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How the TSP Modernization Act Might Affect You
October 14, 2019

With more than $550 billion collectively stashed in Thrift Savings Plans, federal employees clearly enjoy this important retirement benefit. The fund is structured similarly to 401(k) accounts offered by many private sector employees, and features investment options with a low fee structure. But still, there is always room for improvement….

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Should You Work Past Age 65?
October 7, 2019

Some people choose to keep working past age 65, because they want to save a bit more money for retirement. Others got a late start with their careers. And then there are those who simply enjoy working, and aren’t ready to stop! Whatever your reasoning, you might be wondering about…

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5 Benefits of Being a Federal Employee
October 2, 2019

Most of us want to pursue a career that we enjoy, and where we feel like we’re making a difference. But pay and benefits go a long way toward career satisfaction as well! Here are five benefits of being a federal employee, that are not always enjoyed by private sector…

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Avoid this New Healthcare Related Financial Scam
September 23, 2019

According to the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association, con artists reap tens of billions of dollars each year through health care fraud. Many of these incidents can be traced back to Medicare. With its requirements to pay claims quickly, there often isn’t enough time to trace and verify each claim…

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3 Common Federal Employee Retirement Myths
September 15, 2019

One of the perks of federal employee retirement is that you do indeed have a lot of resources at your disposal. This can lead to some misinterpretations of what those resources are actually for. “I have plenty of time to plan”. When you were first hired, you completed a stack…

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6 Ways to Waste Money in Retirement
September 9, 2019

We talk a lot about saving for retirement, but let’s shift gears and discuss what happens after you retire. How do you spend your money wisely? Budgeting is a complicated topic, and we can’t cover everything in one blog. But in general, we’ve found that many retirees make at least…

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Understanding the FERS Earnings Test
September 4, 2019

One benefit enjoyed by federal employees is the ability to retire and claim their annuity payments after reaching 30 years of service and their minimum retirement age (56 or 57 for most FERS current employees). For many individuals this could translate into an earlier retirement than most workers in the…

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5 Hidden Costs That Can Sneak Up on You!
August 26, 2019

Living within your budget is the tried-and-true method for preventing excess debt, beefing up your savings, and even helping you transition into retirement more smoothly. But in some cases, extra charges can surprise you. Learn the sneaky insider secrets to common industries, so you can be on guard for unnecessary…

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A Checklist for Spousal Survivors of Federal Workers or Retirees
August 19, 2019

After the loss of a spouse, paperwork and phone calls are the last thing anyone wants to deal with. Unfortunately, these things are also a fact of life. If you’re a federal employee or retiree, reviewing your survivor benefits with your spouse will become an important part of estate planning….

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9 Strategies That Can Lead to Early Retirement
August 12, 2019

Many of us would prefer to retire earlier, rather than later. But is that option out of reach for those of us with middle class incomes? Not necessarily! An early retirement might require a bit of sacrifice, and will definitely require some smart strategizing. The following strategies could make a…

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