The National Do Not Call Registry was created to stop sales calls from real companies. It’s free to register your home or mobile phone number.
Call-Blocking Information Resources:
You can find a list of call-blocking apps for mobile phones at “citia.org” – a website for the U.S. Wireless Communication Industry. The site lists apps specific to Android, BlackBerry, iOS (Apple), or Windows devices.
The Personal Financial Readiness Team provides information, education, and personal financial counseling to help individuals and their families maintain financial stability and reach financial goals. Seminars, classes and individualized guidance are offered in the areas of budgeting, credit and debt management, home buying, car buying, saving, investing, consumer protection, and general money management.
Subject-matter experts work closely with Peterson AFB leadership to provide proactive classes and individual counseling in areas of specific need.
For more information about these programs, call 719-556-6141.
We’re in the second week of Military Consumer Month – here are this week’s Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) storm tweets.
• Technology has made it cheap and easy for scammers to make illegal calls and fake caller ID information. Imposter scams often come by illegal robocall. Don’t believe them. Here are some steps you can take. https://go.usa.gov/xmeu8
• Gift cards are a popular and convenient way for scammers to steal money from you. That’s because gift cards are like cash: if you buy a gift card and someone uses it, you probably cannot get your money back. https://youtu.be/HfHI6ToZff4
• It’s Military Consumer Month. Imposter scams often come by illegal robocall. Consider protecting yourself with technology like a call blocking app or device. To learn more, go to FTC.gov/calls https://go.usa.gov/xmeu8
• Gift cards are for gifts, not payments. Anyone who demands payment by gift card is always a scammer. That’s a sure sign of a scam. Every time. https://youtu.be/HfHI6ToZff4
• If you paid a scammer with a gift card, tell the company that issued the card right away that it was used in a scam; ask for a refund. If you act quickly enough, the company might be able to get your money back. Learn more: https://go.usa.gov/xmeJu
• Report robocalls at ftc.gov/complaint. The more the FTC hears from you, the more they can help fight scams.
Military Consumer Month is here! Given the upcoming holiday, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is sharing the following information.
- July is Military Consumer Month. Imposter scams topped the list of frauds reported by military consumers last year, with total losses of $34 million. Learn more from @MilConsumer and @FTC about avoiding imposter scams: https://go.usa.gov/xmuaa
- Visit Military Consumer: https://go.usa.gov/xmua5 for information about some of the most prevalent scams and the tricks imposters use.
- You can connect with the FTC during Military Consumer Month on social media – follow @MilConsumer and join the conversations at #MilConsumer2019
- If you have seen or been affected by a scam you can report it to the FTC at: gov/complaint. Your story could help someone avoid that scam and could help the FTC stop the scammers.
- Watch this video to learn more. [Video – https://youtu.be/2DocHwQF_nE
- DoD FinRed is hosting a FBLive Q&A on Friday, July 12 at 11am, ET.
For addition information and guidance on this or any financial question, visit or call your Peterson AFB Personal Financial Counselor at the Airman & Family Readiness Center, 719-556-6141.
FINANCIAL COMMERCIAL SOLICITATION
Financial Commercial Solicitation is an issue at most military installations as outside financial organizations many times try to provide financial guidance on military installations without authority.
Updated guidance on AFI 36-2925 “PERSONAL COMMERCIAL SOLICITATION ON AIR FORCE INSTALLATIONS” states as follows:
“2.5. Financial Educational Programs.
2.5.1. The Airman and Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) shall develop and disseminate information and provide educational programs for members of the Air Force on their personal financial affairs, including such subjects as insurance, Government benefits, savings, budgeting, and other financial education and assistance requirements. The A&FRC shall ensure that all instructors are qualified as appropriate for the subject matter presented. The services of representatives of authorized on-base banks and credit unions may be used for this purpose. Under no circumstances shall commercial agents, including representatives of loan, finance, insurance, or investment companies, be used for this purpose. Presentations shall only be conducted at the express request of the installation commander.
Any Active Duty, Reserve, Retired member or DoD Civilian is encouraged to contact us on any financial services to include Investments, Thrift Saving Plan (TSP), Securities and Life Insurance needs they may have.
We are available to present at any military function such as Commander’s Calls, Office Meetings, Group Meetings and specific Financial Presentations you may need for your organization.
Contact the Airman & Family Readiness Center, Financial Counselor at 719-556-6141 for more information.
For appointments or questions contact: The Peterson AFB Personal Financial Manager at 719-556-6141 or email@example.com
THRIFT SAVINGS PLAN (TSP) – CHANGES TO THE LIFECYCLE (L) FUNDS
TSP is planning adjustments to the L Funds in an effort to improve your investment outcomes.
Effective in January 2019 you would have noticed an increased exposure to International Stocks (I Fund) from 30% to 35% of the overall stock allocation in all L Funds.
To read the complete document, click here.
What Do I Do and Where To Go For Assistance?
(Active Duty, Reserve, Guard, Retired or Civilians)
Are you enrolled in the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), but really don’t know where your investment money is going?
Are you someone that wants to sign up for TSP, but just doesn’t understand how to or in what fund to invest in?
Are you new to the military or Civil Service and just don’t know much about TSP?
Many folks both military and civilian, find out after several years after enrolling in TSP that their money was going to a TSP Fund that really is not making them any money or they put off making a decision due to not understanding what and how to invest.
Do you fit any of these scenarios or a similar scenario? Call us to set up a one-on-one appointment so we can answer your financial questions (TSP, Investing, Savings, Budgeting, Spending Plans, Home or Auto Buying, Blended Retirement System (BRS). We can assist all Active Duty, Reserve, Guard, Retired or Civilians – Come see us.
For more information, call the Airman & Family Readiness Center at 719-556-6141 and ask to speak to the Thrift Savings Plan’s Team Lead (who’s an Accredited Financial Counselor).
The new Blended Retirement System (BRS) is now in place as of 1 January 2018. Those military personnel grandfathered under the old Legacy Retirement System who wish to remain under the Legacy System do not have to do anything other than completing the BRS Opt-In Course! The BRS Opt-in Course is mandatory to ensure all eligible personnel as aware of their options.
Eligible personnel wanting to enroll into the new BRS must go to: mypay.dfas.mil using their CAC or password to enroll. The enrollment period is from January 1 – December 31, 2018. Be aware, the earlier you enroll, the quicker you start receiving your matching funds if you’ve met the vested requirements of two years in service.
HISTORIC INFORMATION LEADING TO THE BRS: Eighty percent of our troops leave service before 20 years are up… And in the current system, if they leave before 20 years, they leave with nothing. [BRS] creates a choice that opens up opportunity and allows us to be similar to other [civilian] institutions and therefore competitive with them in getting people to join us and stick with us.” – Defense Secretary Ash Carter
- The Fiscal Year 2016 Nation Defense Authorization Act created a new military retirement system that blends the traditional legacy retirement pension with a defined contribution to Service members’ Thrift Savings Plan account. The new Blended Retirement System goes into effect on January 1, 2018.
- All members serving as of December 31, 2017, are grandfathered under the legacy retirement system. No one currently-serving will be automatically switched to the Blended Retirement System.
- Though they are grandfathered under the legacy retirement system, Active Component Service members who entered the military after December 31, 2005, and Reserve Component Service members who have accrued fewer than 4,320 retirement points prior to January 1, 2018, will have the option to opt into the Blended Retirement System or remaining in the legacy retirement system. The opt-in/election period for the Blended Retirement System begins January 1, 2018, and concludes on December 31, 2018.
- For BRS Resources go to: http://militarypay.defense.gov/BlendedRetirement/
- For more information, please call the Personal Financial Readiness office at A&FRC, 719-556-6141.
- All Service members who enter the military on or after January 1, 2018, will automatically be enrolled in BRS.
Have A Financial Question?
Do you have a financial question you wish someone could answer for you? Your Airman & Family Readiness Center at Peterson AFB can help. One-on-one financial counseling is available to all military members at Peterson AFB. Classes covering areas of finance are held on a monthly basis. For more information, please call 719-556-6141.
Don’t have time to come? Email us your financial questions. We will research and respond to your questions within three business days. Most questions are answered within 24 hours. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you may call us at 719-556-6141 (DSN 834-6141).
NOTE: If you have an inquiry regarding your military pay, please contact Finance Customer Service at 719-556-4770 or email them at email@example.com. If you have an inquiry regarding your civilian pay, please contact the Civilian Pay Help Desk at 719-556-4765 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Personal Financial Readiness Classes Offered at Peterson AFB
Provides education, information and counseling to DoD personnel and their families on a wide range of personal finance topics. Classes are offered on a regular basis. For details, call 719-556-6141.
- Bundles for Babies – Addresses budgeting for baby, investing for the future, calming the baby, and shaken baby syndrome. Open to all ranks and services, but only active duty Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps families may receive an Air Force Aid Society bundle valued at more than $75. Held quarterly.
- Car Buying – Learn how to get the best deal on a new or used car purchase. Offered to on-on-one or to group class.
- Estate Planning – A will may not be enough to protect your family. Discover why an estate plan can benefit anyone with valuable assets. A must for single parents, mil-to-mil and parents of children with special needs. Held quarterly.
- Financial Planning – You must bring a copy of your Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) and a list of all monthly expenses.
- First Term Airman Center (FTAC) – Mandatory for all first duty station Airmen E4 and below. Topics include checkbook management, budgeting, saving and investing, debt and credit management, and local area consumer issues.
- Home Buying – Find out about real estate financing options, items to consider, the normal process before buying, considerations on choosing a home and much more.
- Investing Today – Discussion of investing terms such as risk tolerance, trade, stock brokering and more. This class highlights why you use different products to meet life goals. There is a heavy emphasis on retirement planning to include information on the civilian and military Thrift Savings Plans. Open to all.
- Small Business Seminar – Learn steps essential to establishing a small business, especially regarding taxes. Conducted by SCORE. A $15 fee for materials may be collected.
- Thrift Savings Plan – Get information on the investing options, retirement plan, and process to get started. Offered as a class or one-on-one. Click here for Understanding Your Thrift Savings Plan information sheet. For additional perspective, this Thrift Savings Play: Fund Comparison Matrix might be helpful.
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