CONNECTICUT — More than six months into the new coronavirus pandemic, colleges are struggling to resume in-person classes and, in some cases, reverting back to online courses only days into the new semester.

Such challenges raise a question: Is a college degree today worth the actual cost?

Enter Money magazine. The publication this week released its annual ranking of the best colleges for the money. The list, which includes 13 schools in Connecticut, is meant to assuage the financial anxiety associated with the high price of college in the United States.

The 2020 list includes more than 700 colleges and universities. Colleges included in Money’s rankings had to meet certain criteria, such as having a graduation rate at or above the median and having at least 500 students. Colleges were then ranked based on 26 factors in three categories: quality of education, affordability and outcomes.

Each category is weighted equally in calculating the rankings.

See the full methodology used by Money.

The following colleges in Connecticut were included on this year’s list:

  • Yale University, New Haven

  • University of Connecticut, Storrs

  • Trinity College, Hartford

  • Wesleyan University, Middletown

  • University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford

  • Albertus Magnus College, New Haven

  • Connecticut College, New London

  • Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic

  • Fairfield University, Fairfield

  • Quinnipiac University, Hamden

  • Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven

  • Sacred Heart University, Fairfield

  • University of New Haven, West Haven

According to Money, the top 10 colleges for your money are:

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts

  2. Stanford University, Stanford, California.

  3. Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey

  4. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

  5. Duke University, Durham, North Carolina

  6. University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia

  7. Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

  8. Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee

  9. University of California-San Diego

  10. University of California-Davis

See the full rankings and read more about Money’s list.

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Sergiño Dest, right, a member of the U.S. national team, was acquired by Barcelona from Dutch club Ajax. <span class="copyright">(Sam Greenwood / Getty Images)</span>
Sergiño Dest, right, a member of the U.S. national team, was acquired by Barcelona from Dutch club Ajax. (Sam Greenwood / Getty Images)

On Thursday, Barcelona acquired U.S. national team defender Sergiño Dest from Dutch club Ajax, a transfer that could cost the Spanish giant more than $30 million in transfer fees. On Sunday the team could get its first look at its newest player when it hosts Sevilla (BeIN Sports, noon PDT), highlighting the televised soccer action from Europe.

EPL: Three games into the Premier League season, only four teams remain unbeaten. Everton is one of them and Manchester City is not. The Toffees (3-0-0) also have the league’s top scorer in Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who has five goals heading into its game with visiting Brighton (1-2-0) on Saturday (NBCSN, Universo, 7 a.m. PDT). Later Saturday, Manchester City (1-1-0), which lost a mistake-filled game to unbeaten Leicester City last week, will try to rebound when it meets newly promoted Leeds United (2-1-0) at Elland Road (Ch. 4, Universo, 9:30 a.m. PDT). Two other unbeatens — Liverpool and Aston Villa — face off Sunday when the Reds (3-0-0) travel to Villa Park to meet the only EPL team yet to concede a goal (NBCSN, Universo,11:15 p.m. PDT).

Ligue 1: With two losses in five games, perennial French champion Paris-Saint Germain (3-2-0) will match its total for defeats from last season if its falls to Angers (3-2-0) on Friday (BeIN Sports, noon PDT) at Parc des Princes. PSG, which saw several star players sidelined by COVID-19 last month, lost its first two games but has won the last three by a combined 6-0. Angers has allowed six goals in its last two outings.

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The world of exchange-traded assets just keeps getting bigger.

Exchange-traded funds and exchange-traded products pulled in a record $7 trillion-plus in assets in August, with U.S.-based ETFs and ETPs accounting for some $4 trillion of those flows. The U.S., Canada, Europe and Japan’s exchange-traded markets all also reached historic highs for asset-gathering.

A key factor driving the inflows is a renewed sense of confidence among investors, Deborah Fuhr, the founder and managing partner of ETFGI, told CNBC’s “ETF Edge” on Monday.

“ETFs really busted the myths that they weren’t able to handle the significant volatility in inflows and outflows during March and April,” Fuhr said. “From there, what we’re seeing is a significant increase in the number of investors using ETFs.”

Nearly 6,000 institutions now hold about half of all ETF assets across 62 countries, Fuhr said. As for where the money’s going, fixed-income-based products top the list, with $160 billion of net inflows globally in August, up from $148 billion over the same time period last year, she said.

“The Fed has clearly given a good signal to people that ETFs, fixed income, high yield and investment grade are good investments,” Fuhr said.

Themes such as ESG, which stands for Environmental, Social and Governance-related investments, technology and health care have also captured investors’ attention and money, she added.

“We’re also seeing active nontransparent. We have 15 new launches this year gathering about [$]500 million so far,” she said. “And gold has clearly played two different views there for investors. They’re in [$]49 billion of net inflows. Some see it as a safe haven. Others see it as a potential hedge against inflation given all the stimulus going into the markets.”

Kim Arthur, the president and CEO of Main Management, agreed that ETFs proving their resilience was a major catalyst

Super producer/artist collective Internet Money has just released the remix to their track “Lemonade” featuring new verses from both Don Toliver and Roddy Ricch. This remix comes off the heels of the group dropping their debut album B4 The Storm which featured a star-studded cast of Juice WRLD, Trippie Redd, Lil Tecca, Wiz Khalifa, and several others.  

The remix for “Lemonade” picks up right where the original version left off, with Roddy lending his superior vocal harmonies and Don tracing back with a fresh verse to push the track to the next level. The OG version of “Lemonade” reached No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100, and with the release of this remix it will likely get a boost and rise even higher now.

Complex caught with the group back in August prior to the release of their album, and the group’s founder Taz Taylor talked about how Internet Money’s main goal is to help artists develop and bend genres.

“We don’t care how many followers they have, what they look like, or whatever,” he said. “We’re turning out all these different types of artists in different genres. Lil Tecca and Juice WRLD are not even the same type of artists. Same with Trevor Daniel. I think it’s a real ’90s way of doing it. Like, Dre and everybody used to be really hands-on with music, and develop artists, and just craft records. I think we’re bringing that back.”

Listen to the remix of Internet Money’s “Lemonade” featuring Don Toliver and Roddy Ricch up top or down below.

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