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Answers From USAA Social Exchange 2014

Answers From USAA Social Exchange 2014

This was my third USAA conference, and it was the best one yet. (You can read about the 2012 USAA blogger conference here and the 2011 USAA blogger conference here, or browse the other links at the end of this post.) The 2014 schedule started in the hotel lobby as we checked in on Tuesday afternoon, continued with the ...

I’m Goin’ To USAA – Threepeat!

I’m Goin’ To USAA – Threepeat!

I've been invited back to USAA for the third time, at their fifth annual "Social Exchange" conference in their San Antonio headquarters on 4-7 November. I'll have a chance to talk with their staff and executives from insurance, banking, investments, and other divisions. What questions would you like me to ask them? ...

USAA and membership growth

    I received a great comment on an older post about USAA. As I answered it I realized that I'd written an entire new post in the subject, so I'll just put up the answer here and link back to the other post. I'll also add in feedback from USAA's staff. Here's the entire comment before I break it ...

More lessons learned on insurance (part 2 of 2)

    Last week's post covered the basic insurance issues when you're just starting out. You'll insure your personal property and your vehicle for the financial catastrophes that you can't cover on your own, and you'll control the costs by using high deductibles. Insurance expenses make it even more ...

Lessons learned on insurance

    After Jeff Rose's life insurance awareness movement, a reader asked: "Nords, what insurance do you carry?" Hunh. I've never thought of myself as an insurance role model, unless you're part of a dual-military retiree couple with just one kid. Technology has certainly brought down the price of the ...

The finances of used cars

    Well, it's finally happened. Our college daughter is moving off-campus and she "needs" a car. She realizes that this could also be viewed as a discretionary purchase. She's less than two miles away from campus and could easily walk or bicycle over residential streets. If she had to haul extra books or ...

Pricing insurance and investments

    Today's (lengthy) post has been inspired by a reader question. Let me try to stop sounding like a USAA fanboy for a few paragraphs and talk about the issues of pricing and service. "Some of my relatives use USAA and the costs on the services they get are cheaper than what we pay.  Which USAA services ...

Five Money Missteps

State Farm Insurance recently published "Five Money Missteps to Avoid" in their monthly magazine. (Thanks for sending this, Jay!) I'm a sucker for short lists that help you succeed one sound bite at a time. They're a quick read, they're easily compared to your own practices, and you don't feel as if you're slogging ...