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Posted on Saturday, 17th March 2018 by Dennis Damp

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“Retirement is wonderful if you have two essentials — much to live on and much to live for.” The author for this quote is unknown but whomever made this observation was certainly an astute observer of the human condition. Most retire with much to live for; watching their children mature and become successful responsible adults, […]

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Posted on Tuesday, 27th February 2018 by Dennis Damp

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I receive many questions from site visitors concerning OPM’s Retiree Services Online (SOL). Their site allows users to view their annuity statements, change allotments, download their 1099R tax form, set federal and state tax withholdings, and much more. To register for the first time you must first call OPM and request a temporary password that […]

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Posted on Thursday, 25th January 2018 by Dennis Damp

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The TSP Rebalancing Act If you have been in the market these past ten years, including your TSP and other retirement accounts, your allocations are probably off considerably from where you initially set them. Many rebalance their stock and bond portfolios at least annually however it is easy to forgo this essential step with all […]

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Posted on Thursday, 18th January 2018 by Dennis Damp

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1099Rs Available Now! Normally, federal annuitants don’t received their 1099R Tax Forms until the end of January or the beginning of February by regular mail. If you are registered to use OPM’s Retirement Services Website your 1099 R is now available for download. I visited the site on January 16, 2016 and was able to […]

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Posted on Saturday, 18th November 2017 by Dennis Damp

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The TSP Modernization Act (H.R. 3031) was signed by the President November 17, 2017.  This update, one of the first since the TSP was established, provides users with additional options to manage their invested funds, including the ability to make multiple post-separation partial withdrawals and to make multiple in-service age-based withdrawals once the participant has […]

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Posted on Wednesday, 1st November 2017 by Dennis Damp

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In the past, retirement was perceived as an end of an era… sitting in your rocking chair watching life pass you by. Not as a launching pad to new and exciting vistas. Many that retired in the mid to late 1900s were simply worn out from working too hard and making too little. They suffered […]

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Posted on Thursday, 19th October 2017 by Dennis Damp

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Many annuitants change to a lower cost FEHB plan because most plans waive the majority of the deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance payments when you sign up for Medicare Part A & B. One of our newsletter subscribers contacted me about the change to Blue Cross Blue Shield Basic for 2018.  The FepBlue.org site states, “If […]

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Posted on Monday, 9th October 2017 by Dennis Damp

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Open season runs from November 13 through December 11 of this year however some providers already have their 2018 plan brochures available. GEHA sent me an email message listing a summary  of plan changes for 2018 and a link to their 2018 brochure! You can view the GEHA 2018 Brochure on their site and save […]

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