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Joanna Weiss

‘Ms. Money’ has a lesson for Romney

(reuters)
By Joanna Weiss
December 13, 2011
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Quick pop quiz: What’s the “Secret Millionaires Club’’? No, it’s not where Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich go to hang out after debates. It’s a web series for elementary-age kids, hosted by an animated version of Warren Buffett, America’s most lovable investment titan. The shorts, which started airing on cable channel The Hub this fall, feature Buffett, voiced by himself, mentoring an ethnically-diverse group of kids in a high-tech bunker. His financial tips double as life lessons: research people before you do business with them; don’t misrepresent what you’re selling; know the difference between price and value. The whole thing is well-intentioned, if a little “Diff’rent Strokes,’’ and every bit of financial literacy helps. Still, Buffett seems to be skipping a few steps when it comes to kids and money. Making billions by investing is a laudable goal, but viewers’ families might be wondering how they’ll pay for college first.

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