Musings.

Musings

The world, the economy, the markets, and our lives are dynamic. Events can have a large or small impact on us. They can create excitement, cause fears, raise questions, and spark insight.

Listed here are our most spontaneous, timely, and succinct comments on wealth, life, and more.





  • May 30, 2014 - State Funding Per Pupil

    Compare various states' support of education using Census Bureau data (governing.com)



  • May 29, 2014 - Trends in College Spending

    The American Institutes for Research have gathered useful data to analyze college costs.  (TCS Data)



  • May 28, 2014 - Comparing Educational Attainment.Click to enlarge

    32.9% of adults over age 25 living in the Columbus, Ohio metropolitan area (where Hawk100 is based) have attained a bachelors degree or higher.  How does your home compare? (Governing.com)



  • May 27, 2014 - For-Profit Colleges Scrutinized

    Some people save on college by first enrolling in a for-profit college then later transferring to earn degrees at traditional universities.  Take care to consider the accredidation of that initial college. (WSJ)



  • May 23, 2014 - Savvy College Saving Tips

    Thinking differently about education can save you a bundle on college costs.  (Ohio Society of CPAs)



  • May 20, 2014 - Financial Aid ABCs

    Understanding a few basics can help your search for aid to pay for college. (Ohio Society of CPAs)



  • May 19, 2014 - Tips to Afford College.

    Here are 25 tips to make college more affordable. (25 Tips)



  • May 18, 2014 - Life Advice for Graduates

    Jonathan Clements sagely reminds young adults to "design a life for yourself." (WSJ)



  • May 16, 2014 - 529 Plan Screener

    Morningstar has a simple screener to help college savers select a 529 plan.  Hawk100 has premium tools to enhance the search. (Morningstar)



  • May 15, 2014 - Ohio 529 Plan

    Ohio's 529 savings program, College Advantage, offers planning tools and resources for families perspective on college savings. (College Advantage)



  • May 14, 2014 - Technology Firms Have Cash

    Unlike when the dot.com bubble burst in 2000, technology companies have cash to burn today. (WSJ)



  • May 13, 2014 - Modi Likely to Become India's next PM

    Hindu Nationalist Narendra Modi looks to have won India's election as Prime Minister. (Reuters)



  • May 12, 2014 - Start Your FAFSA Application

    The online application deadline for Federal student aid toward the 2014/15 school year is June 15.  (FAFSA)



  • May 09, 2014 - US News College Ranking

    US News and World Report has built a cottage industry ranking colleges. Hawk100 recommends building your own ranking system to align your school choice for you.



  • May 08, 2014 - Upside (and down) of Using Insurance for College Education

    Using life insurance to fund college costs has become popular.  While often beneficial WSJ cautions excessive use of such plans. (WSJ)



  • May 07, 2014 - FAFSA Toolkit

    Hawk100 has shared an AICPA toolkit to help families get the most from FAFSA for college funding. (Educational Materials)



  • May 06, 2014 - Plan Before Borrowing for College

    AICPA offers a webcast describing what you should know about taxes, financial aid, and savings plans for college. (AICPA)



  • May 05, 2014 - FAFSA Mistakes to Avoid

    Folloiwng the approaching graduation season, many students will enroll in college.  Morningstar discusses common mistakes to avoid when applying for financial aid. (Morningstar)



  • May 03, 2014 - Estimate Student Aid

    Free online government tools help estimate student aid and the all important "Expected Family Contribution."
    StudentAid



  • May 02, 2014 - Not enthusiastic about employement

    Morningstar's Bob Johnson, CFA, recommends that investors "curb" their "enthusiasm" with today's employment report.  (Morningstar)



  • May 02, 2014 - Market Not Worked UpClick to enlarge

    The US stock market did not get excited about the jobs report showing 6.3% unemployment rate.



  • May 01, 2014 - College Planning

    As many families celebrate upcoming graduations, they are making last preparations for college.  During May, Hawk100 will focus insights on making effective college financial plans.