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Plan Well, Retire Well

Saving and investing your money

Retirement: A Personal Decision

As many of you know, I have been writing and teaching about retirement planning for years. It's familiar territory for me. But it was a very different animal when I recently wrestled with my personal decision about whether now was the time for me to retire from the University. I'm going to spoil the suspense and tell you the ending up front: I am retiring from University of Illinois Ext...

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Tax Tips in the Summer

Don't do well under pressure? Find it hard to think about saving money for retirement after the holiday season? Well, then now is the time to plan for taxes! While it may seem like an odd season to plan for taxes, the summer can be timely. Here are some financial strategies that may help you when you sit down to pay taxes in April 2013 IF you do them now. Tax Folder for...

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What to Expect When You Check Your Credit History by Phone

Last month, I obtained my credit report from two of the three nationwide credit reporting agencies online and wrote about that experience in my May 18 post . Today, I requested the third one by phone so that I could compare that with the onlin...

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Sierra Leone 2012

Lessons Learned from a Savings and Lending Group in Southern Sierra Leone

In January 2012, as part of my ACES in Sierra Leone Study Abroad course, our University of Illinois students worked with World Vision of Sierra Leone to assess their project to develop inland valley rice swamps and farmer groups since the war ended. Sierra Leone suffered a horrific 11 year-long civil war through the 1990s but since 2002 the country has been working to rebuild, heal, and get the...

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College Debt in the News -- What's Your View?

College seniors who graduated in 2010 carried an average of $25,250 in student loan debt, according to The Project on Student Debt . CNN Money...

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