The State of Student Debt

Key Takeaways

  • More than 70 percent of college graduates have outstanding student loans—with an average balance of $37,000—when they graduate.
  • Studies show millennials are far more concerned about paying off student debt and increasing their savings than they are about their retirement.
  • The sooner you can pay off student debt, the sooner you can start your adult financial life and wealth-accumulation years.

From Financial Planning to Natural Disaster Planning

On August 28th, 1990, my wife and I were hit by a Level 5 Tornado in Plainfield, IL which killed 29 people and injured 353 others. The community was devastated, our first home was destroyed, and we lost several people in our neighborhood to this storm. This tornado became known as one of the worst on record, and there was almost no time to prepare for the destruction this storm wreaked on the southwest suburbs of Chicago.

Two years to almost the day (August 30, 1992), my wife’s family (living in Miami at the time) had a direct hit by Hurricane Andrew. Their homes were

Begin With the End in Mind

Key Takeaways

  • Beginning with the end in mind helps build a picture of your future that pulls you in versus pushing you towards it.
  • When we look at investment portfolios, we want to look at least five years out to help build that future.
  • By beginning with the end in mind, we pull ourselves to where we want to go, through all of the noise and distractions that can confuse us about our investments.

Big Changes Coming to the HECM Market in October

If you have been thinking about establishing an expanding line of credit on your primary residence (aka Home Equity Conversion Mortgage), now is the time to do it! The rules will change on October 2nd resulting in a substantial increase in associated upfront costs.

This announcement was unexpectedly declared on August 29th by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). “Given the losses we’re seeing in the [reverse mortgage] program, we have a responsibility to make changes