Personal Finance

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Coe College and the Willis Dady emergency shelter in Cedar Rapids are teaming up on Monday to host a service day for veterans experiencing homelessness or near homelessness. The sessions will focus on mental health, personal finance and employment. 

Willis Dady volunteer coordinator Holli Erkson says that often times people who are caught in the cycle of homelessness encounter additional barriers to employment.

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Financial literacy has been required as a part of the 21st-Century Skills portion of the Iowa Core for years. But specifics on enforcing the standard are fuzzy, so personal finance and economics classes vary wildly district to district.

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While it often goes unreported, elder financial abuse costs older Americans 2 to 3 billion dollars per year.

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Economics teachers across the country use blackboards and chalk to teach people about supply and demand. The Planet Money team hands out candy to seventh graders.

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For 25 years CareerCast.com has ranked the best and worst jobs. Their rating is based on physical demands, work environment, income, stress, and hiring outlook. 

Host Ben Kieffer revisits conversations with a biomedical engineer and an audiologist, two jobs that made the best list.  He also speaks to an oil rig worker and a newspaper reporter, two jobs on the worst list.

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In this segment of River to River, the CEO of Banker's Trust, Suku Radia, joins host Ben Kieffer to talk about lessons learned from the U.S. financial crisis and the federal deficit. They also discuss Radia's personal success, a kind of "rags to riches" story.

Radia will speak at Iowa State University on Thursday, November 14 at 11 a.m. His talk is called "Banking: An Industry in  Crisis – Is It Over Yet?”

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Stores and manufacturers will try almost anything to sell their product and employ a number of techniques to manipulate shoppers.  However, some shoppers like extreme couponer Mary Potter Kenyon, are able to make the system work for them.  Kenyon lives in Manchester, Iowa and writes a weekly couponing column for the Dubuque Telegraph Herald.

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IPR "Morning Edition" Host Sarah McCammon and Statehouse Correspondent Joyce Russell look ahead to the upcoming week in the Iowa Capitol.

Financial Fallout

Jul 11, 2012
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Economic development officials have begun to assess the fallout from the abrupt closure of the Cedar Falls-based international brokerage firm, Peregrine Financial Group doing business as PFGBest.  The company is being investigated by both governmental and regulatory officials for fraud and misuse of customer money.  220 million dollars is reportedly missing, Company founder, 64 year old Russell Wasendorf Sr. attempted suicide on Monday. CEO of the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance and Chamber, Steve Dust says they're reacting to what they know and discounting what they can't verify.

Money Smart Week

Apr 19, 2012

How much do you talk to your kids about money? A new T. Rowe Price survey reveals parents are talking more and more to their children about the economy and good investment choices. Ben talks to Joanne Kuster, Chair of Money Smart Week and Tim Bakula of the University of Northern Iowa's Financial Aid Department. UNI recently launched a financial literacy program aimed at teaching students how to use credit cards and manage their finances.  

After months of battling in Washington, President Barack Obama made the controversial appointment of Richard Cordray to be the first director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  Host Ben Kieffer talks with Bill Brauch, director of the Iowa Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division about the new bureau and about consumer protection in Iowa.  We’ll also hear the story of one Iowan who lost nearly $30,000 in a credit card scam.