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How to Maximize the BRS If You Decide to Opt-In
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How to Maximize the BRS If You Decide to Opt-In

[This post is brought to you by Dan, who’s done a lot of data runs with the BRS calculator.  His new website KeepInvestingSimpleStupid.com is freshly launched, so please check on its progress! If you’re interested in contributing at The-Military-Guide.com, then see our posting guidelines.] Welcome to January 2018! ...

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Coping With The Fear Of Investing
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Coping With The Fear Of Investing

[This post is brought to you by Patrick Weinert, who knows how fear and uncertainty can disrupt even the most logical investing plan. If you're interested in contributing at The-Military-Guide.com, please see our posting guidelines.]   I’m Patrick Weinert, a retired Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel, and I ...

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In Memoriam: My Father
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In Memoriam: My Father

    Dean Nordman passed away on Saturday morning 18 November 2017 at age 83 due to complications from Alzheimer's disease.   Dad & me, early 2002. Regular readers may remember that my father first noticed his dementia symptoms in 2008 (at age 74) yet he refused all offers of help. ...

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Tricky Details Of The Military Blended Retirement System
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Tricky Details Of The Military Blended Retirement System

I really wanted to use the titles "Hidden Secrets Of The BRS!!" or "Shocking Urban Legends Of The BRS Revealed-- #4 Is Jaw-dropping!!" But this is a serious life-changing decision. I've had a ton of reader BRS questions and feedback. The good news is that a group of us military personal-finance bloggers have ...

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Military To Veteran To FinTech Startup
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Military To Veteran To FinTech Startup

What influenced your decision to join the military, and what led to your decision to leave active duty? Giff Carter, Chief Revenue Officer GIFF CARTER (GC): I’m a bit embarrassed to say, but the movie Top Gun. I joined in 1989, it was shortly after the movie came out, the Cold War was in full force and, ...

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USAA Answers Your Insurance And Financial Questions
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USAA Answers Your Insurance And Financial Questions

This was the best conference yet! For those who are just joining us, last month I polled people's questions about USAA's insurance and financial programs. I brought those issues to the Digital Military Experience with USAA's Communications team, other program managers, and several executives. But first, it's ...

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What Questions Should I Ask USAA At Digital MilEx?
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What Questions Should I Ask USAA At Digital MilEx?

  [Nords note:  if you're finding this post via a search engine, here's the followup post with USAA's responses: USAA Answers Your Insurance And Financial Questions]   It's almost that time of year again! The San Antonio summer is cooling off (a little) and on 19-20 September I'll be USAA's guest ...

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“Hey, Nords: How’s Your Net Worth?!?”
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“Hey, Nords: How’s Your Net Worth?!?”

A long while back, a reader wrote: "Hey, Nords, any chance you'll do a summary post about your FIRE history? I'm really interested to hear how your net worth and income have gone up." Life is good: my spouse and I recently pulled off an epic seven-week "slow travel" Mainland trip on military flights. (I'll ...

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Camp Mustache 4 Encore (And A Free Book!)
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Camp Mustache 4 Encore (And A Free Book!)

    We spent another Memorial Day weekend at the Rainbow Lodge in the bustling megalopolis of North Bend, WA. (Snarkasm! It's a lovely little town.) This was my second Camp Mustache, and they just keep getting better. Unlike last year's chilly rainy mosh pit, this year's Seattle-area weather was ...

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