There is an old saying that can be painfully true, “You are only as happy as your unhappiest child.” One of the most common laments I hear from parents of adult children is that, for whatever reasons, their offspring seem to (repeatedly) need financial assistance … not because of illness of hardship, but simply through poor decision-making. It’s hard to talk-turkey with your adult children, and they seldom listen anyway. But, maybe they will listen to advice from a third-party, especially if that advice is delivered in a manner with which they are most comfortable – fresh, fun and online. American Express has launched Currency (www.getcurrency.com) to provide just that type of advice. They offer online “courses,” and even a new iPhone app, Social Currency for social networking. A recent hot topic: Currency 101: What is “Spending”? Some of other course topics include Buying Your First Home, Get a Handle on Your Taxes, and Managing Student Loans.
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