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We’re making your financial health our mission every week with our personal finance podcast, MakingCents. Join us as we explore ways to help you stay in control of your wallet and make sense of your money.

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Episode 0: Start MakingCents of Your Money

Navy Federal Credit Union is launching a new financial wellness podcast called MakingCents, where we’ll be making your financial health our mission. Every week, our host Emily Bigham will chat with personal finance experts to break down topics important to servicemembers and their families. We’ll provide you with actionable advice, tools, tricks and tips to set you up for financial success. The goal is simple: we want to help you make sense of your money. Join us by subscribing on Apple Podcasts®, Spotify or Google Podcasts™.

Episode List

Episode 1: Saving for the Holiday Season 

While you should always be focused on saving, with the holiday season right around the corner, Navy Federal's Senior Vice President of Savings Products, Jaspreet Chawla, gives us the lowdown on what you should be focused on right now. 

You can expect: 

  • a discussion around short-term savings 
  • tips on best practices to save and spend reasonably around the holidays

GUEST: Jaspreet Chawla is Navy Federal's Senior Vice President of Savings Products. With over 15 years of experience at Navy Federal, she manages the strategy and performance of all savings and checking products.

Episode 2: How to Make Your Money Go Further in 2020 

The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the economy and left many Americans concerned. In this episode, we bring on Navy Federal's economist, Robert Frick, to discuss how the economy has shifted in 2020 and offer tips and tricks to make your money go further in this uncertain moment. 

You can expect: 

  • a discussion on how the economy has shifted in 2020
  • tips and tricks to make your money go further
  • veteran employment numbers

GUEST: Robert Frick is Navy Federal's corporate economist. An expert in behavioral economics, Robert was a local and national business journalist for 3 decades before joining Navy Federal.

Episode 3: Understanding the Value of VA Loans

VA loans are a great perk for servicemembers to take advantage of when buying or refinancing homes. In this episode, Navy Federal's Vice President of Field Mortgage, Kevin Parker, makes it clear what to expect when getting a VA loan, including understanding funding fees and navigating eligibility confirmation. 

You can expect: 

  • a discussion of VA loans, funding fees and obtaining a Certificate of Eligibility
  • tips on what you should be doing to make the most of a VA loan 

GUEST: Kevin Parker is Navy Federal's Vice President of Field Mortgage. A long-time mortgage professional, he has helped Navy Federal members become homeowners for the last 7 years.

Episode 4: What Servicemembers Need to Know About Transitioning to Civilian Life

Following Veterans Day, Navy Federal Regional Outreach Manager and retired U.S. Marine Corps Colonel, Clay Stackhouse, discusses important considerations during the transition to civilian life.

You can expect:

  • discussion around what to look for in a valuable civilian career
  • conversation around Navy Federal's "Best Cities After Service" list and tips for moving to a new city
  • tips for servicemembers focused on saving pre-transition

GUEST: Clay Stackhouse is a regional outreach manager with Navy Federal and a retired Marine Colonel. He spent 25 years as a Marine Aviator, traveling to 34 countries and completed 5 combat/contingency deployments.

Episode 5: What You Need to Know About Civilian Job Searching in 2021

If you’re a servicemember looking to transition to a civilian career or have already made the switch and are looking to take the next step in your career, the advice that Navy Federal career expert Jon Barton offers in this episode is for you.

You can expect:

  • tangible guidance to help servicemembers and veterans navigate career shifts in 2021
  • tips for how to translate your military service into civilian terms on a resume

GUEST: Jon Barton, a Marine Corps Sergeant and combat veteran, retired from service in 2010 to focus on his own business ideas. Jon vowed that any businesses he created would be dedicated to helping vets find jobs—guiding and mentoring risk-seekers like himself who were driven to become entrepreneurs.

Episode 6: Planning for Retirement During a Pandemic Part 1

In this episode, we share retirement planning guidance from our team at Navy Federal Financial Group. Hear from Kevin Driscoll, the group’s Vice President of Advisory Services and a certified financial planner of over 20 years, as he talks through what you need to know. Expect conversation around retirement planning, IRAs, the effect of COVID-19 on retirement accounts, tips to help you choose between blended retirement system vs. traditional 401(k) or IRA and more*.

GUEST: A financial advisor for more than 20 years, Kevin Driscoll is Vice President of Advisory Services at Navy Federal Financial Group.

*These products are not NCUA/NCUSIF or otherwise federally insured, are not guaranteed or obligations of Navy Federal Credit Union (NFCU), are not offered, recommended, sanctioned, or encouraged by the federal government, and may involve investment risk, including possible loss of principal.

Meet the Host

Emily Bigham

Emily Bigham is a leader in Credit Card Operations at Navy Federal and the host of our NEW podcast, MakingCents. With a background in personal finance, data analysis and public relations, Emily brings knowledge of every different stage in the financial journey. She believes that being financially successful isn’t about making a lot of money—it’s about being smart with the money you have.

She's passionate about service and refers to herself as a true Navy brat, having grown up traveling the globe with an Active Duty parent. Think of Emily as your personal finance guru and listen each week as she uncovers ways to help you stay financially fit.

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