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Growing Up by Giving Up

How would you define a successful college experience? For many, simply getting a bachelor's degree would be enough. After all, as Joseph reported in our cover article, 40% of those who enter college are still without
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Is a College Education Still Worth the Investment?

In recent decades, going off to college has become the de facto expectation for students graduating from high school. A college degree often is seen as the key to launching a successful career. But the exploding costs (and
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Education is Getting LESS Expensive

If you have a child in college, or one about to go, the headline on this article looks crazy. You know more than most about the fast-rising cost of education. But just as quickly as brick & mortar college costs are
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Section 529 Plans Continue to Pile Up Assets

Morningstar recently released a detailed report on the state of 529 college-savings plans. These plans now hold about $200 billion in assets, split roughly evenly between advisor-sold and direct-sold plans. While there's
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Do You Have in Place the One Financial Essential for the New Year?

A question we've heard countless times is "What are the most common mistakes people make when managing their finances?" One of our leading answers: making spending and investment decisions apart from a personalized
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Avoiding Student Loan Default

Many people are struggling under the weight of their student loans. But with numerous repayment options available, at least for those with federal student loans, there's no reason to default. This article offers guidance
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Feeling Good about Your Investing Decisions?

Ready to find out if you're committing "Five Really Dumb Money Moves You've Got to Avoid"? Let's take them from the top (excerpts in italics from the WSJ, May, 2013) 1. Reaching for yield. What this country needs is a
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New Life Breathed Into Coverdell Education Savings Accounts

Chances are you're familiar with the highlights of the ironically titled American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA), signed into law on January 2. The law returned payroll taxes to their previous higher levels and raised rates
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Money Roundup: A Seldom-Discussed Secret To Career Success, Identifying Your Personal Finance KPIs,

This week's picks for the best in personal finance from around the web. Is giving the secret to getting ahead? (NY Times). Interesting research about "prosocial motivation," with wide-ranging implications. Does this have
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Money Roundup: Your Biggest Financial Asset, Money Lessons From a Widow

This week's picks for the best in personal finance from around the web. The biggest financial asset in your portfolio is you (NY Times). An interesting article about the link between human capital and financial capital,
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