October 10, 2016

Should I go to College?

One of the biggest decision we face in life is, “will I be going to college,” Not only is it a weighty decision that may control many outcomes in our life, but we often make the choice at an extremely young age. Most just ask, “Should I go to college?” For the most part, we’ve touted going to college as the greatest necessity to be successful in our country. However, with recent changes to the economy and the rapid growth of technology, views are evolving as fast as the next generation of iPhones. According to recent reports, college is no longer ‘prerequisite’ to success that it once was. Currently, the job market is weak, and this means that fewer young people are willing to pay the high fees and go through four years of studying for the risk of not seeing a reward. Just recently, a poll showed that around half of white-collar workers believe a degree is necessary for their job. Additionally, nearly 60% of all US workers don’t need an undergraduate degree. Thus when your young adult asks, “Should I go to College” you can understand their questioning conventional wisdom. However, the debate roars on because nearly 70% of […]
July 15, 2016
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Where do I park the college savings?

“Where do I park the college savings?”, If you’ve got yourself on track financially and you’re ready to start saving for you child’s college expenses then you may be asking yourself where do I put the savings? There’s a myriad of options when it comes to college savings. Today let’s look at where you can park that money to get the most out of it. The most popular way to invest your college savings is a 529 Plan. This is a state sponsored plan that was created in 1996 that allows you to put money in that will be invested in mutual funds, index funds and things of that nature. The great thing about these plans are they grow tax free and can be used for qualifying college expenses. For example, let’s say you invest $10,000 over a period of time and your money grows to $20,000. You can then pull the whole amount out to pay qualified expenses like tuition, books, etc. TAX FREE!!! 529 plans can also be an individual or group plans. Individual plans can be purchased directly from the state or an advisor. Those purchased directly from the state often have the lowest fees, however if you aren’t […]
March 11, 2016
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Saving for a child who may not go to college

Saving for a child who may not go to college One of your primary responsibilities when you welcome a child into the world is preparing them for adulthood. Of course you feed them, clothe them and house them. You make sure they have a good education, and you instill them with a solid sense of right and wrong. Many families, though, want to go a little further and save for the time a child enters adulthood. This savings will often be in the form of a college fund, but that’s not the only choice. There are ways to prepare for a child’s wedding, their first home, or even a mission trip overseas. The direction you take will depend on your resources, your location, and the likely end use for that money. Last week we discussed your options for college savings. This week we will look at savings for other purposes. Saving for expenses other than college The traditional vehicles for college savings generally require that the money go toward qualified college expenses with an accredited institution. But these are not the only major expenses faced by young people as they go into the world. We can’t begin to come up […]