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

By: Heidi White

March 7th, 2019

Women and Money: Finding Balance

Saving and Budgeting | Investing in the Future

The idea of leading a balanced life is not a new idea. We are more fulfilled when we achieve balance in all areas our life, including our work, personal relationships, family, and finances.

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By: Brian Bristow

March 5th, 2019

How to Overcome the Retirement Gender Pay Gap

Saving and Budgeting | Investing in the Future

The gender pay gap has been a topic of conversation and concern for years. Statistically, women make about 80 cents for every dollar earned by a man (20% less). Once they hit 65, they tend to make about 25% less than men and make increasingly less than men as they age. There are a lot of reasons for the gender pay gap, which we won’t get into here, but the sad truth is that the gap continues into retirement, leaving women with a lower retirement income than men.

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By: Brian Bristow

February 26th, 2019

How to Invest in a Bear Market

Saving and Budgeting | Investing in the Future

There’s no denying that the markets have become more turbulent. In fact, the major market indexes in the United States entered a bear market on Christmas Eve of 2018. In a bear market, prices for stocks and other securities fall, which can lead investors to panic and sell off their securities. As more and more people sell, securities prices continue to fall. In general, a bear market will eventually come to an end, hopefully leading to a bull market that brings the markets back up to their former glory, but in the meantime, your portfolios, mutual funds, IRAs, 401ks, and other securities-based accounts may lose value. Determining how to invest in a bear market can help protect your investments from the long-term effects of stormy markets.

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By: Brian Bristow

January 23rd, 2019

How to Start Investing on a Low Budget

Investing in the Future

It’s a new year—the best time of year to set resolutions and goals. If you don’t have savings or are living on a low budget, the idea of setting an investment goal might feel uncomfortable, but remember that discomfort often comes with growth. This is the time to challenge yourself to not just survive the year financially, but to come out ahead in the end. Even if you don’t have a lot of money, this is possible. Here’s how.

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By: Corinne Brochu

December 26th, 2018

IRA Contribution Limits Are Increasing in 2019

Investing in the Future

If you have an individual retirement account (IRA), your annual contributions have a limit. In 2019, those limits are rising, which is great news for those who like to save the maximum. Below, you’ll find everything you need to know about the new maximums and your phase-out range (if you are covered by a retirement plan at work). 

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By: Brian Bishop

November 30th, 2018

Mutual Funds, Simplified

Saving and Budgeting | Investing in the Future

Most people have heard of mutual funds, but many don’t know what they are. In this article, I’m going to break down mutual funds into their basic building blocks so you can understand what they are and begin to determine whether you should invest in one.

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By: Corinne Brochu

October 16th, 2018

Investing 101: How Does an IRA Work?

Investing in the Future

IRAs, or individual retirement accounts, have been used for many years as a means to reduce taxable income and save money for retirement. Monies placed into a traditional IRA are not subject to income taxes and continue to earn interest, which is also not taxed.

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By: Heidi White

July 10th, 2018

How to Calculate Your Debt Payoff

Homebuying and Mortgages | Saving and Budgeting | Investing in the Future

When you pay off debt, you open up options for yourself. You improve your cash flow, so you can stop living from paycheck to paycheck; you free up money so that you can buy the things you need and want to live a more productive and engaged life; and you put yourself in a position to save more money for a more comfortable retirement.

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