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The Importance of Establishing an Emergency Fund
February 1, 2019

We often discuss the importance of retirement savings, but what about setting up an emergency fund? Did you know that 78 percent of Americans live paycheck-to-paycheck, with no concrete way to handle unexpected expenses? You might think this statistic applies only to lower-income people, but a surprising number of middle…

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5 Ways to Max Out Your Social Security Benefits
January 21, 2019

For most retirees, Social Security comprises an important part of their overall budgets. Yes, you should still plan for another form of income, but why not max out your potential Social Security benefits? These six methods can help you get the largest benefit check possible for your situation. Work at…

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Will Your Retirement Income Meet Your Needs?
January 14, 2019

Federal employees enjoy one of the most comprehensive retirement systems in the country. But, like anyone else, you still need to plan carefully to take best advantage of all those benefits. While many different factors work together to create your retirement plan, for most people the situation boils down to…

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If You Receive This Call, It’s Probably a Scam
January 6, 2019

Your phone rings, and the Caller ID displays a number that looks legitimate. It might begin with 1-800, or list the name of a government agency, or simply say “Washington DC”. You answer the call, and a representative from Social Security informs you that there is an urgent problem with…

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A Financially Smart New Year’s Resolution
January 2, 2019

If you haven’t established a New Year’s resolution yet, or even if you’ve set your sights on another goal, we’d like to remind you that January is an excellent time to get your financial life in order. Taking these five simple steps can help you feel more organized, and make…

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Hedging Against Common Retirement Risks
December 21, 2018

Most of us can’t wait to retire, but the prospect of living on a fixed income can be somewhat less than exciting. Luckily, federal employees do enjoy one of the most comprehensive retirement systems in the country. But of course, you will feel concerned about the risks, just as much…

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Make the Most of Your Flexible Spending Account in 2019
December 17, 2018

Just as they often reevaluate retirement plan contribution limits, the IRS also issues changes that affect flexible spending accounts. Recently, they announced a slight increase to those contributions limits, to take effect in 2019. As a federal employee, you might utilize a Health Care Flexible Spending Account (HCFSA) or a…

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Something You Might Not Know About Your TSP
December 10, 2018

As a federal employee, you are probably aware that your Thrift Savings Plan offers many of the same advantages as a 401(k) plan often offered by private sector employers. Contribution limits are established by the same rules each year, and your TSP offers investment options that are similar to those…

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TSP Contribution Limits Increased for 2019
December 5, 2018

Since we tend to advise workers to save as much as possible for retirement, we’re pleased to share some good news with you. Next year, contribution limits are increasing, so you can reap a bit more advantage from your Thrift Savings Plan. Technically, the new limits apply to Thrift Savings…

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Gearing Up for a Financially-Friendly Holiday Season
November 26, 2018

Now that Fall is in full swing, and the holiday season has arrived, we’re all feeling a bit busy and pressured. You might have a full calendar of events ahead of you, and you’re squeezing in some shopping and travel time as well. It’s no wonder quite a few of…

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