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The Do-It-All Roth IRA

By Gary Silverman Occasionally I counsel younger couples about finances. They share a problem with most of my older clients: They can’t do it all. There’s just not enough money in the budget (and perhaps on Earth) for everything they want to do. However, often with a younger couple it’s not so much that they can’t do it all—it’s more like they can’t do any of it fully. Think of …Read More

Novadebt Changes Name to Navicore Solutions

By Drew Kessler Novadebt, a leader in the field of nonprofit financial counseling and a member of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, recently announced the organization will begin operating under a new trade name effective October 31st and will be known as Navicore Solutions. “Navicore Solutions reflects the expansion of our service portfolio of compassionate counseling solutions and clearly conveys our mission of helping people navigate life’s challenges, which is at …Read More

NFCC Honors Achievements in Financial Literacy

By Gail Cunningham The NFCC was pleased to honor five individuals with the prestigious Making the Difference Award at our recent conference held in Seattle, WA September 28-October 1. The award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to assisting consumers with financial literacy, awareness and education. The following distinguished and deserving leaders were honored with a 2014 Making the Difference Award: Kevin Rhein, senior executive vice president, chief information …Read More

Parents: You Have to Talk Money Before You can Teach Money

By Neale Godrey President Obama proclaimed this past April to be National Financial Capability Month, commonly referred to as National Financial Literacy Month and said “…we renew our drive to give all Americans the tools to navigate the financial world and gain the economic freedom to pursue their own measure of happiness.” This goal may be hindered because many of us were brought up with the idea that there were two …Read More

What Does a Working Kitchen Need?

By Donna Freedman A blog post over at Get Rich Slowly asks readers which cooking utensils/equipment they couldn’t live without. “In the kitchen: When less is more” posits that plenty of the things marketed as necessities end up as just so much culinary clutter. “How much do you need to have a working kitchen?” asks writer Lisa Aberle. Good question. My comment on the post became pretty lengthy – so lengthy, …Read More

NFCC Honors Clients of the Year at Annual Leaders Conference

By Gail Cunningham Not many people would say that accumulating $38,000 in credit card debt was one of the best things that ever happened to them. Nonetheless, that’s how the NFCC’s 2014 PACE Clients of the Year, Jonathan and Hope Unverzagt, sum up their experience. The Unverzagts were honored with the prestigious award during the NFCC’s recent conference in Seattle, WA. It was a happy ending with a rocky beginning. The …Read More

The Ins and Outs of 529 College Savings Plans

By Jason Alderman For many people, their biggest expenses in life are funding retirement, buying a home, and paying for their children’s college education – or a portion of it, anyway. Setting aside money for these and other financial goals is difficult, especially when you’re trying to save for them all simultaneously and from a young age. Let’s tackle saving for college. As with any long-term savings goal, the earlier …Read More

NFCC Distributes Thousands of Free Financial Education Resource Tools

By Gail Cunningham During the first year of  NFCC’s Sharpen Your Financial Focus(TM) program, more than 18,000 12-month memberships to Experian’s freecreditscore.com product were distributed to consumers at no cost to them. Program participants are eligible to receive the free 12-month membership to the freecreditscore.com product through a generous donation from Experian in support of financial education. The freecreditscore.com financial resource complements the skills learned through the Sharpen Your Financial Focus program. …Read More

6th Annual Jump$tart Educator Conference Now Open for Registration

By Drew Kessler Calling all teachers! Registration is now open for the 6th Annual Jump$tart National Educator Conference, devoted to classroom educators who teach personal finance or want to incorporate money lessons into other subject matter, grades PreK-12.  Join Jump$tart November 8-10, 2014 at the Omni Hotel at California Plaza, Los Angeles, CA. Through the generosity of Experian, Wells Fargo Foundation, and many sponsors, Jump$tart is able to offer teachers the very …Read More

Divorcing? Protect Your Finances, Personal Data

By Jason Alderman No doubt you’ve seen many warnings against sharing personal or financial information with strangers, but what about your spouse – or ex-spouse? A recent study by McAfee revealed some unsettling findings: Although 96 percent of adults surveyed trust their significant other with passwords, intimate photos, and other personal content they’ve shared via mobile devices, only 32 percent have asked their ex to delete the information when ending …Read More