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Is Your FERS Annuity an All-or-Nothing Benefit?
October 23, 2017

As a federal employee, you know that your comprehensive retirement package is one of the best benefits packages available. Yet, for one reason or another, you might desire to leave federal employment at some point. Perhaps you become disabled and can’t continue working, or you simply receive a lucrative offer…

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When Can You Access Your Thrift Savings Plan?
October 16, 2017

Your Thrift Savings Plan is an important part of your overall retirement strategy. Along with Social Security payments and your annuity payments, withdrawals from your TSP will allow for some additional income in retirement. Plus, while your Social Security and annuity payments will depend upon factors (such as length of…

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Annual Leave and Retirement
October 9, 2017

Last week, we discussed how to time your retirement in the most beneficial way, with regard to beginning your annuity payments. Since your annuity payments will comprise an important part of your income in retirement, it certainly makes sense to give extra weight to that factor in your overall retirement…

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When Should Federal Employees Schedule Their Retirements?
October 4, 2017

Planning your retirement will involve multiple variables, far beyond simply being financially ready. Aside from accumulating enough years of service, and stashing enough money in your Thrift Savings Plan, you also want to schedule your retirement at the right time. Of course, since retirement planning tends to focus on finances,…

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Is a Phased Retirement Right for You?
September 25, 2017

Many of us can’t wait to retire, and have planned vacations, hobbies, or even a move to a sunnier location. Others want to retire soon, but know that they need to continue working a bit longer in order to save enough money for the future. Then there are those people…

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Federal Employees Have Many Retirement Options
September 18, 2017

As a federal employee, you already know that your retirement system is one of the best in the nation. You can potentially enjoy three forms of income in retirement, which is relatively rare in the private sector. But in addition to your income options, federal employees can also access four…

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Basic Information on the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program
September 11, 2017

Last week, we shared some statistics regarding the cost of long-term nursing care. While it’s not something anyone loves to think about, part of retirement planning involves preparing for a variety of outcomes. Since health problems do become more common as we age, everyone should consider how they will pay…

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Long Term Care for Federal Employees
September 7, 2017

As you plan for retirement, you will probably focus quite a bit on the financial side of things. You picture your life looking pretty much the same as it does now, except without your job and with a lot more free time. Hopefully, everything will go according to your plans….

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Are You Taking Advantage of Market Expansion?
August 28, 2017

Maybe you haven’t heard the good news, but our economy is doing pretty well. In fact, we’re currently enjoying the third-longest stretch of market expansion in our history, and we’re only two years away from it becoming the longest stretch ever! On top of that, the unemployment rate is back…

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What’s Different About a Fed-Focused Financial Advisor?
August 21, 2017

No matter where you live, it is likely that several financial advisors work in your area. They might even boast a long list of impressive credentials. However, for a federal employee, choosing a financial advisor can be a bit complicated. Your retirement benefits system works differently from any other retirement…

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