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Digesting the alphabet soup of college planning
May 11, 2016
What is EFC? What does FAFSA stand for? What does COA mean? When you're planning for college, you'll likely run into some unfamiliar and confusing words, terms and abbreviations.
Navigating retirement as a widower
April 29, 2016 | Chrystle Fiedler; excerpted from Thrivent magazine
Thrivent members Lee Holden and his wife, Nancy, had their golden years all mapped out. "We were always saving for retirement," says Lee, 62, a substation superintendent at an electric co-op. Between a 401(k) and his pension, the couple had created a healthy nest egg. But when Nancy died unexpectedly in May 2010, everything changed.
Baby on board: Financial needs to handle first [calculators + worksheet]
April 27, 2016
Congrats! The joy of welcoming a child into your life is indescribable. Besides the temporary lack of sleep and the hectic schedule, pretty soon you're into a routine that works for you. With this new responsibility comes new financial needs and demands – so which ones do you tackle first?
4 tips to help calm retirement spending fears
April 21, 2016 | Leslie Pepper; excerpted from Thrivent magazine
Tom Pfenning made a comfortable living as a bank executive for more than 30 years. The Thrivent member socked away part of every paycheck into his 401(k) for years. But when he retired, he still felt uneasy about money.