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With age comes responsibility, so if you're a young adult in your 20s or 30s, chances are you've been introduced to the realities of adulthood. While you're excited by all the opportunities life has to offer, you're also aware of your emerging financial responsibility. In the financial realm, the millennial generation (young adults born between 1981 and 1997) faces a unique set of challenges, including a competitive job market and significant student loan debt that can make it difficult to obtain financial stability.
Do you worry about changes in the economy? Have you recently been fired or a victim of downsizing? Whatever your situation, you may be wondering if you're eligible for unemployment benefits. For a basic understanding of how unemployment benefits work, read on!
Am I eligible?
Although specific eligibility requirements vary from state to state, most states have the same basic standards for collecting unemployment benefits. They include:
Taxpayers have until their tax return due date (not including extensions) to contribute up to $5,500 to an IRA for 2018 ($6,500 if they were age 50 or older on December 31, 2018). For most taxpayers, the contribution deadline for 2018 is April 15, 2019 (April 17 for taxpayers in Maine and Massachusetts).
Make your contribution today!
What is debt consolidation?
Debt consolidation is when you roll all of your smaller individual loans into one large loan, usually with a longer term and a lower interest rate. This allows you to write one check for a loan payment instead of many, while lowering your total monthly payments.
ABCs of Financial Aid
These days, it's hard to talk about college without mentioning financial aid. Yet this pairing isn't a marriage of love, but one of necessity. In many cases, financial aid may be the deciding factor in whether your child attends the college of his or her choice, or even attends college at all.
The main federal education loans are the Direct Subsidized Stafford Loan, the Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, the Direct PLUS Loan, and the Perkins Loan. Federal education loans generally offer more generous repayment options than private student loans.
Direct Stafford Loans
Financial planning is about more than just managing money. It’s about setting goals for your future and taking steps to achieve those goals. A trusted advisor can help set you on the right path and ensure you stay the course.