1. The kids have finally fled the nest and you’re left with a house full of stuff and rooms you’ll never use. Unless you’re looking to construct a time capsule, it’s probably time to downsize your life. That means getting rid of those old newspapers and kindergarten art masterpieces and finding somewhere that accommodates your new […]
    Nov 12, 2018
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  2. Regret falls across the land Concert tickets that cost a grand People wander in search of cash Buying junk and spending fast And whosoever should be here Spending their savings on tchotchkes and beer Must stand and face the confession booth To teach us lessons and give us truth The stench of green is in the air Thoughts of money no longer there Shiny new products behind every door Lose your mind when entering the store Tempting forces that you can’t see Make you lose your currency For no mere mortal can resist The capital offense of the Spender
  3. Buying a new home presents an exciting opportunity to explore new designs and patterns available in new and recently updated homes making their way into the market. Your new home presents an opportunity to incorporate the latest trends into a style that’s entirely your own, a blank slate to express your personality and shape your […]
    Oct 3, 2018
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  4. The past few years saw a flurry of articles breathlessly warning of the death of retail, crediting online shopping for its demise. But this narrative isn’t entirely accurate. Retail actually grew in 2017, with the industry seeing a net increase of 4,000 store openings and a 4.2% increase in sales. Curiously, it seems that the […]
  5. Starting college can be one of the most exciting, scary, frustrating, and revelatory times in a young person’s life. While you’re having to adjust to the rigors of university-level work, you’re also expected to magically become an adult at the same time. Oftentimes, academia and social lives become so prevalent that it’s easy to overlook […]
  6. Going back to at least the 1950s, starter homes have been one of the best ways for families to initiate their homeownership journey. While there’s no specific definition, starter homes generally feature one to two bedrooms and are priced under $200,000 according to Trulia. Due to the crippling effects of the Great Recession, starter homes […]
    Aug 6, 2018
    3 min read
  7. Do you remember Harry Markopolos? As a financial analyst for a Boston investment firm, Markopolos was asked to reverse engineer Bernie Madoff’s trading strategy and revenue streams. The unregistered hedge fund was producing stratospheric returns and the investment firm wanted to duplicate Madoff’s success. According to an interview with 60 Minutes, Markopolos said it took […]
    Jul 11, 2018
    3 min read
Disclosures

Rene Almazan is a senior vice president for Vantage West Credit Union, a $1.9-billion financial institution which serves a growing membership of nearly 150,000 via branches across Arizona and online channels, as well. Vantage West offers consumer and business banking services, and is federally insured by NCUA. Loans subject to approval. Certain restrictions and fees may apply. VantageWest.org