Financial Perspectives

with Michael Dubis, CFP

10/15/14

Build a plan for making the most of college

College and tech schools just started a new semester. Seniors in high school, often with the help of their parents, are getting close to finalizing their post-high school plans. Many will look to college or tech school. Some college students are starting to think about grad school. Whatever the next step, this is a critical time for students to make clear plans about their future.

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08/27/14

Can cash really be an ‘investment’?

Cash or cash equivalents like money markets or savings accounts are occasionally considered money “not doing anything” for you. And I don’t blame folks for thinking this way, given that yields on cash are essentially 0% to maybe 0.75% (judging by a cursory review of FDIC options via various online banks).

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07/07/14

Young adults: Avoid these 6 financial mistakes

Most of my clients have children; some are young, working adult children. Some of my clients are young adults as well. Occasionally, clients ask me for tips they can offer their adult kids. I angle my suggestions toward preventing mistakes, because for people of any age, especially young folks, mistakes made today have an exponentially large impact on their lives 10, 20, or 30 years from now.

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05/13/14

16 job-hunting tips for the graduate (or anyone, for that matter)

One of the goals I’ve brought to the courses I’ve taught at the University of Wisconsin Business School’s Graaskamp Center for Real Estate has been helping my students find good jobs. I personally think many students have it all wrong when they try to find work.

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04/15/14

What you need to know about high-frequency trading

High-frequency trading (HFT) is a stock, bond, or other security algorithmic trading model that uses very fast (the fastest) technology to trade in and out of investments. So fast that an HFT model can go in and out of the same security in less than a second. So fast that some HFT firms actually have fiber optic cable connected directly to various market exchanges! I don’t think TDS or Charter offers that yet.

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