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Government Shutdown Solutions

Over the weekend, the partial government shutdown passed it’s 22nd day, making it the longest shutdown in history. Of the about 800,000 federal employees affected, nearly 380,000 have been furloughed (given a leave of absence) and the remainder continue to work without pay. While most people affected by the shutdown are located in the Washington D.C. area, workers going without pay can be found nationwide.

Six ways to prepare for retirement

Planning for retirement can be daunting, leaving even the most-prepared individuals feeling anxious. In an Ohio Credit Union League 2018 consumer survey, 92 percent of respondents said they had at least one major financial concern about retirement. A majority of the survey’s respondents, about 74.6 percent, don’t plan to retire from full-time employment in the… (read more)

Why healthy relationships require financial communication

Everyone knows communication is key to a happy marriage. Couples love talking about their future together and exciting vacation plans, but avoid the tough conversations like finances. In fact, 91 percent of Americans said they actively found reasons to avoid discussing money with their partners, according to an American Express Spending and Saving Tracker poll…. (read more)

The realities of paying off student loans

College graduates in Ohio are entering the workforce with high hopes, bright futures, and plenty of student loan debt. The average annual cost of tuition in Ohio was $14,804 for the 2016-2017 academic year, according to CollegeCalc. That’s $1,218 higher than the U.S. average and ranks Ohio as the 20th most-expensive state or district in… (read more)

Do you and your money care about the same things?

As the old adage goes “Actions speak louder than words.” On the topic in question, it is fair to say spending is an action that implies values. Which explains why the nature of finances can be so personal, and challenge us to ask the question, what do we value? Is it: Family? Friends? Health? Happiness?… (read more)

How much do you spend on gifts?

As soon as Thanksgiving dinner is over and we’re all nursing a food hangover, we’re encouraged to get out and get shopping. A lot of us end up shopping for ourselves of course. After all, who can resist some of these deals? They’re technically good investments, right? And, of course, some of us take the… (read more)

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