When Funding Your Child’s Education, Let’s Not Repeat History

Key Takeaways

  • Student debt has doubled over the past seven years.
  • Newly minted 2016 graduates have an average of $37,000 in debt—some have debt loads in the six figures.
  • 529 plans are excellent, tax-advantaged ways for most parents and grandparents to save for a child’s education. Start saving as early as possible in the child’s life.

Capitalism Gets a Bad Rap

Key Takeaways

  • Considering what’s happened during young adults’ lives, it’s not surprising that they are wary of capitalism and financial markets.
  • But, young folks haven’t been around long enough to gain a true long-term perspective.
  • Millennials are already good savers—they just have to become savvier investors and let risk assets and compounding work to their advantage.

5 Money Psyche Tips

Key Takeaways

  • Feeling like you’ve lost control of your finances can derail many aspects of life.
  • Planning ahead for large expenditures, staggering your payment schedules and diligently maintaining a minimum balance in your bank account can give you a tremendous leg up.
  • When it comes to your money, always try to stay calm, collected and in control. I have five rules to help.

The 8 Things We Control

Key Takeaways

  • So much of life is beyond our control, but these eight habits for success will put you in the driver’s seat as you go through life.
  • Being prompt, courteous and reliable are simple but powerful lifelong habits to develop.
  • Having a good attitude and putting in 100 percent effort 100 percent of the time will take you far in life.