Interest rates are down, and the desire to refinance existing debt is up. Especially student loans. The past few years have seen a swarm of companies come on the scene with the purpose of helping facilitate the refinancing of student debt. A swarm of new companies means an avalanche of advertising. Like all good advertising, they make it seem like you're missing out by not using their services.Read More
The North Star Blog
Since being introduced in October 2015 the Revised Pay As You Earn (REPAYE) income-driven repayment plan has become increasingly popular as a way to pay back federal student loans. Despite its popularity, SLPs and other professionals pursuing Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) may be better off passing it by.Read More
The 2nd post on my series for recent SLP grads!
Transitioning from college to career, these tips can help you evaluate opportunities coming your way.Read More
Part 1 of 2 posts focusing on recent SLP graduates starting their careers!
Congratulations! You’re the owner of a newly minted degree giving you access to a great career in speech and hearing sciences. Now what? The transition from college to a full-time career is exciting, a bit liberating and often overwhelming. Let’s talk about two financial areas where you should focus your attention as you job hunt this summer. Read more.Read More
Rising costs, new laws, old laws, and complexity of coverage. It's no wonder that health insurance and its potential effect on personal finances is lurking on the edge of many people's consciousness. The good news is there are some options that can help put some control back into your hands.Read More
My latest guest post to the ASHA Leader blog.
Forget cleaning your home! It’s boring, and let’s be honest, in two weeks it’s going to be a mess again anyway. You’re busy helping people and only have so much time. This spring I suggest you clean up your finances. To help you get started, I offer six questions for you to ponder:Read More
My first guest post to the ASHA Leader blog!
If your employer provides a pension, be happy. A pension provides a powerful retirement tool in your arsenal. The jovial folks at the Department of Labor and National Association of State Retirement Administrators estimate 85 percent of state and local government employees participate in a defined benefit pension. I’m looking at you, public school clinicians. If you work at a federally operated hospital (like a Veterans Affairs facility) or institution, this applies to you, too. Even many nongovernment-operated hospitals offer pensions.
“Well, I guess we’ll get there someday…maybe, haha. Until then, we’ve got the small things”
That was how my longtime girlfriend finished our conversation about some of the things we’re currently working towards; none of which are particularly exciting or exotic. In fact, most people have similar goals on the surface but dig deeper and they become uniquely ours for unique reasons.Read More
You had damn good timing!
You bought a house in late ’09 or ’10 after graduating college and getting a good job, maybe even starting a family. A few years later, with a rebound in both housing and the overall economy, your home is worth substantially more than what you owe on it....Read More
Let’s start out with this, credit cards are not evil! In fact, debt as a financial instrument is not evil. It has many useful and reasonable purposes. To turn a phrase: debts don’t kill your finances; you kill your finances (by making bad choices).Read More
Have a student loan? You’re not the only one. 40 million US citizens have some form of higher education loan.
I imagine that number will continue to climb in the years ahead. As you can imagine, many of those 40 million people have questions. To help out this group of people, we’re going to run through a bunch of possible ways to work towards repaying your student loans.Read More
So, how can an up and coming professional continuously benefit from working with a financial planner?
Beyond technical skill and the initial planning process, I believe there are five core ways a financial advisor can provide value.Read More