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Experience is the Best Teacher

One of the most frequent questions I get is "How can I prepare for my exam?" I always tell candidates to start with the study guide or AFC® Online Course. It is essential to work through the study resources, read the texts, make flashcards, and understand the concepts as you...

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#FridayFollow – Changing Lives Through Personal Finance and Financial Education

Nyesha Burton is an Accredited Financial Counselor® (AFC®) working for the Department of the Army. She provides financial counseling and financial education to military families abroad in Germany. Nyesha thoroughly enjoys helping her clients gain a solid financial foundation, preparing them to make educated, sound decisions individually and collectively.AFCPE: What inspired...

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Make 2019 the Year You Invest in Impact

Commit to high standards, capacity building, and lasting impact – for the client, for the coach, and for the community. Over the last 4 years, organizations and funders have invested in Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC®) and Financial Fitness Coach (FFC®) training and certification to better support initiatives that create lasting impact. As...

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#FridayFollow: Waking Up for Financial and Social Change

Judy Polyne, AFC® is a financial coach and educator, coaching clients towards their financial goals. Through her work as an adjunct professor at New York University (NYU), as well as with local nonprofit organizations, Judy teaches people what they need to understand financial wellness and how to build a brighter financial...

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#FridayFollow: “The Money Lady”

At the 2018 AFCPE Symposium, Madeleine Greene was presented the Distinguished Fellow of the Year award. Her acceptance of the award was followed by an emotional, yet empowering, speech telling stories of her time as AFC®. As a true pioneer in the AFCPE community, we thought it was only right...

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#FridayFollow: Rising Up for Financial Literacy

Ana Gonzalez Ribeiro is a longtime advocate for financial education. She entered the field more than 10 years ago as a personal financial writer, writing for popular publications and websites such as Mint.com and Yahoo Finance. Fast forward to today, Ana is an Accredited Financial Counselor® with the same “why”. When...

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#FridayFollow – Taking Action Through Trial and Error

Johnie Reed is an AFC® based in Cleveland, Ohio. When asked about his profession, he shares with people that he’s a teacher by training, trade, and occupation. In his role as a financial counselor, he develops relationships based on trust and professional respect. Johnie helps clients change and improve upon their...

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#FridayFollow – A Lighthearted Spin on Personal Finance

Michael Thomas is an AFC® and full time Graduate Student at The University of Georgia. He strives to help clients and society take the shame out of financial conversations and discussions. He understands how important it is to: recognize mistakes, see why they were made, and assist clients in overcoming obstacles...

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Listening Between the Lines

Brandy Baxter is a 2011 FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Fellowship recipient and financial coach. As a public speaker and owner of her own business Living Abundantly, she coaches and educates people on a variety of money matters, from budgeting to credit and debt management. In her work, she is truly...

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#FridayFollow – “The Pursuit of Happyness”

Stephen Newland is an AFC® in the Atlanta, GA area with a passion for helping people set and achieve their financial goals. He started volunteering as a money coach in 2010 and now works full time running the financial education programs at churches in Buckhead & Alpharetta, Georgia. AFCPE: When people ask...

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Need a Financial Counselor or Coach? Here’s How to Choose One.

No matter where you are in your financial life, chances are you could benefit from financial education and support. But in today’s environment of instant access to information, people often have trouble knowing what information to trust and who to turn to for financial advice. Because different people have different...

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Successfully Blending Family And Career

My wife and I met and married while she was an NROTC instructor at the University of Texas. At the time, I was enjoying my career as a software developer in Austin.  I knew that our marriage would likely put her career in the Navy before mine. Like any military family,...

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