Your Battle Plan

Like a soldier off to war, you can make sure your finances survive your absence. Just don't wait

More than 150,000 U.S. reserve troops have been deployed to the Persian Gulf and elsewhere, and before they left, most had only a few days to get their wills, insurance, bank and investment accounts and other financial affairs in order. You may not be worried about being shipped overseas at a moment's notice, but the sort of prep work that smart reservists and other military personnel do is just as valuable for anyone who might spend time away from home. And unless you never take a vacation or business trip, that means you. I live less than 10 miles from a...

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