Raul Elizalde Selected as Contributor for Forbes.com Investment Blog

Raul cropped for facebookRaul Elizalde, President and Chief Investment Officer at Sarasota-based Path Financial LLC, has been selected as a guest columnist for Forbes.com, where he will regularly contribute to financial writer Lawrence Light’s investment advice blog. Elizalde’s first Forbes’ contribution was published May 23, 2017, on the topic of “Private Debt Mounts: Why We Should Be Worried,” and may be viewed at https://www.forbes.com/sites/lawrencelight/2017/05/23/private-debt-mounts-why-we-should-be-worried/#11f50b453c56.

Elizalde is also a contributing blogger under his own byline for Investopedia.com, and his economic and investment analyses have been published online by some of the most respected financial media in the country, including Morningstar, Motley Fool, the Street and Yahoo! Finance. He shares his insights monthly through Path Financial’s subscriber-based, electronic newsletter, Straight Talk (http://www.pathfinancial.net/contact.html).

Light is an award-winning journalist with a distinguished career that includes editorial and contributing writer positions with The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Business Week, Money Magazine, and AdviceIQ.com website. His work has also appeared in Barrons, Fortune, Investopedia, Huffington Post, Yahoo Finance and more. In addition to his Forbes.com blog he covers the financial aspects of the Trump White House for CBS MoneyWatch.

Path Financial is a Florida-registered investment firm, partnered with preferred account custodians Charles Schwab & Company and TD Ameritrade. Path is rated “A+” by the Better Business Bureau, and is located at 1990 Main St., in Sarasota, Florida. For more information, call 941.350.7904 or connect at http://www.Facebook.com/PathFinancial.

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Top 7 Benefits of 529 College Savings

By: Oxana Saunders

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Last week my son’s school, Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School in the Sarasota-Bradenton area, held its own graduating ceremony at Harvest United Methodist Church in Lakewood Ranch. Young graduates walked across the stage, turning their tassels to the right and posing for photos. Dr. Janet Pullen, Head of Saint Stephen’s, gave a wonderful speech along with featured graduation speaker and Saint Stephen’s alumnus Michael Schick.

Click here to read the Bradenton Herald's coverage and watch video.  Photography courtesy of Bradenton.com reporter Sara Nealeigh.

Click here to read the Bradenton Herald’s coverage and watch video. Photography courtesy of Bradenton.com reporter Sara Nealeigh.

saintstephens gradThe church was filled with joy, pride and a sense of accomplishment. Feeling tremendously happy for all the 78 young men and women graduating that day, I could not help but think that in about eight years my son will be one of those young people and I will be one of those parents. While this was a happy and exciting thought, it brought me back to the realities of what happens next.

The aspiration of many parents, including myself, is to send their children to college after they graduate from high school. With that comes a strenuous college selection and touring process, and even more difficult financial decisions on how to pay for it. College funding can be quite complicated and involves multiple areas of personal finance such as investments, assets, taxes, loans and financial aid. It can all be quite overwhelming.

One of the easiest and simple steps we can take today to make a big difference in our child’s college funding is to open a 529 college savings account. The article below, from SavingforCollege.com describes the top seven benefits of 529 accounts.

Click here to learn about the top 7 benefits of 529 plans.

Click here to learn about the top 7 benefits of 529 plans.


Oxana Saunders Vice President Path FinancialOxana Saunders is the Vice President of Path Financial, LLC. She may be reached at 941.894.2571 or oxana@pathfinancial.net.

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