5 Tips for Financial Wellness in Volatile Markets

In volatile markets, keep a steady hand on your retirement investing Current global fears about the coronavirus COVID-19 in recent weeks have been brutal to the market sending stocks plunging. We understand that seeing your retirement investments being taken on a rollercoaster ride can be an unnerving and scary experience. But here’s the thing: Big…

Putting an Estate Plan in Place in Just One Week

If you have ever lost a loved one, you know just how difficult it can be to function after such a terrible loss. The reality is that when one of your loved ones passes, someone in your family is going to have to move quickly to make decisions, divvy up responsibilities, and plan for the…

Member Benefit: Free Financial Planning from EY

WAEPA understands that your financial wellness is important, which is why we’ve partnered with EY to provide you with access to financial tools and planners for free. We work directly with EY to give you a high-quality, completely private service that provides help with all your money-related matters. Your personal financial information is private and…

How Are 2019 GS Pay Scales with Locality Calculated?

Regardless of your tenure as a Civilian Federal Employee, it’s important to understand your salary and how it is calculated to ensure financial security. At the end of 2018, your financial situation will change by locality under the 2019 General Schedule (GS) pay scale, and you may wonder exactly how these changes will impact you…

Do you have enough emergency savings?

Life happens. And sometimes, it brings a financial hardship to your doorstep, leaving you scrambling to find the cash needed to handle the unexpected and often, unwelcome situation.   Twenty-three percent of Americans have zero savings to turn to in an emergency, according to a recent survey by Bankrate.com. Many people turn to credit cards…

Understanding What Financial Wellness Means For Your Family

Money and stress are two sides of the same coin. Millions of families live on the financial edge, which can lead to a significant monetary crisis if an unexpected setback occurs. If you don’t have substantial savings or reserves, then it’s time to seriously think about stabilizing your future. Improving financial wellness should be a…

Getting College Funding When You’re A Federal Employee

When your children are ready to earn a college education, the subject of college funds will inevitably arise. During that discussion, it’s important that you are able to empower your children to get a good education without going into debt. A college education is expensive, and if inflation keeps up, the price of tuition is…