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If you’ve spent more than five minutes on a kid’s television network, you’ve seen just how inundated young kids are with commercials for everything from the latest gadget, to some dreadful snack that features something gooey and/or messy. It’s also safe to bet that many of these kids run to their parents, wanting to buy some or all of these items.
In a recent survey by JumpStart Coalition for Financial Literacy, only 26 percent of those between the ages of 13-21 said that they had been taught how to manage money. Yet, when they turn 18, kids are signing contracts for student loans, opening credit card accounts, and in many instances, living away from home with little financial guidance available.
Almost any large nonprofit organization has a planned giving department that will guide you through the maze of giving options available. While planned giving can be very beneficial – and profitable for organizations, it’s also an effective way for you to realize significant tax benefits, have income provided, and be assured that the organization or charity that you’ve supported for years will continue to be provided for in the future.
The Passing of a Friend
This past Friday a very good friend of Personal Financial Advisors, Inc. passed away suddenly. Actually he was more than a friend, but a part of our family. Hugh MacKinnon our IT guru for the past 5 years lost his battle to the health issues which were plaguing him for the last few years. In his role with our company he was our friend, but more importantly he was our family since he was engaged to our long time employee, Laura. They were engaged for the past 18 months, but were waiting for the right time to get married.
Our behaviors produce the results we see in our lives.
One of the best illustrated instances of indecision occurs in the story of Alice in Wonderland in which Alice comes to a fork in the road and must choose a path to continue her journey. She seeks the advice of grinning Cheshire cat which appears out of nowhere. “Where are you headed?” the cat asks Alice, to which she replied, “I don’t know.” “Well,” the cat smugly responds, “then it really doesn’t matter.”
Think back to those early days in life when it seemed like everything in the candy aisle was free if you begged your parents hard enough. Not a fleeting thought was given to the expenses of a vacation or the copay costs at the doctor. There’s something beautifully unburdened in the way which children experience the world: recklessly present and innocently ambivalent. Teaching your children lessons about money from a young age won’t crush that. What it will do is to set them on a path to future financial success with enduring financial concepts.
What to do when Your Adult Child Comes Looking for a Loan
It’s an unfortunate sign of the times as an increasing number of adult children, caught in the convergence of a sluggish economy, a slow job market, and tight lending, are turning to the Bank of Mom and Dad for financial help. And, as much as parents would do anything in their power to help their children in a time of need, most dread the day their child approaches them for a loan. For many, it can be a sign of failure – having raised their child without instilling the value of fiscal responsibility.