Richard Kraus, Librarian III, Business Department

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Your Money in Hard Times: COVID-19 and Beyond

April 15, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is a health and humanity crisis. But with the economic shutdown accompanying the stay-at-home and social distancing advisories and orders, it has quickly become a financial and economic crisis as well.


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April is Financial Literacy Month

April 19, 2017

April has been designated by annual congressional resolutions since April 2004 as “Financial Literacy Month” to “raise public awaren


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“It’s the Economy, Stupid”: How the Library May Help You be a Smarter Voter

September 20, 2016

“It’s the economy, stupid.”  Is a famous political catch phrase started during the Bill Clinton 1992 presidential election campaign and repeated over the years in response to identifying the key issues of election campaigns. 


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Social Security Claiming Changes Starting May 1st

April 07, 2016

Changes are coming soon to two claiming strategies to maximize Social Security payments, courtesy of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, especially section 831.


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Looking for Answers about Money? Ask a Woman!

March 18, 2016

With March being Women’s Heritage Month honoring women for their historical and contemporary contributions it is worth noting that some of the most prominent and popular columnists, bloggers, TV & radio hosts and guests, and authors on the subject of personal finance are women.


Earned Income Tax Credit: Cash Back from BOTH Federal & California Government

March 15, 2016

The federal government first offered the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) in 1975 and has expanded the program over the years.  California is introducing a new additional California Earned Income Tax Credit this year.  The credit provides money even when taxes are not owed.


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Money Matter$: Know More, Make More

May 10, 2013

The Los Angeles Public Library kicked off a campaign called “Money Matter$: Know More, Make More” in April 2013 in recognition of financial literacy month.  But that is only the beginning of what the library has to offer.


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