Give thanks for college savings

There are many things to be thankful for this time of year, including the gift of college savings

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As the father of three college graduates, I know firsthand how exciting it is when students return home from school for Thanksgiving break — and not just for the parents. For many students, Thanksgiving break is their first trip back home since the school year started, making that long-awaited family reunion especially sweet.

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A 529 plan could help take your college savings from scary to sweet

Today’s trick-or-treaters are tomorrow’s college students. Are your savings on track?

Tom RowleyTime to read: 2 min

Things have a tendency to get a little bit scary around this time of year — and I’m not just talking about the little ghosts, goblins and ghouls knocking on your door Halloween night. I’m talking about what happens to your wallet.

According to the National Retail Federation’s annual spending survey, Americans spent approximately $9 billion in 2017 (up from $8.4 billion in 2016)1 on Halloween celebrations, including candy, decorations and those cute kids’ costumes.

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Saving for college? Break these three bad habits.

It’s National College Savings Month — and there’s no better time to make sure your savings strategy is on track

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Parents — your kids may have headed back to school, but before you know it, they’ll be heading off to college. Fittingly, September is National College Savings Month, so let’s talk strategy.

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This back-to-school season, find your balance with a 529 plan

With another school year approaching, now is the perfect time for some back-to-school resolutions

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I’ve always been a huge fan of resolutions — and not just on Jan. 1. When our children were growing up, my wife and I used the beginning of each new school year to make some resolutions of our own. We’d swear not to lose the permission slips for field trips, we promised that we would check homework every night and we committed to adding uplifting notes to our kids’ lunchboxes every morning. Here are three additional back-to-school resolutions that helped my family during those busy school years:

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Three ways a 529 plan could help your star student earn their stripes in college

A 529 plan can be a powerful tool in your college savings strategy

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Every year, Americans celebrate Independence Day with a host of time-honored traditions. From parades and pool parties to barbecues and fireworks, the American flag is a constant fixture throughout the day, its stars and stripes waving proudly against the summer sky. This July 4, I’m reminded of another special tradition: flying the college flag.

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