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Financial planning

5 Times to Talk to a Financial Advisor

People meet with me on a daily basis about money. It is the primary reason I have employment: People need to know what to do with their money. They want to know how to make it work for them, how to save it, how to invest it, even how to spend it....

Should You Consolidate or Refinance your Student Loans?

When it comes to student loans, there’s a lot of confusing — and conflicting — information out there. You want to make smart decisions about your loans, but sometimes the right answers aren’t obvious. For a lot of people, it’s much easier just to...

Is a College Education Worth It? Depends on Who You Ask

Is it worth investing in a college education? A story last month by David Leonhardt in The New York Times said, unequivocally, yes. "The pay gap between college graduates and everyone else reached a record high last year, according to new data...

Will Power: 4 Essentials for Planning Your Estate

Before having kids, my idea of a will was based on what I had seen in the movies. There was the dramatic “reading of the will” scene where someone is surprised by a huge inheritance or devastated by being left out. Then there were the movies where...

Are You Millionaire Material?

Is there a millionaire gene? Some inherent DNA configuration that makes one person more likely to have a higher earning potential than someone else? If only it were that easy. Elle Kaplan, the CEO and founding partner of LexION Capital Management...

Are You Prepared to be a Caregiver?

No parent plans on being a special needs caregiver to their child and no child plans on providing elder care to their parents. Yet in an age when autism and developmental disabilities are on the rise, and baby boomer parents are expected to live...

Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck

We don’t have to tell you this if you’ve ever been (or are) in this situation, but living from one paycheck to the next makes peace of mind an elusive goal. Thirty-eight million American households live this way, spending all of each paycheck,...

Get the Most From Your Financial Advisor

“You probably think I’m stupid,” one of my clients said to me.  I paused before I answered. She was in the middle of a divorce and had learned that she was on the hook for more debt than she realized. This client was also unclear on her...

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