Tuesday, December 07, 2004
In the last year or so over 1,500 soldiers have to come to this site looking for more information about First Command Financial Planning, the financial services firm that is force-fed to Americans in uniform. According to my traffic stats, so far this morning the Army, Navy and Marine Corps have all come a-knockin', and it's only 0900.
Alternatives to First Command Financial Planning.
First Command is notorious for charging exorbitant fees that have been outlawed from the civilian world where there is more competition for individual investments, and for selling inappropriate and overpriced life insurance to young men and women who are putting their money in as much danger as their lives. See the earlier posts "First Command, last resort, Parts 1, 2, and 3" for more details.
The good news is this — you can do better. Your best defense against unscrupulous profiteers sticking their hands into your pockets is to educate yourself. Since you're already on the Internet looking for more information, you might consider taking a look at these sites:
covers a lot of the basics of managing your money.
360 Degrees of Financial Literacy
offers an overview of money management and investing.
That's just education, which is useless unless you follow it with action. When you're ready to start plunking down some money, take a look at the firms that offer investments:
has a miilitary-friendly approach to investing with none of the baggage that First Command has.
is another stable company known for solid management and low expenses, in stark contrast to First Command which is known for the exact opposite.
If you want me to cover something more specifically on this site, leave a comment or email me. I can't give individual advice but I can try to point you in the right direction.
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Alternatives to First Command Financial Planning
First Command, last resort, Part 3
Stealing $50K from a widow: Wells Real Estate
Leo Wells, REITs and divine wealth
Sex-crazed Red State teenagers
What I hate: a manifesto
Spawn of Darleen Druyun
All-American high school sex party
Why is Ken Lay smiling?
Poppy's Enron birthday party
The Saudi money laundry and the president's uncle
The sentence of Enron's John Forney
The holiness of Neil Bush's marriage
The Silence of Cheney: a poem
South Park Christians
Capitalist against Bush: Warren Buffett
Fastow childen vs. Enron children
Give your prescription money to your old boss
Neil Bush, hard-working matchmaker
Republicans against fetuses and pregnant women
Emboldened Ken Lay
Please die for me so I can skip your funeral
A brief illustrated history of the Republican Party
Soldiers become accountants
Beware the Merrill Lynch mob
Darleen Druyun's $5.7 billion surprise
First responder funding
Hoovering the country
First Command fifty percent load
Ken Lay and the Atkins diet
Leave no CEO behind
August in Crawford
Profitable slave labor at Halliburton
Tom Hanks + Mujahideen
Sharon & Neilsie Bush
One weekend a month, or eternity
Is the US pumping Iraqi oil to Kuwait?
Seth Glickenhaus: Capitalist against Bush
Martha's blow job
Mark Belnick: Tyco Catholic nut
Cheney's deferred Halliburton compensation
Jeb sucks sugar cane
Poindexter & LifeLog
American Family Association panic
Riley Bechtel and the crony economy
The Book of Sharon (Bush)
The Art of Enron
Waiting in Kuwait: Jay Garner
What's an Army private worth?
Barbara Bodine, Queen of Baghdad
Sneaky bastards at Halliburton
Golf course and barbecue military strategy
Enron at large
Cracker Chic 2
No business like war business
Martha Stewart vs. Thomas White
Roger Kimball, disappointed Republican poetry fan
Cheney, Lay, Afghanistan
Terry Lynn Barton, crimes of burning
Feasting at the Cheney trough
Who would Jesus indict?
Return of the Carlyle Group
Duct tape is for little people
GOP and bad medicine
Sears Tower vs Mt Rushmore
Crooked playing field
John O'Neill: The man who knew
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