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529 Plan vs. Roth IRA: Which is Better for College Savings?

529 Plan vs. Roth IRA: Which is Better for College Savings?

Outstanding student loan debt in the U.S. now tops $1.5 trillion. Yes, that’s trillion with a T. This has led to a national debate about what can be done to help college students and their families manage their student loan debt burdens. Of course, the best...
How to Find the Right Realtor for You

How to Find the Right Realtor for You

Home-buying season is in full swing, and one of the most important considerations when it comes to either buying or selling your home is deciding on which real estate agent to work with and how you want to engage them. We generally recommend working with a...
What Does it Mean When a Public Company Goes Private?

What Does it Mean When a Public Company Goes Private?

Last month, national bookseller Barnes & Noble announced that it would be acquired by a private equity firm after years of struggling to compete with Amazon. Barnes & Noble is a publicly held company, so the transaction has been referred to as “going...
Retirement Living: What Does Retirement Mean to You?

Retirement Living: What Does Retirement Mean to You?

When it comes to gauging retirement preparedness, do you have a good sense of whether your savings are on track to fund the retirement life you envision? Are you looking for some benchmarks? Follow along as we explore key findings of a national poll...
5 Tips for Recent Grads Negotiating a Job Offer

5 Tips for Recent Grads Negotiating a Job Offer

5 Tips for Negotiating a First Job Offer For many of us who have kids, it’s the season of graduation. For parents with college grads, it’s a particularly meaningful time – after nearly two decades of school, they’re transitioning to working world and will...
How to Master a Household Budget

How to Master a Household Budget

Online banking, budgeting software, and personal finance apps have made money management easier than ever, allowing users to categorize and track monthly expenses in a streamlined way that wasn’t possible with excel or the paper balance sheet. Still, good...
5 Ways Not to Run Out of Money in Retirement

5 Ways Not to Run Out of Money in Retirement

These key strategies will help you build, protect, and preserve your nest egg. 1. Calculate Your Net Worth Figuring out your optimal retirement plan starts with understanding what you have now … your net worth. That’s because net worth — as...