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WILL - Focus - March 15, 2013

Personal Finance

This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with Kevin Waspi, a lecturer of Finance at the UIUC College of Business about personal finance.

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(Duration: 50:27)

a dollar with some cents

As the state’s pension crisis continues, we talk with Kevin Waspi, a lecturer of Finance at the University of Illinois College of Business, about planning for retirement and what the best options are if you’re a state employee. Host Jim Meadows also talks with Waspi about financial planners and how to make sense of the differences between a C.F.A, a C.P.A., a C.F.P. and all the other titles financial planners use to identify themselves. They also discuss how to make sense of the couch potato porfolio. Of course this hour on Focus, we also welcome your questions for Kevin whether you are just starting out and looking for advice on investing, thinking about buying a home, or sending your kids to college.

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WILL - Focus - March 08, 2013

Bats, Economic Development and a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate: Coming up next week on Focus

Is it important to you to shop locally? Did you know bats play a really important role in the production of tequila and chocolate? Find out more about what’s coming up on Focus and join our conversation.

Jody Williams

Monday, March 11 - My Name is Jody Williams
Have you been an activist? What causes matter to you?

Jody Williams was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for her campaign to eradicate landmines. But she wasn’t always an activist. Monday on Focus, we’ll talk with Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jody Williams about her new memoir, “My Name is Jody Williams.” She’ll tell us about her life as an activist, why she’s spent her career advocating for freedom and human rights and what she really means when she uses the word “peace.”


WILL - Focus - March 01, 2013

Filing Your Taxes

The alternative minimum tax was patched in January. But wait, what’s that again? Today on Focus, talked with John Breen and Marty Verdick of McGladrey LLP in Champaign about the things you need to know to file this year’s income tax return. Find the podcat here. 

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(Duration: 50:28)

1040 tax form from 2005

This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with John Breen, Tax Director at McGladrey LLP and Marty Verdick, Tax Partner at McGladrey LLP about the so-called fiscal cliff package that was passed in January and how it affects your bottom line. He also asks about the new Medicare surtax for 2013, which tax software to use when preparing your taxes on your own and when it’s a good idea to hire a tax preparer. Also in this episode of Focus – how to choose the best tax preparer for your needs, what questions to ask and the gray areas in the tax code. We also talk about new forms this year for same-sex couples in civil unions.

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WILL - Focus - February 15, 2013

Personal Finance

Starting to think about taxes? Planning for a child in college next fall? Worrying about retirement? Today on Focus, host Kimberlie Kranich talked with Kevin Waspi, a certified financial advisor and lecturer at the UIUC Collge of Business. Find the podcast here

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(Duration: 55:01)

Kevin Waspi

Whether you are just starting out and looking for advice on investing, thinking about buying a home, sending your children to college, or planning for retirement, we answer your questions this hour on Focus. Kevin Waspi, who lectures on finance at the University of Illinois College of Business joins guest host Kimberlie Kranich to talk about best practices for money management and decision making. 

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WILL - Focus - January 02, 2013

Making and Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

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(Duration: 51:27)

The start of the new year inspires many to set goals and make resolutions.  What do we know about human behavior that can help us turn our goals into achievements?  What are some of the tools available to us?  How can we solicit a community of friends for support to help us be accountable for our goals and to cheer us on when we want to give up or to remind us that we can start anew, no matter where we are in the new year?  We invite you to share your resolutions and what's helped you stick with them.



WILL - Focus - November 30, 2012

Personal Finance

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(Duration: 51:31)

From time to time, we like to provide you with an opportunity to ask some basic questions about personal finance. Kevin Waspi, who lectures on finance at the University of Illinois College of Business will answer your queries on money management. Whether you are just starting out and looking for advice on investing, thinking about buying a home, sending your children to college, or planning for retirement, your questions will be welcome.

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WILL - Focus - October 29, 2012

Personal Finance

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(Duration: 51:23)

Kevin Waspi, C.F.A., Department of Finance, College of Business, University of Illinois

Host: Craig Cohen

From time to time, we like to provide you with an opportunity to ask some basic questions about personal finance. Kevin Waspi, who lectures on finance at the University of Illinois College of Business will answer your queries on money management. Whether you are just starting out and looking for advice on investing, thinking about buying a home, sending your children to college, or planning for retirement, your questions will be welcome.

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WILL - Focus - September 21, 2012

Personal Finance

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(Duration: 51:21)

Kevin Waspi, C.F.A., Department of Finance, College of Business, University of Illinois

Host: Craig Cohen
Kevin Waspi

From time to time, we like to provide you with an opportunity to ask some basic questions about personal finance. Kevin Waspi, who lectures on finance at the University of Illinois College of Business will answer your queries on money management. Whether you are just starting out and looking for advice on investing, thinking about buying a home, sending your children to college, or planning for retirement, your questions will be welcome.

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WILL - Focus - September 04, 2012

Ethical Chic: The Inside Story of the Companies We Think We Love

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(Duration: 51:24)

There are many reasons to purchase goods or services from one company over another: price, quality, and convenience. But sometimes, the decision is a moral one; we seek out businesses we believe support or represent our world view – or avoid those that defy it. (The debate earlier this summer over Chick-Fil-A was a demonstration of both).

At the heart of such decisions is whether we deem a company to be socially responsible. But how do you really know? How can you be sure that a reputation is accurate and deserved? And what if the truth is mixed – what if a company leads on one ethical precept, but falls short on another?

Journalist Fran Hawthorne has contemplated these questions, and set out to uncover whether some of the most beloved, trusted companies who have built up a socially responsible reputation really live up to the hype. In the book Ethical Chic: The Inside Story of the Companies We Think We Love, Hawthorne takes us behind the scenes of companies with powerful brand loyalty, companies like Tom’s of Maine, Starbucks, and Apple. Along the way, Hawthorne finds out why these companies have earned seemingly unflagging devotion from socially conscious consumers. And she calls out the companies and consumers alike with a provocative question: Is it really about being socially conscious, or just looking like you are?


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