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Coming Soon: New USAA Brokerage Services
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Coming Soon: New USAA Brokerage Services

USAA's investment services will soon get even better: they're adding a new brokerage platform and expanding their product line. The company's core business is property and casualty insurance, but over the decades they've added banking and investments. Outstanding member service has still been the priority ...

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Insurance for a young adult
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Insurance for a young adult

. My all-time favorite reader asked these questions: So USAA dropped off a bunch of ROTC-specific ad campaigns, including one on renter's insurance. It reminded me that, especially with a new college ring, it was definitely time for renter's insurance. I did the quote setup with USAA and figured out the value ...

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USAA and membership growth
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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 down to answer ...

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USAA’s savings goals and 529 plan calculators
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USAA’s savings goals and 529 plan calculators

    USAA has offered their "savings goals" calculator since January, but they've recently expanded it for students & parents. They've released a very detailed education savings planning tool that greatly simplifies the data crunching and the fund selection. The Education Savings Planner is part of ...

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Joining NFCU, PenFed, and USAA (part 2 of 2)
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Joining NFCU, PenFed, and USAA (part 2 of 2)

If you're on this page from a search engine or an outside link then you might want to read the previous post about joining Navy Federal Credit Union and Pentagon Federal Credit Union. They're two of America's largest credit unions with great rates on savings & mortgages. The last post also introduced USAA, a ...

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