases. Mail, internet and telephone sales are still subject to sales tax.In 2019, the legislature amended the tax holiday to include school supplies in the tax holiday. Electronics such as laptops or tablets are not listed as eligible school supplies. There is a long list of what does qualify as a school supply. https://www.dor.ms.gov/Business/Documents/2020%20Sales%20Tax%20Holiday.pdfThe parent company of Ann Taylor, Justice, Lane Bryant, and Catherines clothing stores have recently filed for bankruptcy.Also finling from: Lucky's Market, Organic grocer Earth Fare, Pier 1, Modell's Sporting Goods, J. Crew, Neiman Marcus, Stage Stores, which owns Goody's, Palais Royal, Bealls, Peebles, and Gordmans, JCPenney, Tuesday Morning, GNC, the parent company of Chuck E. Cheese, Brooks Brothers, The parent company of New York & Co., and The Paper Store.Men's Wearhouse and Jos. A. Bank will close up to 500 stores. You might find a bargain by shopping at one of them.https://www.businessinsider.com/retailers-filed-bankruptcy-liquidation-closing-stores-2020-2#cec-entertainment-the-parent-company-of-chuck-e-cheese-filed-for-chapter-11-bankruptcy-protection-on-june-25-its-finances-had-been-in-freefall-since-the-coronavirus-pandemic-hit-18Use a stores loyalty program to save - Wendy's Rewards has added to its app https://www.wendys.com/rewards Tips:Downsize your cart.when shoppingLet your online shopping car sit.Pay for subscriptions up front.Have a "no spend month" or "no spend day"Buy don't rent a routerGet free mulch / wood chips from your city or local tree care companiesVarious phone calls touched on other topics.
Money Talks: Day Trading
What is Day Trading? Is it risky? Can anyone do it?Hear Ryder and Nancy's opinions.We also talked about a cashless society / the coin shortage.Calls concerned:cashless - discriminatory?why wouldn't a store want to take cashnot all sales are belief that stock is going downbuyer bewareKatrina caused a cash only societyAccording to the new server Reuters: Major U.S. brokerages that reported quarterly results this week cheered the self-directed day trading happening on their platforms as individuals with a bit of extra money and time on their hands during the coronavirus pandemic have been engaging more in markets.https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-banks-results-wealth/bored-bank-customers-flock-to-day-trading-platforms-during-pandemic-idUSKCN24I1EMAccording to the website Smart Asset dot com, here are the The Best Day Trading Apps of 2019: TD Ameritrade, E*TRADE, Robinhood, Acorns, and Acorns. The article lists 8 in total, each with their own special feature.https://smartasset.com/investing/day-trading-appIs day trading just online gambling? We’ll let you decide.https://www.investopedia.com/articles/basics/10/investing-or-gambling.asphttps://www.fool.com/investing/general/2015/10/09/why-day-trading-stocks-is-not-the-way-to-invest.aspx#:~:text=To%20put%20it%20mildly%2C%20day,odds%20on%20a%20regular%20basis.https://www.thebalance.com/the-striking-similarities-between-trading-and-gambling-1345200https://www.daytradetheworld.com/trading-blog/top-4-reasons-why-day-trading-not-gambling/Dangers of Day Tradinghttps://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/08/technology/robinhood-risky-trading.html