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Prom Night: Your Kids’ $1,000 Lesson On How To Spend Money

Dresses, tux, tickets and that traditional corsage don’t come cheap. The average prom costs over $919 on average. It’s hard to believe that the price tag for this teen rite of passage is almost a grand. And here’s the oddest thing about it. The wealthiest families spend the least on prom, coughing up only $818 […]

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How Your Kids Can Be Millionaires By Retirement

Every parent wants the best for their kids. But smart parents know that encouraging their kids to save can give them a serious head start on a million dollar nest egg. Contributing Editor Kim Lankford of Kiplinger’s magazine talked to Associate Client Advisor Anthony LaBrake, CFP® in our office about how opening a Roth IRA can get your child […]

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Is Social Media Stunting Your Financial Progress?

Social media has been blamed for all kinds of societal ills lately, from undermining self esteem, to promoting fake news, and even to rewiring the pathways in your brain. So here’s a new problem that’s been chalked up to too much time on social media. It seems that millennials, in particular, may be seeing their […]

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3 Quick Things To Know About Your Credit Score

Your credit score is an important component in your financial life, so keep it in top shape. Here’s 3 quick things to know: Fact #1: The single most important factor affecting your credit score is whether you pay your bills on time. That means paying the minimum payment due on a timely basis. Also important […]

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Quote Of The Week: Why You Should Start Investing Now

Dear Millennials: Here’s some good advice. The sooner you start investing the better. This is how Millennial Money writer Ryan Ermey describes the challenge: “The recent market peaks seem like the top of a cliff. But here’s the thing. Every second you wait to take the leap, you’re giving up one of your greatest assets […]

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The Kids Are Alright: Waves Of Millennials Buy Their First Homes

They’ve definitely moved out of the basement. U.S. homeownership rates rose last year for the first time in 13 years, driven by young buyers purchasing their first homes. All the hand-wringing about millennials living in the basement and never being able to buy their own home has proved to be unfounded. The largest demographic group […]

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Forget The Wedding Planner: Why Couples Should Hire A Financial Planner First

With more couples marrying later, and bringing debt, assets and entrenched money habits into the marriage, talking to a financial planner before tying the knot is much more important than picking out the right china pattern. It’s not just a question of who pays the bills, and whether to open a joint account.  It extends […]

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Real Client Advice: Your Teenager Got A Job? Here’s How To Start Them On The Road To Riches

We talked to one of our clients,  a busy mom with three kids, earlier this month. She told us her teenage daughter has a part-time job, and wanted tips on the best ways for her to save some of her earnings. Here’s the advice we gave her: The Roth wins, hands down. For most teenagers, […]

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Millennials Head To The ‘Burbs

Much like their parents did years ago, millennials are starting to head to the ‘burbs in a rush to buy homes, start families and put down roots. “Americans aged about 18 to 34 have become the largest group of homebuyers, and almost half live in the suburbs,” according to Zillow Group data cited in a […]

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Millennials: Looking For The Perfect Dog House

We’ve all heard how millennials are slow to buy homes, as they’re weighed down by student debt and more at ease renting or moving back home with mom and dad. Well, it looks like things are finally changing. The reason behind that change is a cold nose and a fluffy tail. One third of millennials […]

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