5 families, 5 financial fixes

All survived the stock market's trial by fire, yet fears of getting burned again linger. By taking a few smart steps, they can reach their goals with ease.

1 of 5
BACKNEXT
Dreaming of debt-free college
Dreaming of debt-free college
Takiia Anderson and her daughter, Taje.
Student debt has overshadowed much of Takiia Anderson's career.

After graduating from law school in 1999, she spent a decade paying off the $106,000 she'd borrowed, all while moving along the East Coast for her jobs with the U.S. Department of Labor and raising her daughter, Taje, now 13.

Now that she's free from onerous debt payments, her top priority is to set aside enough money for Taje's college education.

But Anderson also wants to make sure she's on track to retire once she qualifies for a full pension at age 58.

What should she do to make it happen?


NEXT: Different risk tolerance
Last updated January 02 2011: 8:47 PM ET
Jack Bogle on investing Vanguard founder Jack Bogle says he's never seen a 'more difficult time' for investing. More
Top stock picks from top prosThey racked up some of the best fund returns of the lost decade by buying quality. Here's where they see opportunity now. More
How to invest in 2011 Money Magazine's experts recommend a diversified portfolio in volatile markets More
  • Find Homes for sale
    Real estate and homes for sale on Trulia

  • Property Type
  • Find a home in:
  • New York | Atlanta | Chicago | Los Angeles
  • Washington D.C | Houston | Philadelphia | More options
Special Offer
Market indexes are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer Morningstar: © 2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer The Dow Jones IndexesSM are proprietary to and distributed by Dow Jones & Company, Inc. and have been licensed for use. All content of the Dow Jones IndexesSM © 2014 is proprietary to Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Chicago Mercantile Association. The market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved. FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2014. All rights reserved. Most stock quote data provided by BATS.