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Don’t Get Your Heart Set on a Cost of Living Adjustment
August 2, 2016

Are you currently retired and drawing Social Security benefits? Or are you planning to retire in the next few years, and carefully watching news on Social Security? Either way, we have to share what might be disappointing news for you, but it’s important to keep you updated on these issues…

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Does Your Retirement Face These Risks?
July 25, 2016

Federal employees are fortunate to enjoy a three-tiered retirement plan. Once you retire, you will draw income from Social Security, your pension, and withdrawals from your Thrift Savings Plan (assuming you chose to contribute to it). In some ways, you’re more fortunate than many American workers, who will be depending…

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Things Federal Employees Should Know about Life Insurance
July 18, 2016

You might already know that a good life insurance policy is one of the best ways to protect your family. However, what exactly is a “good” life insurance policy? There are so many options out there, it’s easy to make a mistake when choosing your provider or plan. A life…

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An Alternate Social Security Strategy for Couples
July 11, 2016

Last fall, Congress made waves in the retirement planning world, when they brought an end to a long-standing loophole that allowed a popular Social Security strategy called “file and suspend”. The strategy, commonly used by couples to maximize their benefits, has now expired. Without it, some of you might be…

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Avoid These Tax Traps in Retirement
June 27, 2016

As you prepare for retirement, it’s normal to focus on your potential retirement income, budgeting, and making plans for the hobbies or travel that you hope to pursue. But there’s one other very important consideration that many people planning for retirement forget to analyze: You might be surprised by changes…

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When Should I Retire?
April 18, 2016

Federal employees enjoy terrific retirement benefits, but you still face difficult decisions. One of the hardest decisions involves setting your target retirement date. Many different factors will influence this decision, and some of them are highly personal in nature. But for most people, examining the following factors can help to…

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6 Essential Tax Deductions and Credits
April 4, 2016

It’s your favorite time of year! The birds are chirping, everything is turning green again, and your federal income taxes are due. Okay, so you only love two of those things… But when you utilize as many deductions and credits as possible, paying your taxes can be a little less…

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4 Steps to Managing Your Retirement Budget
March 28, 2016

As you draw closer to the end of your career, you are probably focused on reaching certain goals. You might want to save a particular amount of money, pay off debts, choose a place to retire, or some other worthwhile endeavor. But once you’ve retired, your planning will shift from…

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5 Ways to Protect Yourself from Retirement Fraud
March 13, 2016

During your career, you might have worried about the health of your retirement fund, and whether you would be able to retire one day. But once you have made the leap into retirement, does that mean you don’t have to worry anymore? Of course not. Retirees face a number of…

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Watch Out for These Retiree Mistakes
February 22, 2016

You’ve never retired before, and you’re probably going to do it only once. So it’s no wonder that many people make mistakes when they stop working and begin living off of their retirement benefits and savings. Luckily, you can learn from the mistakes of other retirees, and hopefully avoid making…

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