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Now Available: Personal Portfolio Tracker and Fund Performance Rankings with Data through 6-30-17

SMI's Personal Portfolio Tracker and monthly Fund Performance Rankings report have been updated to reflect mutual-fund performance data current through 6/30/2017. The Tracker and FPR are typically updated monthly between
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Student Loans Tarnishing the ‘Golden Years’

Much has been made of all the stress and strain education debt is inflicting on young college grads. But the fastest growing segment of the population with burdensome school debt isn’t the young. It’s borrowers who are
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New Rules Make it Easier to Give Toward College Costs

If you have a college-bound child or grandchild in your life, you may benefit from recent changes in the financial-aid application process. Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, the federal government’s Free
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Guiding Your Children Toward Their Career Calling

In a tough economy, finding a job straight out of college isn’t easy. It’s even more difficult for graduates who don’t have a clear idea of what they want to do with their education. For years, Crown Financial Ministries
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Should You Consolidate Your Student Loans?

More than a quarter (26%) of all American adults have student-loan debt. Many of those people (28%) never finished earning a degree. Among young people who did recently complete their degree, more than two-thirds (70%)
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Parents Risking Retirement to Help Kids Pay for College

Much has been made of the fact that today’s college students are more indebted than ever. But the tide is turning, with more of the college-financing burden shifting to parents—something being encouraged by private lenders
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Making the Most of Your College-Savings Program

Parents saving for college today enjoy a more attractive college-savings landscape than existed when they were growing up. It was less than 20 years ago, in 1996, that Congress first authorized tax-advantaged “529 plans.”
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Looking for College Funding in All the Wrong Places

On the heels of last week’s college-funding article that drew a great and helpful response from SMI readers, T. Rowe Price published the results of a new survey on the same topic. The research, among 2,000 parents who have
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Help An SMI Member – How to Pay for College

We heard from some SMI members recently who asked for guidance on paying for college for their children. What follows is a brief description of their situation (some facts have been changed for confidentiality purposes)
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Giving Gifts to Your Grandkids That Will Be Long Remembered

Many grandparents revel in their unique role. They get all the enjoyment young children bring (trips to the zoo, birthday parties) without any of the messy responsibilities (changing diapers, staying up all night). No
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