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For Parents: Best Graduation Present EVER

Congratulations to the class of 2024! If you’re the parent of a graduating high school senior, congratulations to you, too! This spring will be a whirlwind of special assemblies, final concerts, awards ceremonies, prom—and presents! You may have bought that showy car for graduation—or a new computer for college.

You’re probably realizing that graduation also brings a role change for you. Your new graduate is legally an adult for many purposes. 18-year-olds can marry and vote, and (males only) must register for the draft at 18. They can purchase a gun (subject to individual state laws). If your graduate is college bound, you may have learned that colleges are required to meet privacy rules under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). That means that in any college or university that receives federal funding, access to the student’s records is tightly restricted.

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For Parents: Best Graduation Present EVER

For Parents: Best Graduation Present EVER

Congratulations to the class of 2024! If you’re the parent of a graduating high school senior, congratulations to you, too! This spring will be a whirlwind of special assemblies, final concerts, awards ceremonies, prom—and presents! You may have bought that showy car for graduation—or a new computer for college.

You’re probably realizing that graduation also brings a role change for you. Your new graduate is legally an adult for many purposes. 18-year-olds can marry and vote, and (males only) must register for the draft at 18. They can purchase a gun (subject to individual state laws). If your graduate is college bound, you may have learned that colleges are required to meet privacy rules under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). That means that in any college or university that receives federal funding, access to the student’s records is tightly restricted.

Managing Paper Mail

Managing Paper Mail

Many people who grew up during the depression era learned that it was not good to put all their eggs in one basket. The risk of losing the basket along with all their eggs was too high.
This lesson applied to finances as well. Many individuals preferred to spread their money among a variety of different financial institutions because of their concern that a bank might fail and their funds would be lost.

Do You Have Too Many Accounts? Consolidate!

Do You Have Too Many Accounts? Consolidate!

Many people who grew up during the depression era learned that it was not good to put all their eggs in one basket. The risk of losing the basket along with all their eggs was too high.
This lesson applied to finances as well. Many individuals preferred to spread their money among a variety of different financial institutions because of their concern that a bank might fail and their funds would be lost.

Busy Professionals: Three Reasons a Daily Money Manager may be Right for You

Busy Professionals: Three Reasons a Daily Money Manager may be Right for You

Keeping track of your money can often feel like a separate career. It is easy to go from dedicating a few hours a month paying bills as you start your career to a much longer process as your assets and family grow. A Daily Money Manager (DMM) can help. DMMs are trusted professionals who pay bills, reconcile accounts, keep track of investments, organize tax documents, review and renew insurance coverage and other financial tasks – basically anything attached to a dollar sign. How do you know if you could benefit from a DMM? If any of these situations apply to you, it could be time to hire a DMM.

Scammers and Identity Thieves

Scammers and Identity Thieves

A Summer is often a time for vacations and relaxed schedules, longer days with family barbecues and carefree gatherings. It can also be a time when we let down our guard and are not as vigilant with overseeing our credit card statements or bank account balances. ...

Stop Singing the Tax Time Blues

Stop Singing the Tax Time Blues

We are coming to the end of that time of year when you have exhausted yourself preparing to send information to your tax preparer. Tax time doesn’t have to be a downer although can be a stressful and overwhelming period for many individuals. With numerous documents to...

Why to Review Beneficiaries Annually to Secure Your Wishes

Why to Review Beneficiaries Annually to Secure Your Wishes

Reviewing your list of beneficiaries annually is wise. Relationships, circumstances, or benefits can change, and sometimes, so do your recipients. There are everyday life events such as births, deaths, or marriages. The most compelling reason for an annual beneficiary review is to ensure your accounts distribute as you wish.

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