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Financial Advisory Services

USSFCU Financial Advisory Services

Our partnership with Fellows ensures that all members have access to personalized financial advice. As fiduciaries, Fellows’ advisors uphold a duty of loyalty, fairness, and good faith towards each client.

Located in the Greater Washington area, Fellows Financial Group is an independent financial boutique committed to helping all individuals improve their financial lives and achieve their long-term goals. Not only do Fellows' advisors offer a depth of experience and industry knowledge, but they appreciate the value of building a relationship and genuinely care about their client's needs and successes. It is their mission to provide sound customized financial advice in the best interest of our members.

Fellows' advisors are available to consult with all USSFCU members on a wide range of topics including financial planning, wealth management, retirement planning, and more. Give them a call, send them an email, or use the button below to schedule a video consultation.

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Call: 571.205.1515  | Email: [email protected]

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Financial Services

Goal-Based Financial Planning

Fellows' goal-based planning services will help you map out a path that replaces daily stress and worries with confidence and achievement. They'll begin by helping you identify what you value the most, then structure your life toward achieving your dreams without sacrificing those values. 


Investment Advisory Services

Fellows' investment advisory services will help you apply discipline to your investment options while working toward financial independence. Experienced advisors will work with you to develop a strategy for selecting, monitoring, and managing your investments, ensuring your investment portfolio stays within your desired level of risk.


Retirement Planning

Fellows advisors can help you build funds for the ultimate long-term goal, retirement. And then, once you’re retired or nearing retirement, they can help ensure you’re able to keep your money safe.


Estate & Legacy Planning

Fellows' estate and legacy planning services can help you transfer your wealth to the next generation, whether that’s family, friends, or charitable causes. By asking questions and listening to your visions and dreams, Fellows will help you put a plan in place that will allow your family to survive without you and your legacy to live on.


Personal Insurance

Fellows' insurance advisors will take time to understand your unique situation and identify and eliminate gaps in coverage that might leave you exposed. From auto insurance to home insurance and everything in between, they’re in the business of helping people protect what they value the most.


Business Advisory Services

In addition to personal financial advisory services, our partnership with Fellows allows USSFCU business account holders access to various business advisory and planning services.



What is financial planning?

Done right, financial planning is a process that helps you figure out where you are financially today, where you want to be in the future, and then helps you determine a suitable way to get there. With Fellows Financial Group advisors, the process involves an initial in-depth review of a client’s current financial situation and then creating a blueprint on how to manage future goals and objectives.

What is a financial planner or advisor?

A financial planner is someone who uses the financial planning process to help you determine how to pursue your life goals. A financial planner's key function is to help people identify their financial planning needs, their present priorities, and the products that are most suitable to address their needs. They normally possess detailed knowledge of a wide range of financial planning tools and products, but their major role is to help clients choose the appropriate products for each specific need. The planner can take a ‘big picture view of your financial situation and make financial planning recommendations suitable for you. Fellows Financial Group advisors offer a no-obligation “Get Acquainted” meeting via phone or in person.

How can a financial advisor help me?

Anyone looking for financial independence can benefit from working with a good financial advisor either periodically or regularly. Fellows Financial Group serves people at all income levels and from all walks of life—whether the need is one quick question or ongoing financial assessment, management, and direction. Each individual’s situation is unique. Someone just starting may need a detailed, long-term plan of action. In contrast, someone else already on the road to pursuing their goals may need a new strategy, professional insight, fine-tuning, or a second opinion of an existing plan.

Fellows Financial Group advisors work to custom tailor their services to meet each individual’s needs. Goals can be short, intermediate, or long-term. Reducing current income tax liabilities, for example, is a short-term goal, while funding a child’s education an intermediate one and enjoying a secure financial retirement a more long-term goal by focusing on cash flow, investments, taxes, pensions, retirement plans, estate planning, insurance issues, savings opportunities, and other general financial matters.

Do I have to have a lot of money to work with Fellows?

No. Fellows Financial Group advisors have no income or investment account minimums and no minimum income levels or net worth requirements. They value all of their clients and love to help anyone looking to start their path toward financial independence. No matter what you have now, it is always a good time to start planning for your future.

Do Fellows Financial Group advisors provide more than comprehensive financial planning?

Yes. Although a comprehensive financial plan yields the greatest benefits, Fellows Financial Group also tailors its services to individual, specific needs like cash management and budgeting, investment analysis, or college education funding—whatever is critical to you right now.

Why is there an evaluation of my insurance needs?

Evaluating your insurance needs is part of personal financial planning. Insurance takes care of the what-ifs that happen at any time. Insurance is extremely important. Investments take care of your predictable needs and ideally should follow after your unpredictable needs are first addressed.

If I use Fellows Financial Group to develop a financial plan, am I obligated to purchase the recommended products?

Absolutely not! Fellows Financial Group advisors offer recommendations to address your needs and objectives, but you are under no obligation to purchase anything.

How do Fellows Financial Group advisors select investments for a client?

Before recommending any investment, a Fellows Financial Group advisor considers current economic conditions, the outlook for a particular asset class or type of security, and how the investment fits within a client’s portfolio given their goals and objectives and risk tolerance. They hold themselves to a fiduciary standard for their clients; they strive to obtain the most appropriate investment vehicles to meet a client’s objectives while being very conscious of total expenses and risk exposure.

How does Fellows Financial Group charge for financial advice?

If you are simply in the market for a specific financial product, they’ll gladly help educate you on a suitable fit for your needs and facilitate your purchase. In these cases, they do not charge a fee and receive a commission from the company the product is from. If you are looking for an all-encompassing financial plan, they will do an initial discovery meeting, then come back to you with a proposal. Depending on the effort required, they will quote you a fee for their services.

Once my financial plan or project is finished, will our relationship end?

No! You’ll be kept up to date on your financial plan as much or as little as you’d like. Each person is unique, and Fellows Financial Group advisors respect that. They also offer technology that will allow you to check up on your portfolio. Just as someone thinks of an eye doctor as an ongoing provider and has regular checkups to maintain good vision, good fiscal health requires periodic reviews of your finances by a qualified financial advisor. Because financial planning is a process, not an event, Fellows Financial Group advisors offer ongoing services, periodic reviews, and day-to-day consultation as requested and/or needed.

What is the Fellows Financial Group investment philosophy?

The purpose of a client’s investment portfolio is to fund current and/or future financial objectives. The portfolio's design must take into account the client’s financial objectives, tolerance for risk, needs for current income or liquidity, and special considerations such as income and estate taxes. The appropriate allocation of investment assets for your goals and risk tolerance is the most important component in developing an investment portfolio. Fellows Financial Group advisors believe that a diversified, well-balanced portfolio, combined with long-term buy-and-hold strategies, affordability, and patience, increases the likelihood that one will achieve his or her long-term financial objectives.

Why should I make a financial plan?

Financial planning provides direction and meaning to your financial decisions. It allows you to understand how each financial decision you make affects other areas of your finances. For example, buying a particular investment product might help you save adequately to finance your child’s higher education, or it may provide enough for a comfortable retirement. You can also adapt more easily to life changes and feel more confident that your goals are on track and within your comfort zone.

What should I look for in a financial planner?

A financial planner works for you. His or her loyalty should be to the client, not the product(s) they are trying to sell. Fellows advisors believe that being truly independent is the best way to give clients objective advice. As independent advisors, they do not have limitations or requirements to use any specific investment product or solution; this allows them to create customized financial plans that seek to provide income and growth for their clients.

What is fiduciary responsibility, and why is it important?

A fiduciary means to hold confidence or trust. A financial services industry professional who has a fiduciary responsibility to his or her clients must put a client’s needs and interests ahead of their own. Certified Financial Planners have a fiduciary responsibility to their clients. While stockbrokers and insurance agents are regulated and licensed, they do not have a fiduciary responsibility to their clients. The recommendations they make must only meet the “suitability standard.” The risk level of the product must be suitable for the client based on income, assets, risk tolerance, or another standard specified in the prospectus.

The Fellows Team

Blake Fellows | President and Advisor

For more than 18 years, Blake has been a trusted advisor, planner, and advocate for entrepreneurs, business owners, and individuals seeking personal service and deep knowledge. Blake has worked very hard to position Fellows to be a full-service planning, investment, and insurance resource to his clients. He believes in taking care of and treating everyone he works with the same way he'd want to be taken care of and treated. 

Blake is a Loudoun County native and a graduate of James Madison University. He is blessed to have the opportunity to also serve on the board for Youth for Tomorrow, an organization founded by Joe Gibbs.

Jeff Schalk | Chief Operating Officer

Jeff Schalk is Fellows' Chief Operating Officer and the co-founder of Fellows Insurance Group, the firm’s commercial and personal insurance company. Jeff has been in the industry for over 3 years and enjoys helping people plan for their future and protect their family’s assets from the risks that face every business owner and individual. Helping people into a situation where they should not need to say,” I never planned to be in this situation,” is what drives Jeff every day. A native of Ohio, Jeff holds a bachelor’s degree from Miami University in Oxford, OH. 

Michael Schimmel | Financial Advisor

Michael studied in Oxford, Ohio at Miami University and graduated with a BA in Political Science and Economics. He has worked for Global and National banks from HSBC Bank to Wachovia in various financial services capacities. Michael’s passion is helping people. He helps clients with financial decisions and implementation, planning for their future, and protecting their family’s assets from the risks that face every individual.

Ken Harvey | Business Development

Ken Harvey, linebacker for the Washington Football Team from 1994-to 1998, joined the financial industry after working for several years as a motivational speaker. Harvey attended the University of California, Berkeley, and went on to an 11-year career in the NFL. His stellar career on the field earned him Four Pro-Bowl selections and is listed among the “80 Greatest Redskins.” Shortly after receiving that honor, he was chosen and inducted into the “Washington Football Team Ring of Fame at Fed Ex Field.” In 2015, he received his second straight nomination for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Ken is an accomplished author, penning 4 children’s books and two novels. Harvey coined the phrase “Every day I…” to motivate others to ensure each day they live to be the best version of themselves. As he lives by that motto, you will be in the hands of an individual who always gives his best.


Fellows Financial Group As an independent firm, Fellows Financial Group advisors are not confined in the reach of their abilities and can explore all options to make sure clients get the best treatment available.

Part of their adherence to offering clients comprehensive services and products sometimes involves engagement with outside service providers. These relationships are constantly monitored and evaluated to ensure their value-adds to the client experience. While they partner with many corporations, a few stand out as primary providers and are listed below.

If you’re just beginning your search for a financial adviser, you may need some help forming a clear understanding of what a financial advisor is and what they can do for you. This article may offer some insight: Understanding Financial Advisors >>

For more detailed information on Fellows Financial Group, visit their website at

Additionally, information on Fellows Financial Group services, fees, and credentials is available for review on the website of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. You can also find certification, license, and employment history for Fellows Financial Group advisors using FINRA’s BrokerCheck.

Securities are offered through Coastal Equities, Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC.  Investment advice is offered through Wealthcare Advisory Partners, LLC, a registered investment advisor. Wealthcare Advisory Partners, LLC and Fellows Financial Group, LLC are separate entities from Coastal Equities.

Coastal and CoastalOne are trade names for the Coastal Companies. The Coastal Companies are Coastal Equities, Inc., Coastal Investment Advisors, Inc., a US SEC Registered Investment Adviser and Coastal Insurance Services which consist of several affiliated insurance agencies. Securities are offered through Coastal Equities, Inc., Member FINRA/SIPC and investment advisory services are offered through Coastal Investment Advisors, Inc., a US SEC Registered Investment Adviser,  co-located at 1201 N. Orange Street, Suite 729, Wilmington, DE 19801.

The Fellows Financial Group investment products are not insured United States Senate Federal Credit Union deposits and are not NCUA insured. These products are not obligations of the United States Senate Federal Credit Union and are not endorsed, recommended, or guaranteed by the United States Senate Federal Credit Union or any government agency. The investment value may fluctuate, the return on the investment is not guaranteed, and loss of principal is possible. United States Senate Federal Credit Union is not a registered broker. All investing involves risk, including loss of principal. No strategy assures success or protects against loss. There is no guarantee that a diversified portfolio will enhance overall returns or outperform a non-diversified portfolio. Diversification does not protect against market risk.

Fellows Financial Group LLC, Coastal Equities, and Wealthcare Advisory Partners are third-party partnerships and are not affiliated with United States Senate Federal Credit Union and USSFCU Best Life. Coastal Equities, Fellows Financial Group LLC, Fellows Insurance Group LLC, and Wealthcare Advisory Partners do not offer tax advice. We suggest that you discuss your specific tax issues with a qualified tax advisor.

Members' Voice Testimonials

This credit union is the best, I love the customer service and you can't beat the interest rates. I'm happy to be a member of this great credit union.

The branch manager introduced herself and was extremely helpful. She stated that if there is anything we ever need to please let her know. Very positive experience!

Greta was absolutely amazing - as always. She makes me and my parents feel valued and supported. We are forever grateful. [The Credit Union] has been hugely supportive over many years. And we feel known and cared for.

Long as I have been with the credit union, I haven't had any problems. I also like the protection on my account.

My overall experience at the credit union was exceptional. The staff was hospitable offering water, my service was timely and professional and the office was well lit and clean.

As a member for more than 40 years, i have always had great service from the USSFCU and know that they stand behind their great reputation.

A top rate Credit Union, [I'm] privileged to be part of! Thank you for all you do for our family! USSFCU Credit Union was able to resolve our financial situation - vehicle, personal loans, customer service/recommendations, within 6 months. We belonged to another credit union for over 20 years, with results not even close to comparison. We switched ...

Your people and products are amazing. The recent [online banking] overhaul is phenomenal. [I've] been electronic banking since Tele action phone banking - paying bills with my push button landline decades ago. USSFCU is light years ahead of everyone else in terms of ease of use and client experience!

I have been a member for more than 30 years. I no longer reside in the DC area but continue to bank with USSFCU because of the ease and the customer service.

I have been a member for over 50 years, and I have always gotten good service with loans, when I had to have service at a branch, and when I needed to have money sent to me from my savings account. The personnel have always been friendly and treated me with respect.

I especially appreciate being able to quickly speak with someone (not a robot) and that person has always been knowledgeable and helpful.

Excellent customer service streamlined and transparent process. The representatives are efficient, knowledgeable, and understanding of the type of loans offered by Credit Union.

The USSFCU behaves as a credit union ought to behave. The staff works with and for the members, not for a corporate board. Interest rates for a car loan, a home improvement loan, and a mortgage are low and terms are transparent.

Staff are courteous and friendly to work with. Very knowledgeable about services and products offered or available. Excellent follow-up with customers.

I have appreciated USSFCU services for many years since I left my work on Capitol Hill. I have appreciated the occasional webinars on purchasing a home or retirement planning.

I have been a member since 2006, and have always appreciated the customer service response to any concern or query. In addition, as I have traveled extensively, USSFCU has provided support and access.

I've had a credit union account for decades, even though I no longer work on Capitol Hill. I now have two accounts. I've been able to do all of our banking remotely, by app or by phone.

I have been a USSFCU member for almost 20 years. There is nowhere else I want my money to be. I always receive excellent service.

I deeply appreciate the stellar service, the proficiency, the professionalism, and the kindness. I am truly honored and grateful to bank with a financial institution that treats customers like family.

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