Money Management Tips to Make Your Finances Recession-Proof

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With all the uncertainties that the Corona Virus has brought, it can be hard to predict what is going to be the long-term effect on the economy. Unfortunately, if a recession does hit, it will be something beyond our control. However what we can control is how we personally respond to it and how we prepare for it.  Taking precautionary measures sooner rather than later can help you protect your finances and make them recession-proof.

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Student Loans and the WORST Ways to Pay them Off

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Student loan debt is a very hot topic. With borrowers owing a combined total of federal student loan debt that is nearing a trillion dollars. One in five adults currently has student loan debt and we don’t see college tuition dropping in the near future.

Repaying your student loans can be daunting, especially if you have over six figures of debt, like many new college graduates.

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Tips for Small Businesses to Survive the Coronavirus

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The only certainty right now when it comes to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is that currently, everything is uncertain. Several local and state governments have issued a shelter in place orders asking people to remain home and only go out for the essentials. Many small, local businesses are feeling this stress as they have been forced to lay off employees, adjust their hours or services, or even close their doors for an indefinite amount of time.

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Making your Money Work for You – Compound Interest and the Rule of 72

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When it comes to saving money, taking advantage of compound interest is a brilliant thing. It’s often one of the easiest and simplest ways to “use your money to make money that makes money”.  Compound interest can also work against you.  Most revolving credit contracts – such as credit card companies – use the compound interest methodology.  If you don’t pay off your balance in full you are charged interest – if you do it this again the following month you will be paying interest on not only your principal BUT also on your past accrued interest.  It’s how they make their money.

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“Kiddie Condos” – The Newest College Housing Trend

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“Kiddie Condos” are one of the newest buzz phrases and latest trend for parents of college students who are looking to treat room and board as more of an investment vs. an expense. The concept: Purchase a home, condo or  apartment in the town where your college student goes to school, purchase the home with them on the mortgage, and have them live there vs. campus housing or renting off campus. The idea behind the strategy is to put the money a family would generally spend on room and board, required meal plans, and out-of-state tuition into a property.

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Bankruptcy 101 – Pros and Cons

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Over the past decade, filing for bankruptcy has become far less taboo – good, bad or indifferent it’s become far more mainstream for both businesses and individuals. 

For individuals, there are 2 types of Bankruptcy – Chapter 7 and Chapter 13. With Chapter 7 you must have an insufficient income to allow you to pay at least a portion of your debts. Under Chapter 7, you either pay for or give up your property for secured debts. You surrender any nonexempt property in order to pay off as much of your other debt as possible. You keep all of your other exempt property and are forever released from any obligation to repay the remaining dischargeable debt.

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Savings and Retirement Tips: Pay off your Mortgage Early or Invest?

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When it comes to saving money, especially for your future, it can be hard to decide where to put that money to get the best bang for your buck. If you have loans, like a mortgage, you might consider an early pay-off. What feels better than being debt free, right? But building wealth can be tricky.

When it comes to saving money, interest rates rule the world. You want your money to earn more than it would cost you elsewhere. So, if your rate of return on investing is more than you would save in paying down interest, then investing would earn you more money and be a smarter option. However, if your mortgage interest rate is higher than your rate of return on investing, then you would save more money by paying down aggressively on your mortgage instead.

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College Savings or Retirement – Which Should you Save for First?

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Which should you save for first – your child’s future college tuition or your personal retirement?  As a parent, this is a very emotional question – saving for your children’s continuing education to help them incur less debt and get a good education or financially preparing yourself and securing your future.

Many parents have decided that college savings should come first and are not only forgoing putting money in a retirement account, but they are dipping into their retirement savings to cover the costs of tuition. Yes, saving for college is important, but it is actually a luxury. How much you save for your child’s tuition is not a direct correlation to how likely it is that they will graduate. And don’t worry, your child can find other ways to pay for school: scholarships, grants, financial aid, part time jobs, or even finding a more affordable school.

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Surprising Expenses You Don’t Expect When Planning for Retirement

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When it comes to planning for retirement, the process seems pretty simple: contribute to your IRA or 401(k), put extra savings aside each month, and reduce your spending as much as possible as you get closer to retirement. Once you are ready to retire, you should be able to rely on a combination of your investments, Social Security, your savings and Medicare to cover your needs.

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