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|On the Scene|
|Tuesday, April 13, 2010|
BY KEVIN MANAHAN
When you think of what’s on the minds of most high school students these days, managing finances is probably not as high up on the list as the new car they’re dreaming of or the dress they’re buying for prom. But maybe it ought to be, since only 59% of young adults pay their bills on time, while most parents aren’t teaching their kids about saving and investing for retirement.
But there are plenty of traps young people can fall into. McKernan said new college students get inundated with credit card offers and can quickly fall into debt, although he said legislation is now helping keep the flood of offers under control. “Some of that is going to go away,” McKernan said. “But we would see kids leaving college with a huge amount of credit card debt that is just unbelievably hard to get out of.” In addition, he adds, many young people need to be more educated about the impact of credit in general. “I don’t think a lot of kids realize that their credit history can affect a whole lot more than just their loan rates,” he said.
Kevin Manahan is the online editor for Oregon Business.
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