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U.S. college costs are rising but so are the numbers of students attending colleges and universities. Research shows that there are long-term benefits of obtaining a higher education for the student and society at large including: expanded job opportunities, increased public engagement, a diverse array of cultural enrichment experiences and scientific advances, prolonged national prosperity and sustained personal financial security. With those factors in mind, it’s never too early – or too late – to start building a solid foundation for your child’s college years.

Harris Financial’s own Cristin Rigg recently published an article in the Torrance Memorial Patrons Magazine. Taking Inventory At Each Stage Of Life gives direction for maintaining our goals for financial and physical health at each phase of life.

We hope you will enjoy reading this blog at https://www.torrancememorial.org/News_Center/2018/September/Taking_Inventory_at_Each_Stage_of_Life.aspx.

You can also find the article in the next Patrons Magazine releasing on September 26, 2018.

Concern about passing on a legacy is universal, and a trust fund can be a useful tool in helping you transfer your wealth in the manner and spirit you desire. Many parents worry about leaving too much or too little for loved ones, and they're not alone. There are countless stories of fortunes made by one generation being wiped out by the next for one reason or another. However, you can avoid common pitfalls with the right resources and planning. Here are some things to keep in mind as you consider creating a trust and helping your children become financially savvy.

Baby Boomers, Gen Xers, and Millennials all have one thing in common – we love to talk about the joys and trials of our own generations. The social proof is all over the media. However, there’s a whole generation of people that deserve equal time in the spotlight, and they have commonalities that span gender, race, socioeconomic status and sometimes age. We’re talking about the Sandwich Generation.

After a negative first quarter highlighted by an early year correction, U.S. stocks pushed into positive territory as foreign policy and international trade initiatives garnered momentum.  In April, a coalition of U.S., British and French forces launched airstrikes against Bashar al-Assad in response to the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian civil war.  In May, the U.S. exited the 2015 Iran nuclear accord and reinstated economic sanctions on Iran. 

After going through a major life event like divorce, it may be challenging to get your bearings at first, especially in the money department. However, with proper planning and execution, you can start a new financial life and discover what works for you post-divorce. Here are some tips to help you take control of your finances and financial outlook.

You’ve graduated. Now what? The idea of life after college can be daunting, but also exciting! So many possibilities await you. It’s time to take everything you learned and put it to work (literally) and find a place where you can thrive and gain real-world knowledge while bringing home a steady paycheck. Once you have an income stream going, understanding how to manage the ebb and flow of it will be your next big task. The good news is that the rules for managing money are straightforward. Let’s learn to crush your money game.

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