April 2012

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Young Adults Face Unique Money Issues

Many young adults right out of college are planning career moves or marriage – while grappling with complex financial issues.

Student loans weigh them down. And despite the improving job market, it’s still tough to find a job. Wages and salaries for those who are employed are stagnant in many industries. Thanks to the proliferating opportunities for e-shopping, young adults also face more temptations to buy than any previous generation.

“I feel like I’m definitely in the lion’s den,” said Eric Bell, who, at 28, is trying to get his financial education website for 20-somethings, YoBucko, off the ground. A former private banker, he is also looking for a job in his field, paying off student loans, and cheering on his girlfriend in her attempt to buy her first home.

Below are a few previous Squared Away posts written with young adults in mind. A link is provided at the end of each article’s title, or you can join the conversation on Facebook.

  • Young Adults Adrift in E-Spending Ocean
    PayPal, Groupon, smartphone apps that pay for store purchases, online retailers galore – technology has made shopping a breeze. Young adults unfamiliar with the old-fashioned cash economy may not realize how damaging electronic commerce can be to their budgets. …

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