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Mitchell D. Weiss

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Mitchell D. Weiss is an experienced financial services industry executive and entrepreneur. He is an Executive in Residence at the University of Hartford, a member of its business school’s board and co-founder of the university’s Center for Personal Financial Responsibility. His books include Life Happens: A Practical Course on Personal Finance from College to Career
and Business Happens: A Practical Guide to Entrepreneurial Finance for Small Businesses and Professional Practices—both of which are now undergraduate courses that Mitch teaches at the university and elsewhere.

What Goes Unsaid When We Talk About Student Loans

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What Goes Unsaid When We Talk About Student Loans

What Goes Unsaid When We Talk About Student Loans

Education Secretary Arne Duncan took a couple of field trips to Maryland last week. During his first outing, to the University of Maryland–Baltimore County campus, he delivered a speech outlining the Department of Education’s plan for remediating what has become higher education’s damaged value proposition. On his second visit, to the Maryland Correctional Institution in… Read More

A Guide to Budgeting for Baby Boomers

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A Guide to Budgeting for Baby Boomers

A Guide to Budgeting for Baby Boomers

In retirement, taking it easy is becoming a lot harder to do. Take, for example, the most disconcerting finding of Allianz Life Insurance Company’s recently published Generations Apart Study. Nearly half of the 2,000 baby boomers (ages 49 to 67) and Generation Xers (ages 35 to 48) who were surveyed now regard credit cards as… Read More

The Student Loan Questions Politicians Still Need to Answer

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The Student Loan Questions Politicians Still Need to Answer

The Student Loan Questions Politicians Still Need to Answer

Lots of ideas about higher-education affordability are being scattered around the campaign trail. For the most part, what we’ve heard so far isn’t all that new. Take for example Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-Fla.) and former Governor Martin O’Malley’s calls for universal income-based repayment plans, Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) advocacy for tax-deductible college tuition, Sen. Bernie Sanders’… Read More

Lower-Cost Student Loans? Not Really.

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Lower-Cost Student Loans? Not Really.

Lower-Cost Student Loans? Not Really.

Auctions of U.S. Treasury notes and bonds don’t usually attract a lot of attention unless we are in the midst of tumultuous times or when the lending rates for a pretty important loan program are indexed to one of these. At nearly $1 trillion and counting, the Federal Direct Student Loan program deserves all the… Read More

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