Good Financial Reads: Financially Preparing for College

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January 04, 2019

Financially Preparing for College

How to Choose Investments In Your College Savings Accounts

by Michelle Smalenbeger, Financial Design Studio, Inc.

You’ve decided to start saving for your child or grandchild’s college education!  First, you considered the type of account you wanted to use. If you’re still trying to decide please see some of our videos that may help uncover the details for all the options you have whether it be a Custodial Account, 529 Savings, or 529 Prepaid Tuition Plan.

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Factors That Affect Your College Investment Choices

by Michelle Smalenbeger, Financial Design Studio, Inc.

How do you respond to the different factors that affect your college investment choices. In addition to choosing the right investments so your funds grow, there are a couple of other things to consider. Timing and fees are two other factors that can affect the overall benefit you receive from saving toward college investment. Let’s discuss these two in more detail!

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What is a 529 Plan?

by Michelle Smalenbeger, Financial Design Studio, Inc.

What is a 529 plan?  And how is it different from most other types of accounts? First of all, anyone can open an account, regardless of your income or age.

With an IRA or 401(k) you are limited to the amount you can put into an account. With a 529 plan there is no annual limit to how much you can contribute, other than any gifting limitations. But even with the gift limits you can still contribute an unlimited amount. However, there is a limit to how big your 529 account can get.  

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Student Loans: Consolidation vs. Refinancing

by Kevin Mahoney, Illumint 

You may have options if student loan payments are eating up too much of your monthly budget. But what are the implications of consolidation and refinancing?

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