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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)

Smart money move #10: Improve your financial health
Last Modified: 8/7/2017
Strengthen your financial knowledge and learn to build and protect your assets by becoming fiscally fit with Member Benefits. We have a variety of articles, calculators, how-to-tips, financial seminars, personal consultations, and more. . . . (Full story)

Smart money move #9: Take advantage of employee benefits
Last Modified: 6/29/2017
Looking to improve your financial position this year? You may have untapped benefits that can help you get the job done.  . . . (Full story)

Smart Money Move #8: Pay it forward
Last Modified: 6/20/2017
Many Wisconsin public school employees attribute their participation in our retirement and insurance programs to someone who shared their experience and encouraged them to take action. Now is a good time to pay it forward by mentoring a colleague. You don't have to be an expert, just someone who's passionate about helping people learn—educators helping educators. . . . (Full story)

Smart Money Move #7: Find someone to trust
Last Modified: 5/22/2017
Whether you're just starting out or are close to retirement, there may be a time when you need to talk to someone about your financial situation. The first question you might ask yourself is...Do I need a financial planner? If the answer is yes, you need to do a little research first. . . . (Full story)

Smart Money Move #6: Turn debt into savings
Last Modified: 4/24/2017
Getting out of debt requires you to spend less money than you earn on a consistent, long-term basis. Debt reduction helps to increase your credit score, reduce stress, and helps you reach your financial goals faster. To be successful requires discipline, but it's easier than you think. Here are five steps to get your debt in check. . . . (Full story)

Smart Money Move #5: Build your financial savvy
Last Modified: 2/27/2017
So...you want to start making more informed decisions about your finances. Congratulations! That's a great first step. But where to start? Fortunately, Member Benefits has some excellent online tools and resources to help you become a more savvy saver and spender. . . . (Full story)

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