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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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Does your financial plan need schooling?

Even if your school days are long behind you, this is a perfect time to study and plot your financial future.

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The open road for less

We hope you’re having a blast, but we’d also like you to do so without fracturing your finances.

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The first outlay for the rest of your life

The beginning of summer is the peak of wedding season, and frankly, a lot of families will spend a lot more money this year on weddings than on graduation gifts and vacations combined.

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Legion DSOs there to help

Despite the fact we have both served, we had no idea that service officers were out there, or that The American Legion was a key player in what they do.

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Spread the word about new Roth TSP

The snow is melting as temperatures warm. But there’s more to celebrate than just spring and clean, invigorating air.

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Unlock the mystery of required minimum distributions

Unlock the mystery of required minimum distributions

The year is quickly winding down. For millions of Americans, that means the window for taking annual required minimum distributions (RMDs) from IRAs and other retirement plans is closing.

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Don’t get spooked when weighing 
changes to Medicare coverage

Don’t get spooked when weighing 
changes to Medicare coverage

Many seniors are scared to make changes to their coverage, intimidated by all the options available. But adjusting your plan can be a good thing.

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Five things you might not know about life insurance

Five things you might not know about life insurance

As a conversation-starter, life insurance is almost guaranteed to be followed by the type of silence normally found only in a hearing test chamber.

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