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Preparing Your Finances for Study Abroad

Semester abroad on the horizon? Before you go, make sure you have all your financial ducks in a row at home. First, you should notify your bank and the providers of any credit or debit cards you plan to use overseas that you will be out of the country—be ready to provide your destination and… Continue Reading

What Women and Young People Have in Common: Money Stress!

  Via LearnVest By Jennifer Liu – What keeps you up at night? Maybe it’s thinking about that big presentation you have to give at work in the morning—or about how you still haven’t nailed down the details of your summer getaway yet. But more likely, your daily stresses come down to one thing: your… Continue Reading

Is it Too Early to Start Thinking about Retirement?

  When you’re in still in college, saving for retirement is probably the last thing on your to-do list. After all, your retirement is probably 40 or so years away, while you’re focused on more immediate concerns such as schoolwork, a job and day-to-day family responsibilities. But it’s never too early to start saving for… Continue Reading

The Obamacare Effect: Why HSAs Are More Popular Than Ever

Via LearnVest By Shana Lebowitz – Obamacare has placed many Americans in a pickle. On one hand, their health insurance plans generally boast lower premiums—but they can also have sky-high deductibles. In some cases, the deductible may be so hefty that they never even meet it. If that scenario sounds familiar, don’t fret—there are ways to… Continue Reading

38 Hot Careers for College Grads

If you’re graduating this spring, we have good news: according to a recent study by Michigan State University’s College Employment Research Institute, the job market for new grads is the hottest it’s been since the Great Recession of 2007–2009, and possibly even the dot-com boom in 1999–2000. The study, which surveyed 5,700 employers last fall,… Continue Reading

Challenge Week 3: Understanding Your Student Loan Payment

Student loans are a major financial responsibility, so be sure to keep track of how much you owe and what your likely monthly payment will be when you graduate or leave school. This week’s challenge is to estimate those monthly payments using this handy student loan payment calculator.

Walking the Thin Green Line: Why Being Wealthy Isn’t the Same as Being Rich

Via LearnVest By Amanda Kelly – Would you rather be rich or wealthy? If you’re like most people, you’re probably thinking, “What’s the difference?” Turns out it has less to do with your assets and more to do with your mind-set, claims New York Times columnist Paul Sullivan, author of “The Thin Green Line: Money… Continue Reading

Challenge Week 2: Did you know….?

Spending just 15 minutes each week thinking about your finances is a great way to increase your financial awareness, which will make you more likely to show positive money-management behaviors, such as paying your bills on time, setting aside some money for savings and staying on track toward your financial goals. For this week’s challenge,… Continue Reading

6 Hacks to Help Stop Financial Procrastination in Its Tracks

Via LearnVest By Amanda Kelly -  With the start of every new year comes all of those resolutions that you’re absolutely, positively, definitely going to tackle. You’ll be better at balancing your checkbook. You’ll finally kick your retirement savings into high gear. And you’re not going to let that financial paperwork pile up again. Yet… Continue Reading

Income-Based Repayment: What it Means For Your Student Loan

If you’ve used federal student loans to finance your education, you’ll be expected to start paying them back six months after you graduate. But if have very high student debt relative to your income, and if you meet certain criteria, you may be able pay your loan back using an income-driven loan repayment plan. There… Continue Reading