MILITARY FINANCIAL LITERACY
Members of the armed services can be deployed on short notice, leaving little time to address their personal or business affairs. Insurance coverage is often affected when someone moves out of state or spends extended time away from home. Upon retirement and reenlistment, military members are often targets for securities fraud and salespeople pushing high-pressure, high-priced, questionable investments.
FINANCIAL DO’S AND DON’TS
- Review your insurance coverage before you deploy to decide if the coverage amounts will meet your needs while you are away.
- Consider buying additional coverage or policies, suspending coverage, and paying premiums to avoid unintended lapses or cancellations in coverage.
- Put an active duty alert on your credit report. This free service notifies creditors to take extra precautions to verify your identity before issuing new lines of credit, which could prevent identity theft.
- Be wary of salespeople pushing high-priced investment opportunities who target members of the military after they receive a substantial windfall, whether at retirement, from a reenlistment bonus, or deployment pay.
- Basics of saving, spending, and planning for your financial future—FINRA
- Kiplinger’s Financial Field Manual
- Savings and Investing for Military Personnel (SEC)
- Before investing on your own, visit brokercheck.finra.org to make sure the company is accredited
- If you are using an investment advisor, visit adviserinfo.sec.gov to check if the individual and/or firm is registered
DEPLOYMENT AND RELOCATION TASKS
CAPITAL FORMATION AND STARTING A BUSINESS