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From Saving, To Budgeting to Retirement: Answers to Your Financial Questions

Posted on · From time to time on this program, we offer you an opportunity to get some basic questions answered about your own life – from healthcare for you and your loved ones, to the latest technology impacting your life, to the care and feeding of your pets, to the topic for this portion of the program: […]

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Why Are So Texans So Bad with Money?

Posted on · Texans aren’t that good at managing their money. That’s according to a recent study that gave the Lone Star State a D+ for its residents’ overall financial literacy. According to the National Report Card on Adult Financial Literacy from the Center for Financial Literacy at Champlain College, Texans got an F when it came to […]

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Would Texas Ever Have Become a State If It Hadn’t Been Deeply in Debt?

Posted on · Author James Bevill offers a different take on the Texas Revolution — the financial challenges and and monetary issues that factored into the struggle. He talks about his book, The Paper Republic: The Struggle for Money, Credit and Independence in the Republic of Texas, with Craig Cohen. (This conversation originally aired on Houston Matters, Aug. 5, 2014)

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School Construction and LibroFEST: Thursday’s Show (October 1, 2015)

Posted on · In 2012, Houston voters approved a $1.9 billion bond program to rebuild and renovate 40 schools. Now, district administrators say they are $200 million short due to construction market inflation; a teachers union rep and a school board member want an outside audit. On this edition of Houston Matters, we examine this budget battle over […]

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Program Helps Houstonians Without Bank Accounts

Posted on · It might seem a foregone conclusion to many of us, but not everyone has a bank account. For many Houstonians — for numerous reasons — spend hundreds of dollars a year using services like check-cashing stores that could be performed for free if they had a traditional bank account. That’s where the Bank on Houston program comes […]

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Brokenomics: Author Discusses Living the Good Life on the Cheap

Posted on · Writer Dina Gachman grew up in Houston and moved to Los Angeles at 18. That’s where she was in 2010 when was laid off her job at a film production company. So she started blogging about the experience of being jobless – and some of the financial challenges that presented. Eventually, her blog started getting some […]

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Income Divide and a Culinary Memoir: Wednesday’s Show (April 29, 2015)

Posted on · A study from New World Wealth reports Houston has the fastest growing community of multimillionaires in the country.  Does this mean our income divide is growing wider — or does a rising tide really raise all boats? On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss whether three thousand-plus multimillionaires in Houston represent a symptom of […]

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Is Texas Leading the Way for the Virtual Currency Bitcoin?

Posted on · In the current issue of Texas Monthly, Loren Steffy argues Texas is becoming the most friendly state in the country for the virtual currency known as Bitcoin. Earlier this year, the Texas Department of Banking became the first state regulator in the nation to issue guidelines for such currencies, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission approved the use of Bitcoin to […]