Commonwealth Independent Advisor

Saving for Retirement or a College Education: What’s More Important?

Posted by David Haughton, JD

April 29, 2020 at 11:00 AM

It’s a difficult choice: should parents focus on saving for retirement or a college education for their children? For many families, meeting one of these goals is a challenge, and juggling both can seem impossible. How, then, can you help your clients make the right decision or balance their priorities? The right choice, for many clients, will be clear. For the reasons I discuss below, most parents should make saving for retirement their priority. Let’s explore the financial planning issues at stake.

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Topics: Retirement Income Planning, Education Planning

Are Your Clients Eligible for Student Loan Forgiveness?

Posted by Martin Baker, CFP

May 8, 2019 at 1:30 PM

As the next-gen investor population continues to grow, financial advisors are looking for new and valuable ways to position their firm as a trusted resource. If you work with this younger client demographic, the topic of how to manage student loan debt probably comes up quite often. From refinancing to smart budgeting, there are a variety of strategies clients can use to take control of their loan payments. But in addition, those clients who work in a public service role may be eligible for student loan forgiveness, specifically through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program.

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Topics: Education Planning

The College Planning Value-Add: Mastering Financial Aid Eligibility

Posted by Justin C. Duft, JD, CFP, CLU, ChFC, CLTC

January 29, 2019 at 10:00 AM

If you work with clients who are parents—whether their kids are young or entering high school—you will inevitably find yourself having conversations about funding college education. Many families are dependent on financial aid programs to make higher education attainable. So, how can you help? By becoming a resource for your clients during the first step they will need to take to determine their financial aid eligibility: the free application for federal student aid (FAFSA).

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Topics: Education Planning

How the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Has Changed the 529 Plan

Posted by Patrick Noonan, CFP

March 27, 2018 at 10:00 AM

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has changed the 529 plan—helping to make these accounts more attractive when it comes to qualified expenses. The act also provides some much-needed rollover flexibility to 529 ABLE accounts. Here, I will discuss some of these changes and why you may want to reposition 529s as education rather than college savings accounts.

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Topics: Education Planning

How to Talk to Your Clients About Student Loan Debt

Posted by Olivia Zaiya, JD, CFP

September 13, 2017 at 1:30 PM

About 70 percent of students take out loans to fund their college education. The average class of 2016 graduate has $37,172 in student loan debt—that’s up 6 percent from last year. For millennial clients and cosigners alike, student loan debt is at the forefront of their minds. Luckily, there are planning solutions to help reduce the student loan debt for your clients.

Let’s take a look at the basics to help you talk to your clients about student loan debt.

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Topics: Education Planning

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