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Simple Ways to Boost Your Credit Score
June 25, 2018

A good credit score is often the ticket to lower interest rates, more attractive insurance premiums, and the best credit card rewards programs. With particular regard to interest rates, having a good credit score can save you thousands over the long run. But what if you miss the minimum credit…

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How to Lower Your Tax Liability During Retirement
June 18, 2018

Once you retire, you will rely upon a combination of Social Security benefits, your pension, and your own savings. After paying taxes on your income all of your life, it might surprise you to learn that your Social Security benefits can be taxed too! But that’s exactly the situation many…

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3 Steps Toward a More Secure Retirement
June 11, 2018

We often say that the three-tiered retirement plan offered to federal employees rivals, or even beats, those offered within the private sector. But that doesn’t mean you should just assume that your retirement will be simple and easy. We still must pay close attention to the decisions we make along…

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Don’t Ignore This Aspect of Retirement Planning
June 6, 2018

You might remember that when your parents or grandparents retired, they stopped working, and then enjoyed maybe five or ten years of retirement. In some cases members of this generation did need nursing home care at some point, but often those were seen as more of a luxury than a…

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Don’t Make These Mistakes with Life Insurance
May 28, 2018

You probably know that you need life insurance to protect your family, and provide necessary financial assets in the event of your passing. But there are many different types of life insurance, geared toward different needs. So as you compare policies, here are just a couple of primary ideas to…

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Have You Set a Target Retirement Date?
May 21, 2018

As a federal employee, you enjoy one of the best retirement benefit systems around. But there will still be aspects of planning that are just as confusing and difficult as they are for everyone else. One of the biggest decisions you will make involves timing… When exactly can you stop…

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3 Lessons to Learn from Current Retirees
May 14, 2018

They say that practice makes perfect, and that we should do something over and over again until we get it just right. But of course, that rule simply cannot apply to everything in life. You’ll only retire once, so you can’t just keep starting over and fixing mistakes that you…

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How Does the Federal Retirement System Provide for Your Spouse?
May 7, 2018

For many of us, the goals we set are not solely based on our own wants and needs. We also want to enjoy a long life with our spouse. They are part of the reason we work hard and plan for a secure retirement. But what happens if you pass…

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The 5 Most Common Budget Mistakes
April 23, 2018

You might be surprised to learn that American workers, when compared to the rest of the industrialized world, actually work longer hours than most. In addition, we take fewer vacation days. And yet, we tend to retire at a later age. Why? A number of factors are at play here,…

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The Fed Raised Rates: What Does that Mean for You?
April 15, 2018

As you might have heard, the Federal Reserve announced last month that they are increasing the benchmark federal funds rate. The announcement was delivered along with a statement, reflecting an improving job market, low unemployment, and strengthening economy in general. The rate hike translates to a 1.5 to 1.75 percent…

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