5 Must Know Student Loan Facts for the College Bound

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Young people, college bound and otherwise, have a different perspective on the passage of time than their older counterparts. The four or more years young people will spend in pursuit of a college education seems like an eternity to them.

It is perhaps for this reason, coupled with the boundless optimism of youth, that too little caution may be exercised with regard to acquiring student loan debt. The date of repayment appears distant and the prospects of gainful employment to repay the debt are perceived as all but certain.

Collectively, student loan debt has ballooned to $1.2 trillion, which  exceeds consumer credit card debt and is now second only to mortgage loan debt in size and scope. As a result, many believe that student loan debt is the next bubble to threaten our economy with recession.

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Crowdfunding Investment Cheat Sheet


As the saying goes, you want to be in the know before you go. Or in this case, before you open up your wallet and put down your hard earned money on the latest investment scam. You surely don’t want to end up like one of Bernie Madoff’s “investors” now do you? At the same [...]

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Your Emergency Fund—Does Size Really Matter?

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Emergency funds are as individual as their owners. Consequently, there is no one-size-fits-all. The only critical feature of an emergency fund is that it meets your needs. Most emergency funds are created to deal with job loss or illness. Others might see the role of an emergency fund through the lens of a natural disaster [...]

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The not so Secret Habits of Millionaires

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Chances are you have run across a variety of sources proclaiming that the answer to your personal finance challenges are about doing this or doing that. You know what I’m talking about; buy this book, take this seminar, enroll in my 7 Step program, that sort of thing. Yet, what if it’s not really that [...]

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Building Wealth: It’s about More than Money!


The average individual does not have an Ebenezer Scrooge mentality, meaning money is a weak motivator for most of us. Now the trappings of money, nice home, fancy car, designer clothes, are stronger motivating factors for some, but let’s be honest—that is so shallow! In my view, this is why so many of us fail [...]

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Four People Who Might Ruin Your Credit


Some people don’t give their credit scores much thought, but if you have a high rating, the opportunities are endless. People with good credit typically qualify for loans, and a good credit score can open doors to job opportunities and lower insurance premiums. The truth is, building a good credit score is not rocket science. [...]

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An Obama Student Loan Smackdown

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Can we say this is a smackdown against the lenders who provide the funds for students who desperately need to pay for education? Or, is this but a band-aid that is mostly full of hot air and empty promises? You decide after taking a peek at the details below.

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Come See Me at a FREE Financial Seminar in DC on the 12th!


On July 12th from 12pm – 3pm, I will be speaking at a free wealth event at the Mad Hatter in DC! Come and learn from the experts about things that you can do to start building wealth today! Click here to register!

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Rich People Are from Mars and the Rest of Us Are from Venus

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If you believe for one second that rich people don’t think differently, I challenge you to name for me just one multi-million dollar lottery winner from 20 years ago that isn’t dead broke. Simply having a fortune fall into your lap does not guarantee continued wealth for you or your progeny. Contrast multi-million dollar lottery [...]

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Reader Question: How Do I Deal with my Spouse’s Bad Credit?


If you have questions about your finances, you are not alone. In fact, here at Your Finances Simplified I often receive financial questions from my readers. For example, one of our readers, Gwen, sent me the following: My name is Gwen, and I’ve been married for 23 years, and my husband’s credit is awful. We [...]

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