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SECURE Act Passage Heightens Retirement Security
Education

SECURE Act Passage Heightens Retirement Security

A sweeping piece of legislation affecting how individuals save and invest for their retirement, known as the “SECURE Act,” has recently been signed into law. Our investment professionals talk about the implications of the Act, and how it can enhance the retirement security of millions of Americans. And, they outline some changes in the legislation that also affect college savings plans.

Financial Wellness: Are College Costs Impacting Your Retirement?
Education

Financial Wellness: Are College Costs Impacting Your Retirement?

Recent statistics on student loan debt have found some rather alarming trends. Not only are many parents prioritizing the financing of college for their children over their own retirement, but some are still paying off their own student debt—even into their 60s. Franklin Templeton’s Mike O’Brien, Roger Michaud and Drew Carrington recently sat down to discuss the intersection of college and retirement savings goals, and how employers are actually offering some solutions to help manage both.

The Gift that Keeps on Giving
Education

The Gift that Keeps on Giving

The holiday season is approaching, and with it, the busiest time of the year for shoppers as they search for the perfect gifts for their loved ones. But instead of purchasing the latest toy or electronic gadget for your children or grandchildren, what about giving them the gift of a more secure future? Roger Michaud, senior vice president and director of sales for Franklin Templeton’s 529 College Savings Plan, discusses how crowdfunding can help finance a college education—a gift that can keep giving for a lifetime.

Crowdfunding a College Education
Education

Crowdfunding a College Education

It may sound a bit unconventional, but the crowdfunding craze may offer a solution to financing a college education. With the holiday season ...

The Student Debt Dilemma and the Role of 529 Plans
Education

The Student Debt Dilemma and the Role of 529 Plans

It’s no secret that the cost of college has been skyrocketing in recent years. In the past, student loans were a reasonable way to finance a ...

Hopes, Dreams and College Savings Solutions

Hopes, Dreams and College Savings Solutions