Should You Take The Advance Pay Option?

When making a permanent change of station or PCS, the military allows service members to request an advance of up to three months of basic pay to cover unreimbursed expenses. The question is, should you utilize this option?

2011: The Money Year in Review

2011 was the year of living dangerously. We are not talking about the 1982 movie featuring a reporter living in Indonesia. We are referring to the turbulent worldwide investment waters navigated by investors. Stocks, particularly those of the ...

Going Civilian: The New Military Retirement Plan

As part of the deficit debates that have engulfed Washington this year, there’s been talk of sweeping changes to military retirement benefits. The first salvo was issued in July, when the Defense Business Board — an advisory group of ...

6 Tips to Boost Your Social Security Check

While you don’t have much control over how much you pay into the Social Security system, you may be surprised just how much you can influence what you get out of it. Here are six ways to maximize your payout.

“Show Me the Money” Say Investors to ECB

This week’s actions by the European Central Bank remind us of the oft-quoted line from the 1996 movie, “Jerry Maguire.” Speculation that ECB president Mario Draghi would “show us the money” through a European form ...

Midlife Money Crisis

The thing about saving for retirement is this: Most of us don’t do enough of it. According to the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, the average 55-to-64-year-old with a retirement account has accumulated less than $100,000.