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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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Smart Gifts, Bright Start For New Grads

A devoted grandfather recently wrote to journalist Kim Lankford of Kiplinger Personal Finance magazine asking for advice on choosing the perfect, and generous, gift for his granddaughter as she graduates from college. His goal?  To help her build a solid base for her financial future. Kim brought us into the conversation, so we suggested helping the granddaughter fund […]

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Raising Financially Responsible Kids

Ask any parent what they really want for their kids, and they’ll tell you they want them to be happy. If they could ask for two things, parents would probably say they also want their kids to be financially self-sufficient so they don’t need to struggle or go without. We recently spoke with journalist Alina Tugend […]

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Quote Of The Week: Millennials Face A Perfect Economic Storm

“Millennials face a kind of perfect economic storm. The Great Recession took a big bite out of their wages, and its ripple effects will continue to dampen their earnings potential for years to come. Wealth accumulation for Gen Y took an even bigger hit, especially for those burdened by high student debt. These young people […]

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Millennials: Deep in Debt

Millennials: Deep In Debt

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Cheat Sheet: When Is It OK To Help Out The Kids?

No need to be ashamed. We know that parents often get roped into paying a bill or two for their grown-up kids. (Full confession: I’ve paid more than my share!). In fact, more than half of parents surveyed admit to having helped out the kids financially within the last 12 months. But there’s nothing more agonizing […]

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Quote Of The Week: Johnny Can’t Understand Money. And Why That’s a HUGE Problem.

We hear it all the time. Young Americans struggle with basic concepts like budgeting, saving, interest, and debt. So how are they ever going to navigate the world of personal finance and save for retirement? The National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) – an organization that supports financial education efforts across the U.S. – explains why understanding personal […]

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