7 tips to help you have the money talk with your aging parents

September 6th, 2013 Kathy Cohea

Talking about financial matters is never an easy thing. And for many people, things tend to get particularly challenging when it comes time to have the money talk with aging parents. Whether it’s the fear of facing death, an ongoing taboo that revolves around discussing finances or other family matters, many people avoid talking about […]

Do your homework before you buy a home

August 23rd, 2013 madmin

Wouldn’t it be great if purchasing a home would be as easy as going shopping at a grocery store? All the products are on display in the same aisle, and if you aren’t satisfied with your choice you can just return it. Unfortunately – the process of buying a home is anything but simple. What’s […]

Top 10 personal finance tips for college students

August 9th, 2013 Sue Armbrecht

As a college student, you are well-versed in GPAs and test scores. Managing finances, however, is a whole other matter. We’ve put together these top 10 tips to give you an edge on mastering personal finance. 1. You are in charge. You are responsible for your finances, and you should act accordingly by creating a […]

Budgeting for college

August 2nd, 2013 Jeff Burkhart

According to the study How America Saves for College 2013, one-quarter of families don’t save for college because they believe the student will qualify for enough scholarships and financial aid to cover the costs of college. In reality, only 61 percent of students received scholarships and those scholarships only covered 29 percent of their total […]

The dangers of using a personal credit card for business expenses

July 26th, 2013 Jesse Gleason

Access to money is one of the most critical aspects of successfully operating a small business. As a business owner you need to finance the cost of equipment, compensate your employees and pay for the other materials and infrastructure needed to operate a business. For the vast majority of small businesses, that’s where a credit […]

Online tools to compare college costs

July 12th, 2013 Mike Finlayson

The cost of higher education has skyrocketed, and borrowing for a college education has become a reality of life. Unfortunately, making sense of financial aid packages and college tuition is anything but simple. Too often students receive financial aid award letters that are full of jargon, use inconsistent terms and calculations, and make it unnecessarily […]

3 benefits of paying off your mortgage slowly

July 5th, 2013 Carol Wynja

If you’re like most Americans, you probably made a big down payment on your home and are making extra principal payments from time to time in order to pay off your mortgage faster. After all – owning your home outright is the smart thing to do, right? The answer to this question – and to […]

Don’t make these post-graduation money mistakes

June 28th, 2013 Kathy Cohea

Graduating from college and starting your life in the “real world” can be a scary venture – your friends aren’t living across the hall from you anymore and you’re probably starting your first professional job. On top of that you’ve likely got some college loans looming on the horizon, your parents may be less willing […]

Key elements to getting a business loan

June 21st, 2013 Patrick Van Nevel

Obtaining the properly structured commercial loan can have a powerful impact on your business. It can improve your cash flow, help you invest in new employees, purchase new equipment, expand your office space and much more.  The bottom line? A commercial loan can help your bottom line. It’s important to know how to plan for […]

6 ways to financially prepare for your own death

June 14th, 2013 Kevin Mote

Although thinking about your own death can seem morbid at times, it’s a good idea to put plans in place to become more financially prepared. After all – if you don’t plan for your own death, someone else will have to do it for you when you are gone. More often than not, this role […]

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