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These Young Consumers Are Buying Their First Home During The Pandemic

It takes a lot of courage to move forward with a life-changing financial decision in the midst of the pandemic. But many young consumers are doing just that. They are forging ahead with their very first home purchase in one of the most uncertain economic climates we’ve ever experienced. In fact, Client Associate Scott Weigel, whom […]

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When Grown Kids Return To The Nest: Practical Parenting During The Pandemic

Sheltering-at-home has been tough on many people during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some are lonely, some are bored, many miss seeing their grandkids, and more than a few have their hands full juggling work, childcare, medical concerns, and financial stress. That’s why I consider myself one of the lucky ones. For the last few years I’ve […]

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12 Most Affordable Housing Markets For First-Time Homebuyers

Young Americans are priced out of real estate markets in many of their favorite cities. Home values are so high in relation to income in the nation’s leading metropolitan areas that young home-buyers would need decades to save enough money to put down a 20% down payment. But it doesn’t need to be that way. […]

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Think You’ll Inherit? What You Think May Be All Wrong

Many Americans may have an unrealistic view of how much they’ll inherit, and that’s especially true of millennials, or the generation born between 1981 and 1996. There seems to be a huge disconnect between what millennials think they’ll inherit and what’s actually on the way, writes Rose Kennedy for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, quoting Adam Financial […]

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Is It Time For A Smartphone Detox?

Columnist Julian Hayes wrote about spending 60 days without his smartphone, and chronicled what he learned about life, mental well-being and the powers of observation when he wasn’t tethered to an electronic device. Most of us aren’t going to replicate his experiment any time soon, but here’s some serious smartphone food for thought. According to […]

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Got A Job? Why Your High School Student Should Save Using A Roth

I met recently with the parent of a high school student who was thinking about ways her daughter could save for the future without jeopardizing any potential college financial aid. That’s a concern other parents may have as well. If your high school student works and earns money from a job, a Roth IRA is […]

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#1 Best Way To Help The Kids or Grandkids? Get That Roth IRA Going

During a client meeting in our office last week, we talked about how they – parents of young adult kids (in their 20s and young 30s) – could help the kids get onto a sturdier financial footing without killing their own initiative or enabling them. We’ve written about this a lot, but it’s always worth repeating […]

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Money Tips For Your High School Grad

Graduating from high school marks an important step toward adulthood for U.S. teenagers. But do your kids have the financial savvy needed to make important decisions about credit cards, student loans, budgeting, and renting their first apartment? Here’s a cheat sheet from columnist Ron Lieber of The New York Times on the most important things […]

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Overspending? Blame It On Social Media.

That selfie could be costing you more than you think. More than a third of Americans admit “their spending habits have been influenced by images and experiences shared by their friends on social media,” according to the 2019 Modern Wealth Survey, a research project sponsored by Schwab that interviewed 1,000 Americans on how they spend, […]

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Raising Money Smart Kids? All You Have To Do Is Talk To Them

Want to raise money smart kids? The secret might by hiding around your dining room table. It seems that students who speak with their parents at least once or twice a month about money matters have better financial literacy scores than those who said they hardly or never speak with their parents about money.  That […]

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