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New Year’s Resolution: joining NFCU, PenFed, and USAA

New Year’s Resolution: joining NFCU, PenFed, and USAA

Have you made a New Year's resolution to "do something" about your finances? I've been getting questions about membership in three great companies: Navy Federal Credit Union, Pentagon Federal Credit Union, and USAA. Many of the queries are whether you can join even if you're no longer in the military, or whether ...

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USAA on retirement calculators

USAA on retirement calculators

I've researched the state of the art in retirement calculators, and I'm splitting the results into at least two blog posts. For a retirement-calculator geek, I think the best websites are still FIRECalc and FinancialEngines.com. However all calculators have their flaws and let's face it-- neither one is simple to ...

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Answers to USAA’s questions

Answers to USAA’s questions

The last post described USAA's business model and why they favor member services over profits. This post shares their answers to your questions. But first, I've been reminded that all is not necessarily sweetness & light at USAA HQ. After several days of persistent followup I found a scandalous complaint: the ...

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USAA’s underwear secrets

USAA’s underwear secrets

This week I'm blogging about last week's USAA Blogger Event. I'll talk about the conference & tours and I'll pass on their answers to your questions. I'll also include the blogs of the other attendees. If you want to dig through the old Twitter feed, we used hashtag #USAABE. For those of you whose curiosity ...

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USAA:  seven money rules to break

USAA: seven money rules to break

A few weeks ago USAA article posted an article on when to break the "money rules". Here's the summary, with my comments in italics: 1. Pay off debt and build an emergency fund before saving for retirement ... ... except when your debt is of the low-rate, tax-reducing variety, such as a mortgage or student loans, and ...

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