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How to Develop Your Deployment Financial Plan

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Written by Guest Blogger · 30 April 2015

By: FINRA Investor Education Foundation Staff

Which emotion best describes your pre-deployment state of mind? Excitement? Anxiety? If you’re like many service members, or a military spouse, there’s probably a lot of stress as well. While you can’t eliminate pre-deployment stress, getting your finances under control can help reduce it. Developing a deployment financial plan will allow you to concentrate on your upcoming duties. 

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Five Bad Reasons to Jump Into Real Estate for Active Duty Military

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Written by Guest Blogger · 28 April 2015

By Gretchen Gorline, AFC®, FINRA Military Spouse Fellow

It’s spring, the time of year when flowers are blooming, the weather is warming up…and thousands of military members and their families are preparing to PCS to a new duty station. As soon as those orders drop the search for a home begins, faster than you can type “ahrn.com” (the Department of Defense-sponsored housing referral site) into an internet browser.

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Savings Deposit Program for Deployed Troops

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Written by Guest Blogger · 22 April 2015

By Meghan Northcutt, AFC® Candidate

Although the US military is in a drawdown after engaging in nearly 14 years of war, troops remain very active in deployments. Military Times reports that 49 percent of the surveyed active duty servicemembers describe their operations (ops) tempo as increased when compared to the last five years, while 38 percent describe their ops tempo as unchanged. With a large reduction in force size, it is the Pentagon’s intent that troops will maintain a presence in certain regions.

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How $100 Can Become $100,000

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Written by Guest Blogger · 20 April 2015

By Beth Perry, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

April is Financial Literacy Month, the perfect time to reevaluate your spending habits. Can saving $100 today mean having $100,000 in the future? It can if you use time to your advantage. The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), a low-cost retirement plan for military and Federal civilian employees, helps you do that.

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Getting Financially and Legally Prepared for Deployment

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Written by Guest Blogger · 14 April 2015

The USAA Educational Foundation

If deployment is on the horizon, you need to prepare for any possible life scenario. Part of this preparation is making sure your financial and legal matters are in order.

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Tip of the Day

  • Written by Guest Blogger | March 4, 2014

    Use your #tax refund to start or add to your #IRA or #401(k) These plans are opportunities to put aside money now for #retirement later.

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Naval Battalion's Effort Yields Team Success

Written by Super User | November 26, 2010

Construction Battalion Five, DETAIL CHINHAE would like to share our campaign success story with you!

Currently we have 23 members on our Det, (all of whom have registered with militarysaves) and out of them 16 are planning for retirement by saving and investing money in the Federal Thrift Savings Plan.

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Start Small and Keep on Saving

Written by Super User | March 6, 2012

Although Major James Kenisky only recently took the Saver's Pledge, he has been living by its tenets for many years: Start Small. Think Big.

Starting Small

I want this story to help others and I am certain I am not the only one who has achieved the level of success in the military that I have.  I am just one voice.  I started saving when I became a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force.

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On the Right Track to Build Wealth

Written by Super User | April 16, 2013

My name is Robina Wahl, and I am a military wife and a veteran. Although I am fairly new to the Military Saves Campaign, the message to “Build Wealth, Not Debt” reassured me that my husband and I were on the right track and doing the right things.

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