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Investing: The Money Blind Spot For Millennials

by Sharen Hoekstraon January 27, 2017
The Millennial generation — the kids of boomers and Generation X — seems to really get the importance of saving. But based on four new surveys I’ve seen, Millennials also seem to have a blind spot when it comes to investing. If you’re the parent of a Generation Y son or daughter, I strongly encourage […]

Is A 529 Plan The Best Way To Save For College?

by Sharen Hoekstraon January 26, 2017
For folks who expect to foot the bill for their kids’ college and maybe even graduate school education, it’s not a matter of whether to save but how to. There are state-sponsored 529 college savings plans, fancy gift trusts for education and plain old vanilla taxable savings accounts. Is one better than the other? “You’re […]

10 Things To Know About IRS Forms 1099 At Tax Time

by Sharen Hoekstraon January 26, 2017
It's that time of year again, when IRS Forms 1099 arrive. Perhaps no one likes IRS Forms 1099 except the IRS. The agency loves them, because they allow for the easy computer matching of Form 1099 data against tax returns. Businesses may not like sending the forms out, but there are penalties for failing to issue them. Besides, no […]

Celebrities Obsessed With Their Cats

by Sharen Hoekstraon January 26, 2017
Meow! Hollywood is full of crazy cat ladies and gents. Celebs like Taylor Swift, Russell Brand, Katy Perry and Ed Sheeran are absolutely in love with their felines — and with good reason. (They're adorable!) Check out the photos below to see these stars and more cuddle their purring pets. Taylor Swift The singer documents […]

3 Reasons Why You Need A Retirement Coach In 2017

by Sharen Hoekstraon January 26, 2017
Retirement coaching is a relatively new industry with a lot of misconceptions about it. Unfortunately, there is a sterile, outdated image of it that can include things that look like a combination of therapy, consulting, and an endless array of assessments to evaluate one’s capacity or “readiness” to retire. But retirement coaching is going through […]

What Do I Owe Again? 6 Tips For College Seniors Facing Down Student Loan Debt

by Sharen Hoekstraon January 26, 2017
The summer before my senior year of college, I was scrolling through my email when one subject line caught my eye: “Finish Line Grant.” I clicked on it. “Dear Alex,” it read. “We are excited to let you know that you have been awarded a Finish Line Grant – a scholarship given to you by […]

7 Decisions That Can Lead You To Financial Misery

by Sharen Hoekstraon January 26, 2017
One of the most controversial and trending topics to discuss today. Who is trolling whom— and what is the real agenda behind all those stories that you see on social media? When it comes to making money decisions, you need to decide what advice is real or fake—or be able to see the agenda behind […]

Energy is the new new internet

by Sharen Hoekstraon January 25, 2017
If you’re not paying attention to what’s going on in energy, you should. We’ve seen this movie before. Spoiler alert: There’s massive economic opportunity ahead. How massive? Imagine standing in 1992, knowing that Google, Akamai, Netflix, Facebook, Amazon, eBay, BuzzFeed and Uber lay ahead. This time it’s the “enernet,” not the internet, that will transform […]

10 Ways to Make Your Makeup Last All Day (for Reals)

by Sharen Hoekstraon January 25, 2017
Each morning you take your time applying your makeup, carefully blending and lining everything to perfection. But then your products seem to stick around where they don’t belong (like, say, the collar of your shirt or the rim of your coffee mug) instead of on your actual face. Here, ten ways to ensure that everything […]

8 Beauty Trends That Will Be Huge in 2017

by Sharen Hoekstraon January 25, 2017
We’ve all come down from the glittery hoopla of the holidays, but that doesn’t mean you should stop experimenting with beauty trends in the new year. In fact, it’s the easiest (and, in our humble opinion, most fun) resolution you can make. Try out a new lipstick shade, nail polish or hair color and you’ll […]