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What Happens to Federal Employees Who are Disabled?
November 19, 2018

It’s not exactly something we all love to think about, but what would happen if you became disabled due to illness or injury? Since last month was National Disability Awareness Month, it might have sparked some thoughts or conversations for you. Or, if not, now is the time to consider…

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Would You Regret an Early Retirement?
November 12, 2018

Retiring a bit early is something we all dream about, at some point. Who wouldn’t love to skip out of the working world a bit early, and start enjoying a life of leisure? Luckily, for some of us an early retirement is a very real possibility. But because we always…

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What’s the Difference Between COLA and Pay Raises?
November 5, 2018

Each fall, a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) is announced, and news this impacts Social Security beneficiaries and some federal retirees. Essentially, it means that these individuals will receive a bit more money in their monthly checks. However, current federal employees often get this news mixed up with news regarding their own…

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Trying to Save Money? Don’t Make These Mistakes!
October 21, 2018

As you plan for retirement, it’s always a good idea to examine your budget more carefully. You can reap two primary benefits by cutting back on expenses: First, you free up more money that you can use to pay down debt or stash in your Thrift Savings Account. Second, you…

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3 Important Facts About Your FERS Annuity
October 15, 2018

The Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) is one of the most comprehensive retirement benefits packages in the country. But with “comprehensive” system, comes “complex” rules and procedures. The FERS system can be confusing to most people, particularly the annuity part. These three facts tend to be misunderstood… Your COLA probably…

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Federal Benefits Open Season is Approaching
October 8, 2018

Each fall, Open Season for federal benefits allows employees to enroll, make changes, or cancel their enrollment in various benefits programs, including: Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) Federal Flexible Spending Account Program (FSAFEDS) The Federal Employees Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) program, and…

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Social Security Beneficiaries Likely to Receive a “Raise” Next Year
October 4, 2018

For retirees, one of their biggest challenges is keeping their budgets in line with inflation. We have various methods of helping with that, but increases to Social Security payments over time can help ease the strain a bit. It’s called the “cost of living adjustment”, or COLA for short. While…

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How to Make the Most of Your Retirement Income
September 24, 2018

When you retire, you will have the opportunity to pull income from three different sources: Your annuity, your Social Security benefits, and your Thrift Savings Plan (if you chose to contribute to it). This three-tiered system might contribute to greater stability, but of course nothing is guaranteed. Thorough planning is…

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Three Things to Know About Federal Employee Retirement
September 17, 2018

The good news is that you enjoy one of the most comprehensive retirement systems in the country! But the “bad news” is that its complexity can leave you feeling confused, or cause you to miss out on important information. That’s why we work hard to communicate with you, and keep…

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Three Steps to Take Before December
September 10, 2018

School is back in session everywhere, and it’s beginning to feel like Fall in some parts of the country. It’s hard to believe that we only have a few months left in 2018! Pretty soon we’ll all get busy with holidays, but try not to let your financial planning fall…

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