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Essential money tips for new college grads

Written by Suba Iyer - One Comment

Graduation is the theme all around my neighborhood. It is a time of excitement and big dreams. Unfortunately in most cases, personal financial sense is not a taught at college. Once out of college, going from living broke to a big paycheck every month can easily encourage lifestyle inflation and a downward spiral of bad financial [...]

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Published on June 30th, 2014
Modified on June 25th, 2014 - One Comment
Filed under: Credit Cards, Education, Insurance, Planning, Real Estate, Saving & Investing, Working
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How to rear money-smart kids

Written by Suba Iyer - 4 Comments

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau estimated, in 2013, that outstanding student loans have swelled to over $1.2 trillion. Seven in ten college seniors who graduated in 2012 had student loan debt, at an average of $29,400. Scary! It is extremely important for kids to have a good handle on personal finance before they enter college. Personal [...]

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Published on April 7th, 2014
Modified on March 31st, 2014 - 4 Comments
Filed under: Education, Family & Life
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Making smarter investments in education

Written by Richard Barrington - 2 Comments

I recently signed what I’ve been assured will be my last tuition check.
My younger son, who is finishing up grad school, looked at me with a mixture of bemusement and annoyance when I referred to it as “my day of jubilee,” but who wouldn’t celebrate having such a big expense removed from their annual budget?
Also, [...]

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Published on January 20th, 2014
Modified on January 15th, 2014 - 2 Comments
Filed under: Education, Saving & Investing
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The world as we know it

Written by Richard Barrington - 2 Comments

I have a brother who is a history teacher, and a son who is on his way to becoming one. For me, history was one of my least favorite subjects in school, but now it represents a major portion of my reading. Studying financial history early in my career may have been the turning point.
When I [...]

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Published on January 6th, 2014
Modified on January 4th, 2014 - 2 Comments
Filed under: Economy, Education, Planning, Retirement
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What clay pigeon shooting can teach you about finances

Written by William Cowie - One Comment

First time for everything, isn’t there? This past Labor Day weekend clay pigeon shooting showed up on my “first time” radar, courtesy of a great friend who figured that killing bright orange pieces of clay couldn’t be beat for a long weekend of fun.
There are two ways to do this: you [...]

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Published on September 4th, 2013 - One Comment
Filed under: Education, Saving & Investing
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The sad faces of college debt

Written by Jeffrey Steele - 6 Comments

This article is by staff writer Jeffrey Steele.
It’s not often that I find myself in a cocoon of warm and fuzzy feelings about how good I’ve had it in life. But when I consider the economic travails endured by the current generation of college students, I can’t help feeling I’ve lived a pretty charmed existence.
When [...]

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Published on August 28th, 2013
Modified on August 26th, 2013 - 6 Comments
Filed under: Debt Reduction, Education
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Family loans: The new way to pay for tuition?

Written by ecannon - 8 Comments

This article, written by Alexa Pugh, comes to us from our partners at LearnVest.
Instead of asking your family for another sweater for your birthday, how about a low-interest student loan?
Family loan pools—trust funds from which relatives going to school can draw low-interest loans—have become an increasingly popular way for people to help their kin ease [...]

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Published on August 2nd, 2013
Modified on July 23rd, 2013 - 8 Comments
Filed under: Education, Family & Life
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Kids and credit cards — and chainsaws

Written by Richard Barrington - 3 Comments

This post is from staff writer Richard Barrington.

I recently did an analysis for CardRatings.com of some polling data on when parents thought was the right time to let their kids use a credit card. In thinking about this, it occurred to me that it’s a bit like asking when it’s OK to let a kid use a chainsaw [...]

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Published on June 24th, 2013
Modified on December 10th, 2013 - 3 Comments
Filed under: Credit Cards, Education, Family & Life
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College debt 101

Written by Jeffrey Steele - 5 Comments

This post is from staff writer Jeffrey Steele.
A few weeks back, by sheer coincidence, I happened to meet a young woman currently enrolled in the same journalism school master’s degree program from which I graduated more than a third of a century ago.
We got to talking about all the opportunities she and her classmates enjoyed. [...]

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Published on May 8th, 2013
Modified on May 29th, 2013 - 5 Comments
Filed under: Education
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Best 529 Plans – 2012 Edition

Written by Nickel - 4 Comments

I’ve written at various times in the past about 529 plans as a college savings vehicle. Well, earlier this month Morningstar released the results of their annual survey of the available plans.
They rated 64 plans, ultimately identifying 27 “that are likely to outperform their peers on a risk-adjusted basis over a full market cycle.” Alongside [...]

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Published on October 31st, 2012 - 4 Comments
Filed under: Education, Saving & Investing
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