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How do your money habits

Your 20s can be a time of striving for better things. A better job. A bigger paycheck. A savings account.

Even if you’re making some progress, it can be difficult to know where you stand or how you compare to your peers.

A new study by Navient, a student loan servicer, and Ipsos, a market research company, may offer some insight. The companies surveyed more than 3,000 people ages 22 to 35 about different aspects of their financial health.

Remember, everyone’s path to financial stability is unique. But the findings may give you a sense of where you stand on certain goals, compared to other people your age. Here are some of the report’s top take-aways:

— More than 40 percent of people above age 30 are done paying student loans.

Sixty percent of the millennials surveyed said they borrowed to pay for college. But the report found there is a light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to student loan debt. Not surprisingly, the chances of paying off those loans increased with age. Forty-four percent of people over 30 who borrowed for college are now debt free, compared to 29 percent of 22- to 30-year-olds who have cleared their student debt.

For those still making payments, their burdens varied significantly. The average debt load in that group is $22,817, but the majority of those with debt, 51 percent, said they owed $10,000 or less. An additional 21 percent owed more than $30,000.

— Ninety-three percent of young adults are saving for a goal.

The majority of young adults between the ages of 22 and 35 — 93 percent — said they are saving. But most of them haven’t saved very much. About half of consumers had set aside less than $1,000 total for all of their savings goals. That includes 6 percent have not saved anything at all, even though they said they had a savings goal in mind.

Most people are saving for near-term goals, such as a vacation or to build an emergency fund. Only one in three workers under 35 are saving for retirement. And those workers with a bachelor’s degree were much more likely in general to be saving for retirement than people with an associate’s or those who did not have a degree.

The numbers also support, at least in part, a concern that many financial advisers have been bringing up for years: That people with student loan debt may have a harder time saving for retirement. Workers who had a degree but did not borrow were much more likely to have saved at least $50,000 for retirement than those who did borrow for their degrees.

— Forty-two percent like their jobs.

In total, 75 percent of the young people surveyed had jobs, including 62 percent of people with full-time jobs. That’s up from last year, when 69 percent of people had jobs, including 57 of people working full-time. The shift means that fewer people are unemployed, studying or staying at home to take care of children.

The more education you have, the greater your chances of working full-time. For instance, 89 percent of people with advanced degrees were working full-time, compared to 83 percent of people with a bachelor’s degree, 61 percent of people with an associate degree and 49 percent of people who had some college but no degree.

The likelihood of having a full-time job also increased generally with age, but tapered off for people ages 34 and 35. And some young people are having a better time finding jobs they like. Forty-two percent of respondents said they were very satisfied with their jobs, up from 37 percent last year.

First Community Financial

First Community Financial Partners reported third quarter 2016 income rose primarily from gains resulting from the acquisition of Mazon State Bank.

The parent company of First Community Financial Bank said net income for the quarter was $4.1 million, or 24 cents per diluted share, compared with $2.9 million, or 17 cents per share, for the same period in 2015. The company said income as positively affected by a $1.9 million bargain purchase option gain related to the acquisition of Mazon State Bank, partially offset by $643,000 of one-time merger-related expenses.

The company acquired Mazon State Bank on July 1.

“We’re very pleased with our performance in the third quarter, which was highlighted by the successful completion of the Mazon State Bank acquisition and continued momentum in organic balance sheet growth,” said Roy Thygesen, Chief Executive Officer of First Community. “The integration of Mazon has gone very smoothly as we are seeing strong adoption of our expanded offering of products and services by Mazon’s customers, and we are realizing the synergies we projected for this acquisition.”

Thygesen assed the quarter was strong for business development, resulting in organic loan growth of 24 percent and organic growth in demand deposits of 43 percent on an annualized basis.

“We are seeing particular strength in commercial loan production due to the expansion of our commercial banking team and our success in capitalizing on market disruption in the Chicagoland area,” he said. “We continue to have a strong loan and deposit pipeline that should continue to drive quality balance sheet growth and steady improvement in our core earnings power.”

Unibank becomes official Diners Club

BDO Unibank Inc. is now the exclusive issuer of Diners Club cards in the Philippines, as well as acquiring partner for Diners Club International Ltd., a business unit of Discover Financial Services and a part of the Discover Global Network.

BDO opens up new opportunities in the Philippines for Diners Club and Discover cardholders through a large base of merchant acceptance locations and access to over 1,000 operating branches. As a franchise, BDO will enable Diners Club to extend its global merchant footprint and issuing while solidifying its position as a premier card option for consumers in the Philippines by providing them access to merchants all over the world wherever Diners Club is accepted.

“By working with BDO, we’re aiming to make our cardholder experience even more seamless by continually focusing on an increase in global acceptance all while continuing to offer unique benefits to our partners like access to more than 700 Diners Club airport lounges globally,” said Diane Offereins, president of payment services for Discover.

Discover Global Network is the third largest payments network in the world 1 with over 37 million merchant acceptance locations and 1.9 million ATM and cash access locations across 185 countries and territories. Discover Global Network includes Discover, Diners Club International, PULSE and affiliated networks.

“Our new partnership with Diners Club will allow us to boost our lineup of credit card offerings and augment our cardholder perks and privileges with more travel programs, exclusive merchant offers and specialized lifestyle initiatives,” said Rolando C. Tanchanco, BDO executive vice president and consumer lending group head.