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In the VSECU Blog you'll find financial and lifestyle resources to help empower possibilities for your personal success.

Blair Wolston

A native Vermonter and licensed financial advisor, Blair enjoys listening to the stories of his neighbors while helping them to make important financial decisions. A self-described "Solution Hunter-Gatherer" he starts with the basics and builds repeatable strategies that transport his clients incrementally and deliberately toward their goals.

By: Blair Wolston

October 16th, 2020

Estate Planning 101

Investing in the Future

Estate planning may not be something you think about every day but as you get older and accumulate assets, it should become a part of your overall financial plan. You may have started out with nothing, but now you’ve got a house, maybe a vacation home, rental properties, vehicles, precious heirlooms that were passed down through the family, and investment accounts. The more you accumulate, the more you have to safeguard so that everything makes it into the right hands after you pass. It’s easy enough to procrastinate; more than 50% of American adults don’t have a will. Hopefully, after considering the information outlined in this article, you can begin to move forward with a plan or tune up the documents you already have in place.

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By: Blair Wolston

July 29th, 2020

Investing 101: How to Invest

Investing in the Future

For many, investing can come with baggage. People often make different associations with the term based on past experiences with parents, teachers, and friends. The portrayal of Wall Street culture in American cinema tends to portray a version of investing that quite possibly keeps a lot of would-be investors on the sidelines reading the financial news and wondering how the “wolves of Wall Street” keep finding fresh kills. Being a market-based investor is not just for the ultra-rich. It’s something nearly anyone with a job can do. It’s about setting goals, making a budget that includes investing, staying the course, and remaining disciplined to the basic principles of investing.

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By: Blair Wolston

March 14th, 2016

The Thrifty Path to a More Abundant Life

Saving and Budgeting

Dispelling the Belief that Thrift Means Living Without I want to start out by stating a little-known truth that can change your life: Thrift isn’t about living without. It is about actively deciding how to spend the money and resources you have in a way that brings the greatest value into your life.

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By: Blair Wolston

February 29th, 2016

Why Use a Credit Union Rather than a Bank?

Alternative Banking

A Great Alternative to Banking Making the choice to invest money in a credit union, rather than a bank, is often a decision that reflects cooperative values and community-building intent. Credit unions and banks offer a similar suite of products and services, but they are formed and run in very different ways.

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6 Tips for Improving Your Credit Score

Cultivate and Maintain an Excellent Credit Score

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By: Blair Wolston

December 7th, 2015

The Savvy Driver’s Guide to Winter Fuel Economy

Saving and Budgeting | Auto Buying

When old man winter blows into town, your first reaction may be to change the tires, fill up the windshield-wiper fluid, and make sure the scraper is within easy reach. These measures will help you protect the exterior of your vehicle, but they won’t fully prepare your car for what is to come. The winter takes a serious toll on your vehicle’s fuel economy and the best way you can prepare is to build an arsenal of tactics to reduce the toll every time you drive.

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