Average Cost of a Wedding in 2021 – OMG

Dress? Check! Rings? Check! Masks? It’s no secret that the Covid-19 pandemic has totally upended the wedding industry. Both state- and federal-level mandates have imposed restrictions that would rightfully make any wedding planner throw in the towel. But with 93% of couples originally set to wed in 2020 still intent on holding their nuptials, most … Read more

Foreclosure Rates for All 50 States in June 2021

This is up roughly 41% from June last year when foreclosure activity remained at an exceptionally low level due to the pandemic-related moratorium on foreclosures. The Biden administration’s final extension of the moratorium ends on July 31, 2021. (Note: The deadline to request mortgage payment forbearance has also been extended to September 30, 2021.) It … Read more

Where Do You Pay off Student Loans?

Looking for the right place to pay off loans? Unfortunately, there’s no blinking neon sign for borrowers to “Repay Loans Here.” Instead, borrowers may have to go old school, and make a phone call to meet their new best friend—the student loan servicer. It all starts with contacting the Federal Student Aid Information Center to … Read more

Typical Retirement Expenses to Prepare For Like a Boss

Sleeping in until noon. Spoiling the grandkids with gifts and freshly baked cookies. Traveling around Western Europe to sip wine and eat croissants. Many people dream about how their retirement years will play out. These goals are 100% attainable—as long as retirees have saved enough during their working years. Unfortunately, not all Americans know what … Read more

The Navy Student Loan Repayment Program is Awesome

The U.S. Navy offers service members a proud and venerable tradition, having patrolled the seas since its inception in 1775. Almost 250 years later, the Navy still offers its sailors a remarkable life experience, a chance to serve the country, and a host of benefits that make life somewhat easier for military personnel. One perk … Read more

When Will Social Security Run Out?

The Social Security program aims to provide retirement and disability benefits to workers and their families. Workers pay into the system, the government holds onto the money, and the money earns interest. When workers reach eligibility, the government returns money to them. Essentially, this system relies on a steady stream of workers. But can Social … Read more

Savings Goals by Age

Mapping out your financial future can be daunting, especially if you only have a vague sense of what you want to accomplish. It can be useful to consider financial milestones to help you chart out your journey from college graduation through retirement. Here’s a look at some common savings goals by age to help you … Read more

Ways to Build Wealth at Any Age

Whether you want a worry-free retirement or a custom-built home, your financial goals are worthy investments. But they won’t come without careful planning. When it comes to people’s top financial goals for 2021, Country Financial’s 2020 Security Index Report found that controlling spending, saving for an emergency, paying down credit card debt or student loan … Read more

Is Getting an MBA Worth It?

The question of whether it’s worthwhile to obtain a Master’s in Business Administration—an advanced and versatile degree that can help people ascend into management analysis and/or strategy roles—is a highly personal one without a real single objective answer. As usual with financial and personal decisions, the answer tends to be “it depends.” The last decade … Read more

Why Is Bitcoin So Volatile?

Of all the things Bitcoin is rightfully known for—its range as a payment network, not the security of its protocol, nor the potential for blockchain technology to revolutionize any field that uses a database—there’s one that stands out as it’s most defining feature: its price, and how it goes up. But the price of Bitcoin … Read more