MakingCents of Your Finances With the Navy Federal Podcast

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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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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.

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.

Meet the Host: Emily Bigham

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