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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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6 Steps to Stay on Track Financially During Times of Separation

Times of separation are hard on a family and relationships in many ways. One of the most challenging aspects of separation is how to handle the finances – how to budget and continue to make progress toward your financial goals. Service members (SM) experience this challenge on a regular basis...

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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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Zeiders Enterprises builds bridges for military communities worldwide

Bridges enable people to get from one place to another. People go places they couldn’t go before, or previously had to find an ineffective way to get there. At Zeiders Enterprises, Inc. we have a network of financial professionals that includes AFC® credentialed professionals who help Service members go places they...

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It’s Time to Break out the Blender!

There is a big change coming for the men and women serving in our armed forces, and it has the potential tosignificantly impact how they save and plan for retirement. This change is known as the Blended Retirement System or BRS. Beginning in January 2018, eligible service members, currently serving in any branch...

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The Pain of the PCS Process

If you are facing an upcoming Permanent Change of Station (PCS) you can find many different articles and resources designed to help you prepare for the process and make a smooth transition. The Navy issued guidance on delays for orders and shipping household goods because of the government's continuing resolution. But even...

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Advice for (Accidental) Landlords

For many military families, summertime means moving time. With the approach of a PCS, you may find yourself faced with decisions about what to do with the home you have purchased at your current duty station.  Should you sell or should you keep the home as a rental property? What...

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AFCPE Membership Spotlight: Jen Hemphill, AFC®

Jen Hemphill is a mom, wife, mentor, money coach and entrepreneur. She is passionate about teaching busy, go-getter women how to effectively use their money as a tool to live their best life. This passion was evident even before she became a FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Fellow in 2008, but...

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A Military Spouse Perspective: Pursuing a Career as a Financial Counselor

My early financial education was given to me by my parents, sort of unintentionally and mostly from observation.   As I grew up and became an adult, I learned some better financial practices from friends and associates.  I also started reading books that taught about financial topics. My husband and I...

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The Power of Financial Counseling & Education

As America Saves & Military Saves Week come to an end, we share a story that reminds us of the power of financial counseling and education. Recently, a soon-to-retire service member came to my office after attending one of my financial education workshops. He wanted to tell me about the...

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Loose Change: An Unexpected Path to Savings Success

Forgotten Money Turns to SavingsWhether a jar, a tray or a drawer, we all have a place where our loose change accumulates. Just sitting in these forgotten places, our loose change grows, but it earns no compound interest and gets us no closer to reaching our goals. This forgotten money...

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AFCPE® Op Ed: A response to “Why Service Members Should Receive Financial Literacy Training”

Marissa Cruz wrote an important article, entitled, “Why Service Members Should Receive Financial Literacy Training.”The article caught our attention for its urgent message and strong focus on the financial issues facing our country’s servicemembers and veterans. Cruz raises very valid points around the importance of providing financial literacy training to...

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