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How Studebaker Shaped the IRA

2015 marks the 40th birthday of the Individual Retirement Account (IRA). Born under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) of 1974, Congress introduced this new type of retirement plan in response to private pension breakdowns – most notably that of car manufacturer Studebaker-Packard. In 1963, Studebaker-Packard filed for bankruptcy and couldn’t afford to pay out… read more

What’s Your Money Script?

What does money mean to you? When it comes to financial decisions, like saving money, we all have different money personalities that affect the way we handle finances. Whether you’re a saver or spender, there are underlying psychological reasons why some people prioritize saving while others don’t. Being a good saver is not a function… read more

Retirement: Forget What’s My Number! What’s My Income?

If you’ve noticed lately, the thinking around retirement has moved away from ‘what’s my number?’ to ‘what do I get from that number?’ The realities of retirement have been changing over the last decade.  Fewer retirees can depend upon pensions and the income that they provide.  Social security considerations for inflation have nearly vanished.  A… read more

Coupling Finance and Romance: Becoming a Money Team

Love is very emotional, and we do curious things under its spell. One of the peculiar things many love-struck couples do is to avoid the money conversation, yet it’s one of most important matters in a relationship. “Money is the number one topic of conflict in relationships,” says Atlanta-based financial psychologist Dr. Mary Gresham. Although… read more

Financial Aid Awareness Month: Paying for College

The burden of paying for college is a source of stress for many students and their parents as the cost of tuition continues to climb at a staggering rate of 8% per year. The College Board reports the average yearly cost of a private four-year college is $42,419 – up 60% from 10 years ago. The… read more