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Laura Duscher and Brittany Stanoch say they are Minnesota’s future, so they suggest looking back to 1999. A contradiction? Not for state college and university students. They want 1999 to be in Minnesotans’ sights since they say that is the last time the state gave higher education institutions a decent funding increase.
You’re on the road to financial well-being. You’ve unloaded toxic debt and saved up several months’ expenses in an emergency fund. Now what?
It’s time to get into the driver’s seat, and start investing your money.
Investing is more than just saving.
Is there anything else you can do to promote your socially and environmentally conscious way of life? Yes. It’s called Sustainable and Responsible Investing. But ask yourself this question, too: Would you take potentially less profits to invest in companies screened for their behaviors as much as their profitability?
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke fielded the usual questions about inflation, tax cuts and government debt during a trip to Congress last week. Then a new question popped up: Is the Fed creating another bubble in stock prices?
David Randall and Matthew Craft
, March 07, 2011
John Foucault looked long and hard to find "angel investors" to help take his Duluth software development company to the next level.
He needed capital to develop new products that would make Points North not just a regional player, but a national one. And getting a loan through traditional financing is unlikely for software firms whose product is intellectual, not tangible.
The heavily indebted Dubai World is not guaranteed by the emirate's government, a top financial official from the city state said today, offering little direction to anxious investors on a day when the United Arab Emirates registered a record fall on the back of Dubai's debt mess.
Anthropologists and psychologists like to point to the caveman days for rationale as to why we act certain ways that don't seem normal. Well, now add financial planners to the list of those who are now looking at the animal tendencies for answers as to why people invest their money the way they do.
David Waxer, financial counselor for GreenPath Debt Solutions in Southfield, Mich., said his office has seen all extremes when it comes to how lenders handle troubled homeowners.
One small mortgage company, he said, didn't want to budge and wouldn't lower the 12 percent mortgage rate held by one of its delinquent customers.
The lender would only add the past-due amount to the back end of the mortgage to make the loan current and avoid foreclosure for a while.
The current economic downturn has hit 401(k) retirement plans hard, and left millions of Americans wondering whether their 401(k) will bounce back and provide enough income in their retirement years. Several Web sites offer a wealth of information about 401(k) plans, from considerations about the future of the saving program to 401(k) basics and recent news. If you'd like to check in on 401(k) developments, here are a few sites worth visiting:
Sarah Auclair wants to retire eight years from now at age 65, but, for now, that will have to remain a dream.
Auclair has nothing saved for retirement, so reaching her goal will require a concerted effort on her part — starting with making regular contributions to her employer's 401(k) plan.
Teens have faced one of the toughest job markets in decades this summer, leaving college savings accounts hungry for deposits. But students without steady paychecks can feed their college coffers without having to sell their possessions on eBay.
I'm talking about scholarships. Like finding a job in a recession, competition for these awards is fierce and growing.
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