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SoFi said to report loss of $200 million in second quarter

August 6, 2018

Writedowns of underperforming loans drove Social Finance Inc. to a second-quarter adjusted loss of about $200 million, according to people familiar with the matter. The student-loan refinancer, which has been trying to transform itself into...

IRS provides guidance on 529 plans

July 30, 2018

The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department provided guidance on regulations to be issued affecting three areas of 529 plans, after legislation liberalized some tax consequences related to the educational savings plans. Two portions...

Student loan rates contribute to increased college burden

July 24, 2018

Rising student loan interest rates will make college degrees even more expensive for Americans who begin taking out new loans starting this month. As of July 1, undergraduate federal Stafford student loan interest rates increased for the second...

How advisers can ride the 'wave of opportunity' of aging clients

July 23, 2018

People are living longer than ever, but how can they live better? That's the question Joseph Coughlin is trying to answer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's AgeLab, which Mr. Coughlin founded and directs. In his book "The Longevity Economy:...

Variety of tax benefits help offset the cost of college

July 17, 2018

Recent high school graduates may still be basking in the glow of their achievement, but their parents have likely moved on to thoughts of their child's next phase of education. And while they will be excited for their children to take their...

Companies start paying employee student loan debt

July 9, 2018

Employers are trying to help employees alleviate the burdens of outstanding student loans by offering to pay off some of the debt — which totals more than $1.4 trillion in the U.S. alone, according to the Federal Reserve. It's a relatively...

New ways to pay for college

June 23, 2018

Everything was going according to plan, at first. Rosemary was investing in a diversified portfolio and saving for retirement. Over several years her adviser helped her negotiate pay raises, buy a home and pay for her dream wedding. In just...

Why clients might benefit by sending their children overseas for college

September 9, 2017

After creating a spreadsheet to compare how much it would cost to send their oldest child to college at each of the five schools she was considering, Kim and Chris Andersen were shocked to find that the school 3,600 miles away was the cheapest....

10 popular foreign universities for U.S. students

September 8, 2017

These are among the most popular international schools for American students. The prices reflect how much U.S. residents could expect to pay in annual tuition for most undergraduate degree programs, according to each school’s estimate published...

Help your clients avoid disastrous mistakes when filling in college funding gaps

August 11, 2017

For parents sending their kids to college this year, the numbers are staggering: The average out-of-state tuition for a four-year public institution is nearly $25,000, according to the College Board. After factoring in other expenses, including...

Student loans are getting more expensive

May 11, 2017

The U.S. government is raising prices for new student debt, adding hundreds of dollars to the cost of the typical federal college loan. Beginning in July, interest rates on new government loans are set to rise by 0.69 percentage point, according...

Finra is asking broker-dealers, 'What's in your clients' 529 savings plans?'

March 16, 2017

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc.'s targeted reviews of 529 college savings plans date back to the mid-2000's, when the regulator began a fact-finding sweep which resulted in a number of large fines for broker-dealers. With continued...

College planning programs in need of financial aid

February 26, 2017

Hit hard by an 18% drop in state funding over the past six years, Kansas State University can't even afford to teach its 65 financial planning students how to use such popular planning programs as MoneyGuidePro or Morningstar Advisor. "We're...

House bill seeks improvements to 529 college savings plans

January 17, 2017

A bipartisan bill has been introduced in the House to make it easier to save money in 529 college savings plans and accounts aimed at helping families with special needs children. HR 529, sponsored by Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kan., and Rep. Ron...

Legislation could improve saving and investment opportunities for disabled Americans and their families

November 23, 2016

When we say that the Financial Services Institute is working to make sure all Americans have access to professional, objective financial advice, we mean all Americans. This commitment is the driving force behind our staunch support for three...

More than half of the student-loan borrowers regret going into debt: Finra study

November 16, 2016

Call it the big regret. A recent study commissioned by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. found that more than half of college-bound students failed to calculate their potential student loan costs before taking out loans and, of...

Is your 529 plan one of the six that Morningstar just downgraded?

October 25, 2016

Six college savings plans moved down on Morningstar's annual rankings this year, including West Virginia's adviser-sold plan, which slipped to a negative rating, according to Morningstar's latest report issued on Tuesday. That savings plan has...

College financial aid process begins Saturday

September 26, 2016

Financial advisers should remind clients with children attending college or planning to start next fall that federal financial aid forms will be available starting Saturday, three months earlier than past years. In addition to the date change,...

2016 section 529 college savings plans

September 11, 2016

Ranked by assets State Program Manager Assets ($M) VA CollegeAmerica American Funds $51,950.0 NY New York's 529 Program (Direct) Ascensus $19,046.8 NV The Vanguard 529 College Savings Plan Ascensus $13,202.3 NH UNIQUE College Investing Plan...

Tips for last-minute college funding strategies

September 11, 2016

Advising parents who started saving for college a little too late can be heartbreaking. Larry Rosenthal has recommended to clients more than once that they pull the plug on sending their child to the Ivy League school the student worked like...

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