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

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: 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

Saving and Budgeting | Homebuying and Mortgages | 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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By: Yvonne Garand

June 13th, 2018

How Emotions Can Thwart Your Investment Plans

Credit and Debt | Saving and Budgeting | Investing in the Future

Life experiences fall into three categories: cognitive (thoughts), emotional (feelings) and physical (physiology and actions). Though interconnected, one of these three has a disproportionately larger impact on your decision-making when it comes to finances—emotions. Emotions are volatile and can be stimulated by many triggers, whether it be a new raise, a death in the family, or fluctuating market conditions.

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By: Mortgage Originators

May 1st, 2018

Eleven Steps to Buying a Home

Investing in the Future | Homebuying and Mortgages

If you’re buying a home, it's time to get organized! A home is one of the most expensive purchases you are likely to make in a lifetime and the homebuying process can be complicated. This is the time to decide what kind of home you want and what you need to do in order to buy it. So, take a moment to consider (and write down) the steps you’ll need to take in the months to come.

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By: Yvonne Garand

March 6th, 2018

What Should I Do with My Tax Refund?

Investing in the Future | Saving and Budgeting

Many taxpayers get excited when they discover that they will get a tax refund. In 2016, the average taxpayer refund was approximately $3,000. That’s a lot of money! So, if you're asking the question "what should I do with my tax refund?" consider these five smart moves.  

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By: Yvonne Garand

February 7th, 2018

Worried about Monday's Stock Market Decline? 

Investing in the Future | Saving and Budgeting

Stay Calm, Despite the Headlines You’ve probably heard the news. The market declined on Monday, February 5, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average losing 1,175 points to close at 24,325. The media touted it as the largest single-day point decline in stock market history. Though the headline is true, the overall pull-back amounted to a 4.6% decline. A true market correction is considered a drop of 10% or more, generally resulting in a decline between 10 and 20%. The media may have evoked fear that the market is failing, and that is not necessarily true.    

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