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Schools don’t teach financial literacy to kids these days, so that makes it even more important to teach some of those skills at home. From playing “store” with your kids to teaching them how to balance a budget, Up To Date's panel of financial planners discuss how to talk about money at different stages of growing up. 

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Advice on money management often seems geared towards the affluent. On this edition of Up To Date, a panel of financial planners give advice on managing and improving finances for those of modest means. 

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You can’t avoid death and taxes, but you can -- and should -- plan for them. The financial planners return on Monday's Up to Date to discuss how you can do that successfully.

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Financial Planning For Life's Transitions

Mar 26, 2015

Financial transitioning is a challenge whether you're entering the workforce for the first time or planning your retirement. On this edition of Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with Certified Financial Planners about planning, budgeting, saving and spending at the beginning and end of your working life. 

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We don't learn anything in a vacuum — including financial skills. So it comes as little surprise that we are inclined to save, spend and budget based on lessons from the past rather than circumstances of the present. But, can we change how we're wired in order to adapt?

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With more than 60 percent of Americans admitting to not keeping a basic budget, the Cash Money Crew explores the state of financial literacy, offering tips for teaching young people about money management. 

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  • Sandi Weaver, financial planner, Financial Security Advisors
  • David Jackson, financial planner, Financial Planning Association of Greater Kansas City
  • Lucas Bucl, financial planner, KHC Wealth Management

Who has the power in capitalism? The critics of capitalism say the rich have the upper hand. But author John Hope Bryant thinks the story is more complex than that. He thinks that capitalism works best when it benefits not the few, but the many.

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Expecting a new baby can force many parents to make complicated financial decisions. On Monday's Central Standard, we were joined by the Cash Money Crew to discuss how to approach and manage the monetary costs that come with a new child.

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Many of us fantasize about receiving a large sum of money unexpectedly. This is the very fantasy that sends people to the grocery store for lottery tickets.

But it's not just a fantasy. Situations do arise when people who are not necessarily experienced in dealing with money find themselves on the receiving end of a financial windfall.

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Every parent these days hears it from their children: “I want a new smartphone” or “We have to get a new tablet—I’ll just die without one.” But how do you teach kids to value how expensive it is to keep up with the Joneses?

On Monday's Up to Date, psychologist Wes Crenshaw joins us to talk about teen entitlement and how you can help your kids learn the value of money. We discuss how to explain the difference between needs and wants and how to get your teen thinking on the same page as you when it comes to the next upgrade.

According to the U.S. Bureau of the Census, about 75 percent of those who divorce will eventually remarry. So how do you prepare financially for a second or even third marriage?

On today's Central Standard, the Cash Money Crew will help navigate those difficult but necessary conversations two people need to have before they get married, again.

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In today's culture of money talk shows and numerous financial publications, how can we discern legitimate advice versus bogus information? On today's Central Standard, the Cash Money Crew tells us where to get good financial planning advice, and which so-called experts to ignore.

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Buying A Home In Today's Market

Sep 25, 2013
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It’s the most important investment—and the largest asset—that most people will ever make and own. It’s volatile in price, difficult to manage, and subject to sudden and total loss. For many, it’s also their hope of a secure future. 

What Is A Bitcoin?

Sep 17, 2013
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In a society where we pay bills online, transfer money via the internet, and can buy virtually anything on the web, would you be surprised to know that a currency has been developed that only exists in digital form?

BitCoin is a currency invented not by a government, or a large bank, but by a person or perhaps few people, nobody actually knows exactly who.  It has no government backing, no tie to any precious metal and is entirely unregulated.  However, on the afternoon of Monday, September 16 the exchange rate for one Bitcoin was more than 126 dollars.

With the financial crisis, it seems everyone’s got economics on the brain—and for good reason.

Holiday Budgeting

Dec 10, 2012

You don't have to be a Scrooge this Christmas to keep away those post-holiday credit card blues.

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When you are part of a non-traditional couple, understanding your financial options is crucial

Financial Advice: Thirty Days Until Retirement

Aug 17, 2012
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It’s estimated that half of America's middle-class workers will be poor or near poor come retirement. Many will find themselves living a $5 a day food budget.

Financial Advice: Kids And Money

Jul 16, 2012
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There comes a time when every parents needs to sit their kid down for the talk. Because your kids have questions like -- "How much money do you make?" "Is this a recession?" "Are we poor?" On this Monday's Central Standard, a look at how best to teach your kids about money and saving.

Financial Advice: Marriage

Jun 25, 2012
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First comes love, then comes marriage – but when comes that first conversation about your finances? In this Monday's Central Standard, professional Financial Advisors stop by with advice for advice for newlyweds hoping to create a solid financial foundation to their marriage, and then, what to do if things don't go as planned.

Financial Advice vs. Infotainment

Apr 26, 2012
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Staying more frugal than foolish is increasingly complicated. Sources for financial advice no longer come from a few trusted sources, and in the realm of the 24-hour news cycle, there are more and more venues for amateur advice. On this Monday's Central Standard, our CA$H MONEY CLIQUE discusses where to turn.

Financial Advice: Investing In The New Normal

Mar 19, 2012
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On this Monday's Central Standard, we discuss investing strategies.

Planning For Retirement In The New Normal

Feb 27, 2012
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On this Monday's Central Standard, we discuss retirement planning strategies for the new normal.

Financial Advice: Post-Holiday Financial Blues

Jan 23, 2012
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After all the presents are exchanged in December, there’s always one more in the mail waiting for you in January -- your credit card bill. On Monday’s Central Standard, hear some strategies that work for managing your holiday debt.

Share Your New Year's Resolutions

Dec 27, 2011
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Are you planning to set a New Year's resolution? For real this time? Let us help you in this episode of Central Standard.

Saving Up For A Future

Dec 14, 2011

Today on Central Standard, a look at the United Way of Greater Kansas City, and how they're partnering with area non-profits to teach financial literacy.

The Effects of Restricting Payday Lending

Sep 20, 2011
Andrea Silenzi

Payday loan shops provide small, short-term loans. A typical loan ranges in size from $100 to $500, and must be repaid within two weeks. The industry contends that such loans help people pay for unforeseen expenses.

But many people believe that such loans are harmful because of the amount of interest charged. In the state of Missouri, the average APR on payday loans is above 400%.