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Military Savings Deposit Program

Who is eligible to participate in the Savings Deposit Program? Members of the Armed Forces serving in specified combat zones or in support of a contingency operation are...


Changes to SBP Beneficiary Status

Divorce A divorce's impact on SBP election depends not only on your wishes, but also on the requirements imposed by the court-ordered divorce decree. If your divorce decree...


SBP Beneficiary Designations

As of Oct. 1, 2008, any retiree who has paid 360 months of SBP premiums and has reached the age of 70 is no longer be required to make monthly payments for their SBP coverage....


Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)

Enrollment in an annuity plan is a decision that requires careful consideration. If you are considering enrolling in an annuity plan, you should review the: advantages and...


Low Interest Rates Mean DoD Savings Deposit Program is a Screaming Good Deal

Interest rates across the board are at or near the lowest they’ve been in history. That means it’s harder to get a good return on saved or invested money. Take a look at...


Shady Investment Companies Still Targeting Retirees and Their Pensions

Need cash fast? Just turn on daytime television and watch all the commercials that offer to “help” you with your pressing financial needs, should you already have an...


Funds In Focus: USAA 500

The "In Focus” series will take a regular close look at financial products and services of interest to military families. This installment will take a close, hard look at...


Two Tax-Friendly Options for Military Retirement Cash

In these tough economic times, we don’t often hear about retirees’ financial success stories. Success stories from hardworking people who have made sound financial...


Mutual Fund Basic Training

First of all, let’s talk about what a mutual fund is. A mutual fund is nothing more than an arrangement in which many investors pool their funds and hire a professional...


Funds in Focus – USAA First Start Growth

The USAA First Start Growth fund is not just a run-of-the-mill mutual fund. It’s not a stand-alone fund like you would buy from, say, Vanguard or Fidelity or any other fund...


Annuities: A Field Guide

Technically, an annuity is simply a stream of payments. The military retirement pension, in this sense, is an annuity. But when we talk about financial products, an annuity...


Mutual Fund Basic Training: Indexing Vs. Active Management

I'm about to wade into an old and heated debate within the investment community: Does it make sense to try to pick the best mutual funds? Do mutual fund managers really add...


Roth TSP Brings Tax Planning Opportunity for Deployed Service Members

The good news is that as of May 7th of this year, the federal government is rolling out a Roth option for federal employees who contribute to the Thrift Savings Program. The...