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Five questions you need not ask

Questions provide a path to enlightenment, so keep them coming. But consider these five answered.

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The pros and cons of borrowing from yourself

Nearly a third of Americans have at some point borrowed from their retirement plan at work, according to a recent TIAA-CREF survey.

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The scoop on credit scores

This may be a shocker, but that all-important number in the world of borrowing – your credit score – doesn’t really exist, at least not in singular form.

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Four steps to improve your credit score

With a few thoughtful moves, you can get a good credit score or improve your current one, no matter how it’s being calculated.

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Quirky laws could reduce your retirement benefits

Will Social Security be there when you need and expect it? Maybe not.

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The trade-offs we make

What trade-offs are you making?

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Five things to know about flood insurance

According to the government, floods are the most common and most costly natural disaster.

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Six common credit score misconceptions

The world of credit and credit scoring is not without its myths.

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Combat Pilot to Corner Office

USAA CEO Stuart Parker talks military service, veterans employment and how the company is The American Legion’s kindred spirit.

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The pros and cons of borrowing from yourself

Nearly a third of Americans have at some point borrowed from their retirement plan at work, according to a recent TIAA-CREF survey.

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Exit Strategy

Exit Strategy

The Great Recession forced many Americans to tighten their personal balance sheets. But six years later, a dark cloud of debt still looms large.

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Five common money misconceptions

Five common money misconceptions

The world of personal finance is home to more than a few mistaken beliefs.

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Ask or you may not receive

Ask or you may not receive

You’ve earned the benefits, so you should at least understand what they are.

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Declare your financial independence

Declare your financial independence

Just as it took a formal written declaration to galvanize and commit our forefathers to national independence, the same sort of effort is required to put ourselves on the path to financial freedom.

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VA-guaranteed loans an enviable deal

VA-guaranteed loans an enviable deal

The VA loan powered a generation of post-World War II homeowners. Almost 70 years later, it’s still a valuable, attractive benefit that’s worth investigating – even if it’s been decades since you wore the uniform.

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Five money management mistakes

Five money management mistakes

Managing your investments can be dizzying, and there’s lots of hard-to-ignore noise on the periphery.

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Four tax changes for 2014

Four tax changes for 2014

As the 2013 filing deadline approaches, consider these changes as you look forward to next year’s tax season.

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Protect your stuff and pass it on

Protect your stuff and pass it on

After some discussion, it became clear that getting his 90-year-old father, who was a bit set in his ways, to change his current insurance coverage might not be the easiest way for the son to get his foot in USAA’s door.

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Let tax brackets guide your retirement plan

Let tax brackets guide your retirement plan

At times I feel like a broken record: “Save, save, save!” That’s my mantra when it comes to preparing for retirement. But lately I’m getting quite a few questions from those who have already crossed the retirement threshold.

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Protect your stuff and pass it on

Protect your stuff and pass it on

Protect your stuff and pass it on

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Out of the mattress and into the market

Out of the mattress and into the market

All that cash, despite today’s rock-bottom interest rates.

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MHA programs offer path to mortgage relief

It’s the understatement of the decade to say we’re in a challenging real-estate market.

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What to know when comparing 
Roth, traditional IRAs

What to know when comparing 
Roth, traditional IRAs

Since it’s tax time, a lot of folks are going through their own pairing exercise, trying to match the right type of IRA, Roth or traditional, to their situation.

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To get out of debt, get specific

Have your good intentions for the new year already been blown to the side of the road like a grocery bag on the highway? It could be that you just didn’t set yourself up correctly.

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Saving, paying off debt among 
best uses for tax refunds

The word “windfall” brings to mind tantalizing images of a monster lottery payout or a huge, unexpected inheritance. But this month we’re thinking of a windfall that’s a little smaller and a lot more common: the tax refund.

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Make your own financial luck in ’13

We’re big believers in creating your own luck, so we’re going to offer four steps to help do just that.

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Don’t let holiday spirit undo your budget

Visions, plans and preparations are important, but without proper follow-through they quickly become pointless.

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No better time to talk turkey about cars

Of course you’re aware that the holiday season is upon us. But are you aware that car-buying season is upon us, too?

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Consider the protections of renters insurance

The Insurance Information Institute reports that while the majority of homeowners have homeowners insurance, a whopping 69 percent of those who rent do not have renters insurance.

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Say ‘no’ to impulse buys, credit cards this Christmas

Five steps to help make the holidays a financial footnote and not a financial disaster.

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