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#MoneyConscious Mash Up: National Tell-a-Lie Day Edition

  April 4, 2014  |    #Uncategorized

This week makes us heart the economy a little more than working moms heart Gwyneth Paltrow. That’s not really comparing apples to apples, though.  No pun intended, Apple Paltrow-Martin. So sweet! 

We received our first bit of sweet news on Tuesday when the Institute of Supply Management Index reported an increase to 53.7 in March from 53.2 in February. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, a score above 50 suggests expansion of the economy. An increase of 0.5 is small apples, but we’ll take ‘em. 

 

A History Lesson on Retirement

  April 2, 2014  |    #Make Money

We recently read “The Greatest Retirement Crisis in American History” in Forbes by Edward “Ted” Siedle. In it, Sidle argues, as the title eludes, that we are about to experience the greatest retirement calamity in our nation’s history. He suggests we are in wave one of up to four waves caused by retirement planning shortcomings. The first wave, which recently started, forces retirees back to work. “Welcome to Wal-Mart.” The second wave delays retirement for most. The third wave cancels retirement for most and the fourth wave financially ruins most senior citizens. 

Questions Every #MoneyConscious Student Should Ask

  March 31, 2014  |    #Eliminate Debt

Spring is in the air and what that means for many families is an end to the school year. By this time, even parents are ready for school to end because they too are tired of the homework and projects, tired of being a taxi and long for some down time. 

This is also the time of year when the buzz of graduation is in the air. We are not talking about eighth grade graduation. We are not even sure if that is anything more than another holiday created by clever greeting card and retail companies.  What we are talking about are those who will transition to the next stage of their life. Those who will join the workforce, military or go to post-secondary education (i.e., trade school, junior college, four-year college).