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Understanding Investment Performance Claims

Investment Investor Alert SEC
Written by Guest Blogger · 14 July 2016

By the SEC Office of Investor Education and Advocacy

If you are in the market for an investment, you will likely come across sales and marketing materials that describe an investment’s performance. You should know that performance information can be presented in many different ways. Before making a decision, always make sure you understand how any performance claim is calculated and presented – and whether or not the claim is reliable and applies to your particular circumstances. Here are a few things to consider.

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Millennials, Don’t Take a Vacation from Your Money Goals This Summer!

Military Saves Pledge Military Millennials Financial Goals
Written by Alecia Blair · 11 July 2016

By: Alecia D. Blair, Military Saves Communications Project Manager, AFC® Candidate, FINRA Foundation Fellow

While you may be basking in the summer sun, enjoying some much-deserved leave and time away from your usual duty day responsibilities, now is not the time to take a hands-off approach to your money.

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Challenge Yourself to Save, Military Millennials

Savings Personal Savings 30 days of savings MFLN
Written by Guest Blogger · 05 July 2016

By Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®, Rutgers Cooperative Extension

July is “hump month” for personal finances. Half of the year is already over but there are still five + months to make positive financial management changes, such as saving money, reducing income taxes, and paying off debt. In an effort to help military families build wealth, the Military Families Learning Network Personal Finance (MFLNPF) team is sponsoring the 30 Days of Saving Challenge during July 2016. Military Saves is encouraging military families to accept the challenge!

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How to Travel & Save Big!

Savings Tips Military Millennials Travel
Written by Guest Blogger · 28 June 2016

Corrinne McKenna, AFC® Candidate, FINRA Foundation Fellow

Members of the millennial generation tend to place a higher value on travel and experiences than they do on tangible items, such as cars and homes. If you’re a military millennial, there are dozens of resources you can take advantage of to save yourself big bucks on incredible travel adventures. Here are some ideas to get you started!

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What's So Great About the TSP?

Retirement TSP Military Millennials
Written by Guest Blogger · 21 June 2016

By The USAA Educational Foundation

Military millennials: Are you ready to start investing for retirement? Don’t overlook one of the easiest ways to get startedthe Thrift Savings Plan, or TSP. This tax-advantaged program allows service members to invest money for retirement through payroll deductions. Think of it as the federal government's version of a 401(k). 

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Tip of the Day

  • Written by Tammy G. Bruzon | February 3, 2017

    Millions miss out on the EITC because they don’t claim it or don’t file taxes at all: http://bit.ly/2kge0VN v/ @AmericaSaves #MSW2017

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Building Wealth by Setting Goals

Written by Super User | April 24, 2013

My name is Allison Mecadon and I’m a Youth Coordinator with the Virginia National Guard Youth Program. My husband, Tom, is an M-Day Army National Guard Member (an M-Day member is one who performs weekend drill, but is not on full-time duty).

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One That Almost Got Away

Written by Super User | November 26, 2010

Brody Lockwood - Like a typical fledgling, I started down the track of financial indebtedness. Nineteen years old and nothing to lose. Credit - who need it? Savings - that was for older people with responsibility. Debt - my parents were in debt ergo it must be OK. When I was eligible for reenlistment, I reenlisted for a multiple of 3 worth $15K. I was happy to pay off my debt, but would I be able to stay out of debt?

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Savers Pledge Leads to Savings Success

Written by Super User | October 13, 2011

My name is Rob and I am a Staff Sergeant in the Marine Corps Reserve. My financial success is a huge result of the Military Saves Campaign.

My journey began five years ago after marrying my wife, Lisa. We entered our marriage with no savings plan in sight, carrying debt and living in a tiny apartment. After seeing an advertisement for Military Saves, we decided to grab the reigns of our finances and implement a positive financial plan.

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