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From monthly archives: August 2016

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Back-to-School Edition: College-Bound

In an increasingly competitive job environment, obtaining a degree after high school has become even more necessary. The average estimated cost to attend at a public four-year in-state university is $24,061. The tuition is only a fraction of that figure but the total cost more than doubles when you factor in other room and board, books and supplies, transportation and personal expenses. The cost of a bachelor’s degree can vary based on several factors: attending public vs. private university; attending in-state vs. out-of-state university; location; or living at home vs. living on campus. Who pays the bill? Based on the most recent study from Sallie Mae, currently contributions from parents have surpassed scholarships and grants. What are the options to plan ahead? Save: Investing early and allowing the funds to compound can be an efficient way to pre-pay for higher education. There are different types of accounts that are available such as brokerage, Roth IRA, 529 Plans, Coverdell sa ...

Are Medals Really Made of Gold, Silver, or Bronze?

The summer games have begun with the lighting of the torch. It’s such an awe-inspiring moment to see, considering the flame has traveled for months, through countless cities, and carried by over 12,000 torchbearers. The teamwork and collaboration it takes to make this a reality is simply miraculous. The ideology of the games and bringing that many people, across multiple continents and cultures, into one majestic moment for one common goal is nothing short of phenomenal. These athletes all aspire to a common goal: to achieve greatness, to overcome obstacles, and to compete for the gold. They, along with the help of innumerable people, are making that dream a reality. And, although medals are made of gold, silver, and recycled electronics (an effort toward sustainability), that’s not really what goes into them. Medals are really made of the young athlete that gets up before dawn to start training; the daily determination to stick with the proper diet plan; and the perseverance to believe he o ...

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