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BANKRATE STAFF  June 12, 2019     Millennials (individuals born between 1981 and 1996) number 83.2 million and are characteristically known as the largest, best-educated and most diverse generation in U.S. history. However, saving for retirement, budgeting and establishing and maintaining a financial plan remains a challenge for millennials, according…

  • It’s graduation season, and there’s an excitement in the air about starting a new chapter. Mixed in with this excitement is an element of stress to make the right decisions: decisions on how things should be done, when they should be done and where they should be done. All these decisions are common, but they often distract from the purpose of what comes after high school.   We need to remember that higher education has a purpose. It’s more than an experience. The purpose of a college degree is employment. It is an investment, and as with any other investment,…

  • Bankrate February 27, 2019 by Kelly Anne Smith     The current $1.5 trillion in student loan debt is holding Americans back. A new Bankrate survey finds that most Americans who have had student debt have delayed important financial decisions and milestones because of it — and some even regret taking out student loans in the first place. “There’s no question about the general value of education. A college degree typically translates to greater chances of being employed,” says Mark Hamrick, senior economic analyst and Washington bureau chief at Bankrate. “Student loan debt is, in a sense, the other side of the…

  • Business Insider May 10, 2019, 3:09 PM by David Rosenberg, Gluskin Sheff   There is now $1.6 trillion worth of outstanding student loans. Student debt is one reason the US from having a normal housing market cycle.   I have to say that while I am no big fan of Elizabeth Warren and most of her left-wing policies, there is one plank that resonates with me, and it's her ambitious strategy to offer a one-time clearance of student debt for 75% of the borrowers — providing much-needed relief for 42 million debtors. And the associated plan to make university tuition more…

  • CBS Marketwatch Published: May 12, 2018 10:25 a.m. ET By Jillian Berman   It stood at about $600 billion 10 years ago America’s student loan problem just surpassed a depressing milestone. Outstanding student debt reached $1.521 trillion in the first quarter of 2018, according to the Federal Reserve, hitting $1.5 trillion for the first time. Though the marker is somewhat arbitrary, it offers a reminder of how quickly student debt has grown—jumping from about $600 billion 10 years ago to more than $1.5 trillion today—and that the factors fueling the increase aren’t likely to disappear any time soon. “People pay attention to milestones,”…



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