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Posted on Thursday, 6th December 2018 by Dennis Damp

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The wild stock market swings are heavy on the minds of investors today, especially for those approaching retirement and retirees living on a fixed income. It is even more problematic if you depend on Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) and other retirement account withdrawals.  Market volatility is uncomfortable to say the least when you see what […]

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Posted on Friday, 23rd November 2018 by Dennis Damp

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I wrote an article late last year titled “Where Are You Now! Looking at The Numbers” that helped readers evaluate their finances and determine if they had sufficient resources to live comfortably pre and post retirement. We provide extensive financial planning guidance to help anyone from a new hire to a retired annuitant evaluate and […]

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Posted on Friday, 9th November 2018 by Dennis Damp

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Open season starts November 12th. There are tools available to evaluate provider options and help you select your 2019 plan. Use the following resources to make an informed decision for you and your family’s health care needs. Request a  Federal Retirement Report™  today to review your projected annuity payments, income verses expenses, FEGLI, and TSP projections. Obtain […]

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Posted on Friday, 2nd November 2018 by Dennis Damp

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Each year we publish a comprehensive leave record that federal employees can use to track their daily record of annual and sick leave, comp, and credit hours used. Our updated 2019 Excel Leave Chart is designed for active federal employees that are planning their retirement and need to establish realistic target retirement dates. The new […]

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Posted on Friday, 26th October 2018 by Dennis Damp

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Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) is offering a new lower cost fee-for-Service Focus Plan in 2019. This article compares the BCBS Focus plan to the GEHA Standard plan. Many federal annuitants opt for a lower cost Federal Employee’s Health Benefit (FEHB) plan once they sign up for Medicare. The majority of FEHB plans waive many […]

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Posted on Friday, 19th October 2018 by Dennis Damp

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Medicare recently announced the standard Part B premium amount of $135.50 for 2019. Most people will pay the standard Part B monthly premium. If your modified adjusted gross income as reported on your IRS tax return from 2 years ago is above a certain amount, you’ll pay the standard premium and an Income Related Monthly […]

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Posted on Thursday, 11th October 2018 by Dennis Damp

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Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 67 million Americans will increase 2.8 percent in 2019. CSRS annuitants will receive the full amount, FERS retirees will receive a 2% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). The 2.8 percent COLA will begin with benefits payable to more than 62 million Social Security beneficiaries in January […]

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Posted on Wednesday, 10th October 2018 by Dennis Damp

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The U.S Census Bureau under the Department of Commerce will be hiring thousands of census workers between now and 2020 to conduct the upcoming census.  Most of the positions are available for anyone to apply. Because the labor market is at full employment, federal employees and annuitants may also apply under certain conditions without impacting […]

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