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It’s a new year and a popular resolution for many is to improve their financial situation. “Now is a great time to take stock of your financial well-being” says Navy Federal Credit Union President and CEO Cutler Dawson. For three years now I’ve been endorsing Navy Federal Credit Union. I put my name behind Navy Federal because I’ve been a member for 15 years.
For nearly 80 years Navy Federal has been serving the military with programs and services tailored to the military lifestyle and not offered to those outside the armed forces. Some of those services include (but aren’t limited to) outstanding free checking accounts and interest rates on auto loans and mortgages. Last year we were a pre-approved for a 2.99% auto loan for our new SUV.
2013 is a good time to map out a smart money strategy that doesn’t involve unnecessary fees and expenses other banks charge their members. For example Navy Federal’s active duty checking account is free and members can earn dividends as well as receive up to $20 in free ATM rebates each month. I don’t know about you, but if I found a $20 bill on the ground at the end of each month, I sure wouldn’t pass it up.
If you (or a family member) is currently serving in the military (even you DoD Contractors) I encourage you to visit navyfederal.org and see for yourself.
Navy Federal is financially solid and federally insured by the NCUA.
- Windows 8 is set for release this week. CNET's Larry Magid takes a look and offers his thoughts.
- The CIA is urging the White House to approve a significant expansion of the agency's fleet of armed drones, a move that would extend the spy service's decade-long transformation into a paramilitary force, U.S. officials said. The proposal by CIA Director David H. Petraeus would bolster the agency's ability to sustain its campaigns of lethal strikes in Pakistan and Yemen and enable it, if directed, to shift aircraft to emerging al-Qaeda threats in North Africa or other trouble spots, officials said. If approved, the CIA could add as many as 10 drones, the officials said, to an inventory that has ranged between 30 and 35 over the past few years. The outcome has broad implications for counterterrorism policy and whether the CIA gradually returns to being an organization focused mainly on gathering intelligence, or remains a central player in the targeted killing of terrorism suspects abroad. In the past, officials from the Pentagon and other departments have raised concerns about the CIA's expanding arsenal and involvement in lethal operations, but a senior Defense official said that the Pentagon had not opposed the agency's current plan. Officials from the White House, the CIA and the Pentagon declined to comment on the proposal. Officials who discussed it did so on the condition of anonymity, citing the sensitive nature of the subject. One U.S. official said the request reflects a concern that political turmoil across the Middle East and North Africa has created new openings for al-Qaeda and its affiliates. What can be gained from expanding the CIA's drone fleet? How important of a move is this? Former CIA Operative and Author of The Natanz Directive: A Jake Conlan Thriller Wayne Simmons chats with Tony.
- Video games at work?? Well, not PS3 type games. At some companies, there's no need to hide your computer when working. Companies like Cerner Corp., an electronic medical records provider based in Kansas City, Mo., actually sanction game playing, so long as you're playing one of the brain games it offers as part of its employee wellness program. Cerner and a handful of other companies are using get-smart software, called MyBrainSolutions, to help employees improve concentratio n, focus and memory, help manage stress, increase their positive thinking and boost their overall executive function. The brain games dovetail another trend of companies offering social gaming-based employee wellness programs. "We put such an emphasis on our physical health that we thought it was time to put an emphasis on our mental health," said Arielle Bogorad, director of benefi ts, strategy and wellness initiatives at Cerner. The company just completed a 12-week pilot program to see whether employees liked it. They did. About 2,000 employees signed up, more than was expected. It's something everyone can do for their emotional health, without the stigma of seeking psychological help, said Bogorad, although she was quick to add that the games are not a replacement for seeing a specialist if someone has more serious mental health issues. The 28 games are based on scientific literature from neuroscience and cognitive behavior, said Gregory B ayer, CEO of Brain Resource Inc., which developed the software. The company has also conducted its own research into the program's effectiveness. The percentage of employees who participate in the brain games software ranges from between 10 and 30 percent. That compares to typical wellness programs, which tend to have about 10 to 15 percent participation rates. Can playing computer games at work really improve mental well-being? Joining Tony this morning is employee morale expert and author of “No Jerks on the Job” Ron Newton.
- What did the White House know and when did they know it? New emails are beginning to surface surrounding the attack on the US Consulate in Libya. CBS News Military Analyst Mike Lyons sits down with Tony this morning.