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Auto insurance basics
Last Modified: 4/16/2018
Car insurance is something every driver needs, but how much do you really know about your auto coverage? Tune in to this quick video from the Insurance Information Institute to learn more. . . . (Full story)

10 things to watch for when buying a house [INFOGRAPHIC]
Last Modified: 4/12/2018
Continued from "Welcome back, Wilcox " article. . . . (Full story)

Tips for first-time home buyers
Last Modified: 4/12/2018
Buying a new home is a big step—it’s considered a cornerstone of the American Dream. But, according to the Pew Research Center, more U.S. households are renting today than at any point in the last 50 years. Homeownership is not something to go into without some serious thought and preparation. Before you take the plunge into purchasing home, consider these issues. . . . (Full story)

Home insurance basics
Last Modified: 3/8/2018
If you're a homeowner, or are considering buying a home, you'll want to know the basics of home insurance. The Insurance Information Institute has a great little video that explains what most policies cover (and don't cover). Watch and learn, then contact Member Benefits. . . . (Full story)

If your dog bites, insurers may bite back
Last Modified: 2/12/2018
Enjoy your dog! But be aware of your potential liability involved in owning one, as well as the impact it may have on your insurability. . . . (Full story)

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Retirement Articles

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3 things you need to know to navigate fees in your retirement savings account
Last Modified: 2/19/2018
Here at Member Benefits, we talk about fees with our members every day. But fees are often not easy to find or to understand. So let’s explore the topic of fees and uncover why they’re important, why they exist, and how you can find out what and who you’re paying so you can make informed savings decisions. . . . (Full story)

Protecting a legacy: The update
Last Modified: 1/29/2018
In the July of 2017, we shared that we were in the midst of a detailed evaluation of the Guaranteed Investment and our partnership with Prudential Retirement Insurance and Annuity Company (PRIAC) in their role as manager of the account. In this update, we respond to questions about the evaluation results and what it means for members like you. . . . (Full story)

New year, new retirement statements for members
Last Modified: 1/22/2018
View a quick video and get more information on the friendlier, easier-to-read member retirement statements coming out in January 2018. . . . (Full story)

Start small, save big
Last Modified: 1/11/2018
Don’t think you have enough money to save for retirement? Then you might be surprised to learn that saving with as little as $20 per pay period can make a big difference. The key is to start…now. . . . (Full story)

Q&A: Calculating your RMD
Last Modified: 10/30/2017
As you craft your retirement strategy, planning for age 70½ is a must, because that’s when required minimum distributions (RMDs) kick in. Here are some things you need to know. . . . (Full story)

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Money Management Articles

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Equifax’s massive data breach should put you on high alert
Last Modified: 11/27/2017
If you have a credit report, there’s a good chance that you’re one of the 143 million American consumers whose sensitive personal information was exposed in a data breach by Equifax. Get some tips from the Federal Trade Commission on how to protect yourself. . . . (Full story)

Your credit score: It matter$
Last Modified: 9/11/2017
Most of us don’t spend much time thinking about our credit score. But a low score can negatively impact your finances and have a big effect on the choices you may be able to make in your day-to-day life. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to improve your score. . . . (Full story)

The hidden victims of identity theft: Your kids
Last Modified: 8/14/2017
You may be vigilant about keeping your own identity and that of your adult partner or spouse safe. But have you thought about how to protect your child’s identity? . . . (Full story)

Are your important documents in order?
Last Modified: 6/22/2017
You’ve probably spent quite a bit of time over the years saving for your retirement and planning out what you’ll do. But have you made a plan for your assets after you’re unable to manage them? . . . (Full story)

Retirees burdened by student loans
Last Modified: 6/12/2017
When you think of student loan debt, do you think of retirees? It may come as a surprise, but the number of people age 60 and older with student loan debt quadrupled—to more than 2.8 million—in the past decade. Unfortunately, many of these older borrowers are retired and struggling to make payments. Learn more about these loans and options for relief. . . . (Full story)

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