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Simplifying Your Retirement Plan
April 15, 2019

According to the principles of behavioral finance, there is one standout reason behind the difficulties involved in retirement planning: For most of us, it is very hard to picture ourselves in the distant future. It’s easy to think about this summer or even next year, and to make plans for…

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What to Do About FEHB in Retirement
April 8, 2019

From your three-tiered retirement system to your Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB), you’re lucky to enjoy one of the most comprehensive benefits systems in the country. And, unlike many private sector workers, you can actually take your FEHB with you when you retire. So, why do many federal employees decide…

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Putting Your Tax Return to Work
April 1, 2019

It’s that time of year again! Millions of taxpayers will receive their refunds, and retailers are running tempting sales. It’s tempting to rush out and shop for a long-desired item… But what if you put that money to work for you? It’s your money, after all. You should do with…

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Reaping the Maximum Social Security Benefit
March 25, 2019

As a federal employee, your future retirement income will be based upon your annuity payments, withdrawals from your Thrift Savings Plan, and Social Security benefits. It makes sense to max out your potential retirement income by stashing as much as possible in your Thrift Savings Plan, and working enough years…

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Federal Workers Can Access Early Retirement Benefits
March 18, 2019

Just one or two generations ago, the average person retired around age 60, lived a few more years into retirement, and then passed away after enjoying a typical lifespan. Today, however, our fifties are no longer considered “old”! And our lifespans have grown longer than ever, with many of us…

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Credit Scores Remain Important in Retirement
March 11, 2019

For many of us, retirement represents the end of many years of meticulous financial planning. You’ve anticipated your needs, prepared for them, worked hard throughout your career, and now you want to relax. If your main debts are paid off, such as your mortgage and even cars, you might feel…

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How Your Federal Retirement Benefits Affect Your Spouse
March 4, 2019

For most of us, years of hard work and a long career aren’t just about our own personal fulfillment. We’re doing it to provide for our loved ones. While our kids tend to grow up, move away, and pursue their own careers, we hope to enjoy the rest of our…

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Read This Before You Worry About the New Property Tax Deduction Limit
February 24, 2019

It’s that time of year again! The deadline for filing your federal income tax return will approach in April. Meanwhile, you should be gathering documents, setting an appointment with your tax professional, and getting the process started. As you might already know, quite a few changes to the tax code…

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4 Basic Retirement Questions to Ask Yourself
February 18, 2019

Ideally, we should start planning for retirement in the early days of our careers (perhaps even in our twenties). In reality, many of us don’t think about retirement until our late thirties, forties, and beyond. No matter where you are in the retirement planning process, we do suggest you start…

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Guard Against These Five Common Tax Scams
February 11, 2019

Some of us dread tax season, because filling out forms and double-checking everything with a calculator can feel like a burden. But a few people love this time of year, because it’s their prime opportunity to steal Social Security numbers and even tax refunds. As you prepare to file your…

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