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According to an ancient Chinese proverb, “The journey of a 1,000 miles begins with a single step.” That’s certainly true of financial planning. Whether its saving for a down payment on a house, starting a college fund or investing for retirement, your financial journey begins with a single step. And... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2012 at Executive Connections
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Can you remember the first time you put money into a savings account? In May, Congressional Federal held a “Financial Solutions Symposium Plus” workshop on Capitol Hill. We were fortunate to have as our kickoff speakers the co-chairs of the House Financial and Economic Literacy Caucus: U.S. Reps. Judy Biggert... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2012 at Executive Connections
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Financial services consumers are becoming more selective in their choice of financial institution, and credit union membership is on the rise. According to the Credit Union National Association, “overall, credit union loans grew by nearly 7 percent during the more than three-and-a-half years since the recession began. In contrast, over... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2012 at Executive Connections
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Recent reports have cited the signs of a recovering United States economy. Slowly but surely, jobs are being created and although the improvements may be slower than many of us would like, our economy is moving forward and our future looks brighter. As a result of the 2008 housing meltdown... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2012 at Executive Connections
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Welcome to Congressional Federal’s 2012 Executive Connections. As the President and CEO of your credit union, I am honored to lead an incredible group of professionals who are dedicated to assisting you, our members, and your families to achieve your life aspirations. Because we are a financial services co-operative, one... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2012 at Executive Connections
Unfortunately, when you get sick or injured, getting better is often not the only concern. Even if you have health insurance, you can get stuck with hefty medical bills. Some people feel that they have no choice but to ignore them or file for bankruptcy. However, there are many ways... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2011 at Executive Connections
Every year, American children receive over $15 billion in allowance, gifts and wages—reason enough to start teaching children money management and consumer skills at a young age. When children are young, parents and caregivers serve as the primary educators of financial literacy. They frequently also serve as role models for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2011 at Executive Connections
During National Breast Cancer Month, Congressional Federal would like to offer financial tips and tools to help promote your financial health. If you wish to learn more about Breast Cancer Awareness month, please visit: http://www.nbcam.org. Are you starting to save for your child’s future college education? Do you want to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2011 at Executive Connections
Test your financial literacy. Why? Because without a good handle on personal finances, we make poor spending decisions, don't save for emergencies, max out several credit cards, pay higher interest rates, have our identities stolen, make poor investment choices, and underestimate our financial needs in retirement. So take the quiz.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2010 at Executive Connections
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue--nothing more than a sentimental wedding tradition, unless the something borrowed is thousands of dollars to pay for the big day. Here are practical tips to help newlyweds and their parents avoid postwedding money troubles. Budget. You won't be in for a shock... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2010 at Executive Connections
Now's the time to start getting your holiday lists together. If you aren't smart about holiday spending, you could find yourself in trouble before the icing dries on the cookies. You can avoid financial mishaps by using simple spending strategies for this year's shopping season: Create a spending plan—To track... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2010 at Executive Connections
Selling your house can be a profitable venture if you take the time to plan, prepare, and handle the sale like the business transaction it is. Otherwise, selling your house can be an expensive, time-consuming, and frustrating ordeal. Some disadvantages to selling your house without the help of a real... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2010 at Executive Connections
Ads promoting auto dealership sales incentives such as 0% financing, low-rate financing, or rebates can be enticing, but read the fine print before getting too excited. Ads often sound like anyone qualifies and rates are good on just about any vehicle. Often this is not the case. It's not unusual... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2010 at Executive Connections
Money can wreck a relationship. In fact, how they spend, save, and account for money is one of the leading sources of friction between couples. In virtually every study, money ranks as the first or second most argued-about topic for twosomes of all types. Try to avoid these four common... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2010 at Executive Connections
Whether you're downsized, laid off, or just plain fired, losing your job is a traumatic event. The following tips can help you stretch your budget and your benefits to cover family needs until you find another job. · Cut costs wherever possible. Try not to incur additional debt. Work with... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2010 at Executive Connections
You have goals. You borrow money to reach those goals. And as a credit union member, you can take advantage of low interest rate loans that your credit union offers. What are common reasons for borrowing money? Home improvements, for one. You may decide to renovate your kitchen, add a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2010 at Executive Connections
Your finances and the decisions you make about them change over time and are different from your neighbor's, your boss', or your parents'. Still, some broad guidelines may help you get a handle on your financial plans. How much should you be saving? The conventional wisdom is to accumulate three... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2010 at Executive Connections
Wireless phone contracts are like an all-you-can-eat buffet--you over-indulge yourself because it's there and you paid for it, not because you need it. A standard wireless service still can be an excellent value for heavy users but if you're looking to trim a few inches off your budget, á la... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2010 at Executive Connections
As you manage your money, using online technology gives the environment some needed help—and helps you save time and the money you're managing. It may not seem significant, but when you look at the number of financial transactions you make each month, multiplied by the number of people doing the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2010 at Executive Connections
Household appliances are the workhorses that wash our clothes, heat our water, keep our homes comfortable in any kind of weather, and much more. Performing these tasks consumes more than 70% of the energy we use in our homes, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). If you've been... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2010 at Executive Connections
Do the poor economy and ballooning grocery prices have you ready to forgo food? While you can't change the economy, you can save money on your grocery bills. "One way to save is by using basic buying strategies that apply to everyone," says George Barany, director of financial education for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2010 at Executive Connections
by BlondieWrites on July 7, 2010 from Frugal Simplicity (www.frugalsimplicity.com) Financial Emergency? Quick Cuts to Put More Money in Your Pocket Batten down the hatches! If you’ve just suffered a reduction in income, gotten a huge medical bill, or otherwise have a desperate need to tighten the financial belt immediately,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2010 at Executive Connections
Whether it's for business or pleasure, preparing for your first excursion outside the U.S. is exciting. But how do you figure out which travel documents will get you to your destination—and back home again? Here are the documents you may need as you plan for your trip abroad: * Passport... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2010 at Executive Connections
If you're as worried about climate change on the planet as you are about climate control inside your car, it's now easier to pick out the greenest vehicle that meets your needs and budget. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—which regulates tailpipe pollutants as well as measures gas mileage—has combined... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2010 at Executive Connections
You've just finished school, you're moving out of your parent's house, or you're bored with your furniture and want something new, but you can't afford designer digs. If you find yourself in any of these scenarios, you still can give your place some serious style with a little creativity and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2010 at Executive Connections