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Apple Federal Credit Union Releases 2017 Top Tips for Homebuyers

Provided by Apple Federal Credit Union With the spring market around the corner, Apple Federal Credit Union today released its 2017 list of Top Tips for Homebuyers to help new homebuyers prepare for the experience. Typically, the spring market between March and Memorial Day is the busiest of the year. “We expect a robust spring market in the Northern Virginia …

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Free Resource Can Help People Meet Savings Goals

Provided by Prince William County Saving money isn’t always easy, but the Prince William Saves – America Saves website can help people set goals, make plans and meet their savings goals to take control of their future. Prince William Saves is run by the Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) and is the local arm of the America Saves program. Patricia Contrades, …

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Is Your Child Considering a Gap Year?

By Bennett Whitlock, CRPC®, Private Wealth Advisor A growing number of U.S. students are taking time after high school to expand their horizons. The “gap year” uses the time to gain real-world work experience, become more involved in volunteer work or learn more about other cultures through traveling. Asking your child some important questions can help you both determine whether …

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Preparing High Schoolers for Their Financial Future

By Bennett Whitlock, CRPC® Private Wealth Advisor High school students are only several short years from adulthood—and with it, the financial freedom to take out loans, sign leases and charge to credit cards. Many teenagers don’t have the patience for long financial conversations, so prioritize the following tasks and discussion topics. 1. Help open a checking account. Children over the …

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Setting Financial Goals for the New Year

Provided by Ameriprise The start of a new year is a good time to dream big and set new goals. This is also a prime opportunity to step back, review your own financial situation and make sure you’re finances are on track to help you achieve your goals. Here are three fundamental steps to think through as you begin a …

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House Passes Defense Bill with Comstock–Heller Service Member Job Training Amendment

Provided by Congresswoman Barbara Comstock’s Office Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-VA) and Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) released the following statement after the House passed a conference report to accompany S. 2943, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 by a bipartisan vote of 375-34.  The legislation included two of the Congresswoman’s amendments including one that she worked on with …

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Volunteering May Cut Your Tax Bill

By Bennett Whitlock, CRPC® Private Wealth Advisor Gifts given to charity and other expenses related to volunteering may be tax deductible. For the avid volunteer, the savings could be worth the effort to track expenses related to your charity work. Transportation expenses While you cannot deduct the time you spend on the road driving to and from volunteer events, you …

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Thinking About Retiring Early? Make Sure You Have the Essentials Covered

Provided by Ameriprise Financial Do you dream of wrapping up your career early so you can pursue other interests? The idea of early retirement appeals to many of us, but it takes more than dreaming. It also requires careful planning, diligent saving through your working years and effective investment of your retirement assets. Pulling the retirement trigger early is a …

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8 Tips to Improve Your Financial Communication

Provided by Ameriprise Financial What makes a couple successful in their financial relationship? Ameriprise Financial surveyed over 1,500 couples (those married or living together for at least six months) to learn about their money conversations and how they make decisions. The results revealed eight ways you can improve the financial health of your relationship: 1. Understand your partner’s money mindset. …

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How to Be Financially Prepared for the Holidays

Provided by Ameriprise Financial For many of us, the holiday season is a time of joy and rest. However, planning for the season’s festivities can feel hectic and create financial stress. According to the Consumer Reports National Research Center, top holiday stressors for Americans include gift shopping, crowds and long lines, traveling and taking on some level of debt(1). So …

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