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Posts by Michael Swaleh

Hot Topic: Transitioning to Civilian Life

Sometimes, it just doesn’t take an advanced marketing degree or high priced think-tank to spot an emerging trend (nice beard).  Anyone that follows the lives, interests and struggles of military veterans can see that while it has always been a challenge, the all-important transitioning from Military to Civilian life has been more in focus in…

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The Things They Carried Too

A Modern Reaction to the Classic Tim O’Brien Short Story, “The Things They Carried” Today’s post has nothing to do with Finance, but everything to do with making a living in America upon returning home from War.  My brother, Shaun Swaleh, is a former Sergeant in the 101st Airborne division of the U.S. Army.  He was…

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How to Obtain Your COE

Follow Up: How to Obtain Your COE (Certificate of Eligibility) Online In response to our detailed article showing examples of how to use you COE in the real world, we received a few questions about exactly how to obtain your COE in the first place.  We see no reason to reinvent the wheel, as the…

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Do 529 Plans Make Sense for Military Families?

With the GI Bill, Other Benefits, and Rising College Costs, How Much do 529 Plans Make Sense for Military Families? Last week we explored the possibility of transferring Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits to your spouse or children, and hinted towards the alternative of investing in 529 Plans to supplement college expenses.  We also discussed…

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Risk Taking – In Life and In Money

Why is Risking Your Money Harder for Some than Risking Your Life? “A ship is always safe at the shore – but that is NOT what it is built for.” ― Albert Einstein This post is a result of about a dozen ad-hoc conversations that Joel and I have had with different people over the past…

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FATW: Transferring Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits to Your Children

Found Around the Web: The Military Wallet Discusses Post 911 GI Bill Benefits, and Paying for College Tuition and Expenses Yes, that child is adorable, and no, it isn’t a random stock photo.  That’s my nephew, Weston Scott Swaleh.  I found him a fitting choice to represent this material because his daddy, my brother Shaun,…

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How to Shed 20 Pounds in 30 Days

Shed 20 pounds in 30 days…by refinancing your mortgage     Fun fact for you: a dollar bill weighs exactly 1-gram, or roughly a thirtieth of an ounce, in case you’ve ever wondered.   So, a pound of cash, as you might say, would be worth exactly $453.59.  Take that to your next trivia night. …

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The 30 Year Fixed: Insurance You Probably Don’t Need

Bonus: Anti 30 Year Fixed Propaganda   Quick bonus coverage from my post earlier today: I mentioned that I wanted you to remember Part B from that material.  In case you forgot (tsk tsk) here it is again: B) the VAST majority of mortgages are held for less than 10 years You’re average Loan Officer…

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