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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 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.

Are Lower-Income Students Really to Blame for the Student Loan Problem?

Students

Are Lower-Income Students Really to Blame for the Student Loan Problem?

Are Lower-Income Students Really to Blame for the Student Loan Problem?

In a continuing effort to disprove what it calls “the so-called student-loan crisis in the U.S.,” the Brookings Institution recently published a paper in which the authors conclude that the heightened level of student-loan defaults is largely attributable to the actions of non-traditional borrowers: students attending for-profit schools, and the nation’s community colleges. That for-profit-school... Read More

What’s Missing From Hillary Clinton’s Student Loan Plan

Students

What’s Missing From Hillary Clinton’s Student Loan Plan

What’s Missing From Hillary Clinton’s Student Loan Plan

Little by little, the mass of humanity that’s running for President of the United States is coming to realize something very important: Not only does the $1.2 trillion worth of higher education-related debt pose significant macroeconomic peril to the country, but solving this problem (or, at least, coming close) has the potential to rally widespread,... Read More

What Goes Unsaid When We Talk About Student Loans

Students

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

Personal Finance

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

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