Graduation Day

My oldest nephews (twins!) are graduating from high school next Sunday, and I’ve been reliving the ups and downs of being the parent of soon-to-be college students via conversations with my brother.  The college visits, application essays, and difficult decision of which college to chose are all behind them, and they are off to Ohio Wesleyan in August.  But the financial challenges of college are still ahead. There have been many articles written lately questioning the value of a college education, highlighting the number of people who graduate and aren’t employed.  The level [read more]
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Six Free Things For Kids This Summer!

(from ClarkHoward.com’s Family & Lifestyle section dated 5/11/2013. Click here for the original post. The article was written by Crystal E. Collins, ClarkHoward.com contributor and a blogger known as The Thrifty Mama.  Clark Howard is a nationally renowned personal finance expert and host of the Clark Howard Show on radio, HLN and CNN.  Check out www.clarkhoward.com to learn more.) Summer is nearly here! I can’t wait to throw on that bathing suit and hit the kiddie pool in the back yard with the kiddos. Oh, am I the only one that likes doing that?… [read more]
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A Valuable Lesson from The Stock market Game

Last Friday I spent the morning judging the Portfolio Challenge for the University of Cincinnati Economics Center.  Each year the Economics Center holds the Stock Market Game for children in grades 4-12.  Teams of two to five students are given “$100,000” to invest over a ten week period.  The ten top performing teams of the 2500 teams that competed this year were eligible for the Portfolio Challenge.  For this leg of the competition, the students were judged on how they presented their investment strategy, portfolio results, and key learnings, not how much money they made. … [read more]
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Who Wrecked My 401(k)?

PBS’s Frontline recently aired a piece entitled The Retirement Gamble.  I don’t want to overstate, but it may be one of the more important hours of television anyone facing their financial future could watch.  The numbers on baby boomers and retirement are pretty staggering.  Depending on the study, of approximately 70 million living baby boomers, half have less than $50,000 saved for retirement, many planning on Social Security serving as the cornerstone of their retirement income.  The other half holds more than 90% of the worlds’ wealth, but the quality and cost of their [read more]
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