Christopher Seiz

National Financial Literacy Month – Building Your Toolkit!

We know it’s a touchy subject, but let’s talk about money! Want to know your financial literacy score? Take our short, 10-question quiz where you’ll be able to see how financially literate you are. Do you have what it takes to get a perfect score? Click the image below to take the quiz and feel…

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Back To School – 3 Little Lessons About Money

With the kids headed back to school, let’s talk about some of the important skills they’ll need your help with to master. It’s important to already know the key points you want to relay before taking on the teachable lessons. At each age, different lessons are the important ones; we all know a four-year-old isn’t…

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National Financial Literacy Month Just Got More Exciting

Everyone knows there are certain things you just don’t discuss in polite company, right? It seems this month we need to recognize the taboo that no one even seems to want to talk about; money. In 2003, the National Endowment for Financial Education introduced Youth Financial Literacy Day, and in 2004, the U.S. Senate passed…

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Student Debt – A Growing National Crisis

Over 70 percent of Bachelor’s degree recipients need to borrow money to attend college – having racked up $1.3 trillion in student loan debt nationally. With the average debt being over $29,000 at graduation time, student debt is putting a major strain on the economy. NY Fed economist Rajashri Chakrabarti outlined the possible effect of…

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Money$peak Expands, Maintains Focus on Retention, Real-Life Skills

Money$peak is expanding its reach. The Mercadien Foundation, in partnership with Rider University’s Graduate School of Business, concluded its second year of the Money$peak program in June 2016 with great success and huge acclaim, working with six central New Jersey school districts and advancing personal financial literacy for more than 250 students. Money$peak now continues…

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Tax Scams On The Rise – Identity Theft A Major Threat To Americans

Most Americans filed their 2015 tax returns by the extended April 18th deadline this year and will do their best to forget about taxes until they’re due again in 2017. However, increasing numbers of Americans don’t have the luxury of forgetting about taxes until next year because they’ve been victims of identity theft. Since the early 2000s,…

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April is Financial Literacy Month: Learn 4 Important Steps for Getting Ahead!

Financial literacy, defined as the ability to use knowledge and skills to manage financial resources effectively for a lifetime of well-being, is a long-standing issue that was publicly recognized in 1995 by the Jump$tart Coalition for Financial Education. Many solutions have been proposed throughout the last two decades to improve the health and well-being of…

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What is Love?

After surviving Valentine’s Day now is a great time to talk about love and money especially if you spent more than you should have on February 14th.  In 2015, Valentine’s Day spending reached $19 billion, a new record for the United States, with the average person celebrating the occasion spending more than $150. I wonder…

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Entering The Real World

The school year has kicked off and, with it, the Money$peak program is entering high schools in the region. The Mercadien Foundation surveyed The Mercadien Group’s young professionals to learn more about the shift from school life to the real world, as translated by those polled. We asked, “What do you wish you knew about personal…

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Money$peak Expands, Maintains Focus on Retention and Real-Life Skills

Money$peak is expanding its reach. After a highly successful inaugural year, The Mercadien Foundation, in partnership with Rider University’s Graduate School of Business, now continues its highly acclaimed Money$peak program, expanding into Mercer’s bordering counties and opening to additional learning institutions like after-school programs and private or parochial schools. What’s the most important set of…

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