CTC Podcast Ep. 4: finances during and after college

A person’s college and post-college years can be financially difficult and frustrating. It’s likely the first time they are responsible for rent, groceries, utility bills, perhaps even car payments and likely student debt — all while trying to finish school or find a full-time job to support themselves. So how do people do it? In our latest podcast, CTC employees AJ…

Real Estate Scam

In a recent article in Sunday’s real estate section of the Chicago Tribune, columnist Kenneth R. Harney called attention to a scam hitting the real estate world. The new scam involves predators hacking into the real estate agent’s email, then following the email exchange, waiting for just the right moment to hijack the conversation. The hacker, making his…

CTC Tips: fund your IRA at the beginning of the year

Waiting until the end of the year to contribute to your IRA limits your potential for growth. A Money.com article reported that 70% of IRA contributions in 2013 were made near the contribution deadline. Waiting until then can cost an investor over $15,000 over 30 years: “assuming an investor contributes the maximum $5,500 annually for 30 years…

Is your tax refund too big?

  According to the IRS, the average tax refund received in 2015 was just about $2,800. Receiving such a large check from the government can be exciting but adjusting their withholding and receiving a smaller refund might actually be more beneficial for taxpayers. A tax refund is the return of taxes paid beyond what was owed…