Month: September 2017

Of course, financial aid calculations are Byzantine and case-specific. If you’re going to try to shuffle assets, you should first be sure you understand all the applicable rules and trade-offs. Furthermore, shifting parental assets won’t make a big difference unless you’re looking at large sums, said Mark Kantrowitz, publisher and vice president of strategy for
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Most Americans would rather not shell out extra cash to their bank in overdraft fees. Sadly, many still do. Altogether, Americans paid $15 billion in fees for bounced checks and other overdrafts last year, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has said. Almost half of Americans who’ve had a checking account have been charged an overdraft
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For older Americans, downsizing is often the logical next step, but when to move, where to go and how to pull it off are often considerable hurdles. Despite Hurricane Irma, which has caused some future retirees to rethink Florida, the Sunshine State remains one of the most desired destinations because of its overall low cost
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Stephen Yang | Reuters Local resident Vishnu Obregon in the Brickell neighborhood as Hurricane Irma passes Miami, Florida, U.S. September 10, 2017. Homeowners affected by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey have already absorbed a body flow from damaged homes and lost possessions. Now, they’re bracing for another: Repair scams. After weather calamities, fraudsters — also known
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Work with your parents to set a budget before school starts. Stick to it. And don’t forget to include travel expenses between school and home. “I definitely think that if your parents are sending you money, you should budget it with them,” said Makenna Lenover, a junior at Bryn Mawr College. Teresa Mahler, a first-year
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Reducing your medical expenses to free up cash for other goals may be easier said than done. The high costs of protecting your health makes that a challenge, said Eliot Fishman, senior director of health policy at Families USA. “Medical expenses are historically the greatest reason for bankruptcies,” Fishman said. Start by asking more questions
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Later, he initiated dream trust, a program that helps his mostly Mexican and bilingual-speaking employees identify their own personal and professional goals and then provides the means to achieve them. To that end, the company offers training programs on everything from how to build a website to paying down debt. Handley modeled the program after
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Patrick Moorhead, an industry analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy, expects virtually everyone interested in the new iPhone X, which rolls out later this year, to use an installment plan. On the flipside, consumers who proactively froze their credit to ward off identity thieves after the recent Equifax data breach could now face delays and
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