KWMU: Financial Literacy Program 5/28

May 27, 2009

Thursday, May 28th, the topic of KWMU‘s St. Louis on the Air will be financial literacy for all ages.  Guests on the program include Ms. Suzanne Gellman, Consumer Economics Specialist at University of Missouri Extension; Cassandra Kaufman, Director of Community Investment at the United Way of Greater St. Louis; and Yvonne Maldonado, Youth Specialist at Kingdom House.

Be sure to tune in to 90.7 FM from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. tomorrow for a great discussion about financial literacy!

To read more about KWMU’s Facing the Mortgage Crisis programs, CLICK HERE.


UMSL Brown Bag Series

April 30, 2009

Last month KETC/Channel 9 attended one of the Brown Bag Series luncheons at University of Missouri – St. Louis. The topic of the luncheon was Facing the Financial Crisis: Using the Media to Address Community Issues. Thomas McPhail, Ph.D., a professor at UMSL, moderated the luncheon; the two panelists were Debbie Irwin, Foreclosure Taskforce Coordinator, and Dale Berenc, Manager of Education Services at KETC. Topics discussed included new media and the mortgage/financial crisis.

Here’s one of the clips from the luncheon.  To watch the rest, visit our YouTube channel or CLICK HERE.

Looking for a job after college?

April 16, 2009

This article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch details the difficulty that graduating college students are having in finding a job post-graduation. The article says that most graduates should tack on an extra three months to their job search. What does that mean for graduates who aren’t able to go home to live with their parents after school? To view the article click here.

Intern Lauren Schwarze is a senior at Wahington University in St. Louis and has been detailing her job search for us. Here’s her latest video post.

Asset-Backed Commercial Paper Money Market Mutual Fund Liquidity Facility (AMLF)

April 9, 2009

As we’ve blogged about before, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis has published a timeline of the current financial crisis. The entire site is a great resource, but one thing that may interest people in particular – who are looking to understand the crisis – is the glossary of terms.

Are you curious about what an Asset-Backed Commercial Paper Money Market Mutual Fund Liquidity Facility (AMLF) is? Me too, to learn more about some of the terms associated with the financial and mortgage crisis click on the picture below.


The Financial Crisis

March 30, 2009

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis developed a website designed to keep the community informed about the financial crisis and what actions the Fed is taking in response to the crisis.

The website includes recent news, a timeline of events, articles about the crisis, frequently asked questions, and a glossary of important financial terms.

To check out the website, CLICK HERE.

My Career Search: Lauren Schwarze

March 11, 2009

Hi, my name is Lauren and I’m one of the interns for Facing the Financial Crisis. I’m a senior at Washington University, and working on this project has hit especially close to home for me. Though I won’t be graduating until May, I’ve begun my job search, and it’s definitely not what I thought it would be. For four years I’ve been preparing to enter the “real world,” to find my dream job, to move out on my own. But then the financial crisis hit. The unemployment rate is the highest it’s been in years, and more and more companies aren’t hiring.

I’ve sent out a lot of resumes and cover letters, and I’ve had a few good responses—by good, I mean the company liked my resume, but they’d just had to lay off some of their employees, so they’re not looking to hire. I’m determined to stay optimistic through all of this. It’s a tough job market for everyone, but we’ll get through this.

In times like these, it’s good to know you’re not alone. That’s why we’ll be starting a new series here where students share a little about their job searches in this tough economy. For the first video, I talk a little bit about my own search. Keep an eye out for new videos we’ll be posting in the coming weeks.

Credit Crisis Visualized

March 10, 2009

This is the best tool I’ve seen for an explanation of the current financial crisis.