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The Future of Medicare
October 24, 2016

When public systems such as Social Security and Medicare were first created, we were living in a very different world. People tended to retire with a pension or some other form of retirement income, utilize Social Security as a supplement to that income, and then live about ten more years….

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Are Your Retirement Plans on the Right Track?
October 17, 2016

As a federal government employee, you enjoy a retirement program that is superior to those offered by many private employers. After completing your service, you will enjoy an annuity payment, your Social Security benefits, and any income generated by your Thrift Savings Plan. By contrast, many Americans can only look…

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Is a Phased Retirement Right for You?
October 10, 2016

Are you feeling ready to retire, but question whether you’re financially ready? Or perhaps you need to reduce your work hours, but you don’t want to completely retire just yet. Federal government employees enjoy the option of a Phased Retirement for this very reason, and it could be a good…

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Changes to Social Security and Medicare Could Affect You
October 3, 2016

A few months ago, it was announced that Social Security might not issue a cost of living adjustment (COLA) in 2017. This prediction was made based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which determines adjustments, reflecting a flat inflation rate all year. There’s been a bit of a change in…

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6 Little Known Benefits of Life Insurance
September 26, 2016

For many generations, life insurance has been viewed as mostly a way to cover funeral expenses or replace income from the family breadwinner in the event of his or her death. Without a doubt, those are still two of the primary goals of a life insurance policy. But you might…

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Something Important to Remember About Your Thrift Savings Plan
September 19, 2016

As a federal employee, you enjoy a three-tiered retirement plan unlike anything else offered in the retirement industry. The plan is thorough, but also complex, meaning many federal employees are not familiar with some of the more obscure rules and regulations regarding their own benefits. And they don’t always seem…

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The Most Important Ingredients for a Happy Retirement
September 6, 2016

In the retirement planning world, we tend to focus on making sure our clients are financially prepared for their later years. After all, it’s hard to enjoy retirement if you’re forced to live on Ramen noodles! Money is certainly an important component to overall enjoyment of life. But we also…

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Is Your Retirement Plan on Track?
August 22, 2016

Federal employees enjoy a terrific, three-tiered retirement plan. In many cases, the retirement plan offered to government employees beats those offered in the private sector. But because of that implied security, you might not pay as much attention to your plans for the future. And if you don’t pay attention…

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Have You Planned for This Aspect of Retirement?
August 15, 2016

In the old days, many people retired and then spent the following few years, up to a decade, living off of Social Security and whatever pension or retirement savings they had managed to accumulate. They knew that a stay in a nursing home might be needed at some point, due…

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You May Be Wealthier Than You Think!
August 8, 2016

Did you know that you’re one of the wealthiest people in the world? You might not think so. According to the Global Rich List, which uses World Bank data and global wealth statistics, an American earning an annual salary of $75,000 falls into the top .11 percent in the entire…

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