Members Circle
a newsletter for Alliant members

Setting family priorities

Are you in sync with your spouse in handling your family finances? Do you share the same goals, responsibilities and financial plan? Jean Chatzky provides six steps to help you and your spouse get and keep on the same page financially.

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Beware of the stranded man hoax

Beware of emails that begin with phrases, such as “I’m writing to you with tears in my eyes.” You may be the recipient of a scam message by someone who has hacked your friend’s email account. Learn about the “stranded man” hoax and how to avoid being victimized by it.

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Don’t get zapped by the new IRA rollover rule

Effective January 1, 2015, you can only make one tax-free rollover per 365 days between your IRA accounts, regardless of how many IRAs you own. You can still make unlimited transfers between IRAs without tax consequences. Learn the difference between an IRA rollover and an IRA transfer and exceptions to the new rollover rule.

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Your feedback improves our members’ experience

Alliant wants all our members to receive friendly, efficient and personalized service. To help us succeed with this mission, we’d love to get your feedback. Read how Alliant reaches out for member input via surveys and product reviews. Learn how recent feedback has helped us make upgrades in providing best-in-class member experiences.

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Meet Alliant’s 2014 National Education Program winners

More than 100 students competed in Alliant’s 2014 National Education Program for gift cards redeemable for computers and related items. These young scholars (and Alliant members) harnessed their imaginations – as well as a variety of media – to respond to the questions “What do I want to be when I grow up?” and “How can a computer enrich my education?” Read about the winners.

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Will you find a credit card in a Millennial’s wallet? Not likely.

Look into a Millennial’s wallet and what are the odds that you’ll see a credit card? Only 37%! Millennials, after weathering the Great Recession and becoming averse to financial risk, generally see a credit card as a means to spend money they don’t have and a sure-fire way to go into deep debt. Meanwhile, in the long term, by not using credit cards as a credit building tool, they could be putting their future credit at risk.

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The economics of Thanksgiving

If you’re like 88% of American households, you will sit down for a Thanksgiving dinner with a turkey. That turkey will weigh, on average, 16 pounds, and you’ll end up eating 3,000 calories. You’ll also be participating in one of the most crucial days in the U.S. economy. Learn some facts and stats about this special holiday and how you might save some money and eat fewer calories this year.

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Light it right—and save

Lighting is vital to your home decor. The light bulb you choose has a big impact on your utility bill. Learn which bulbs are excellent money-savers and how you can use motion sensors and natural light to save money and compliment your decorating style.

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