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Posted on Friday, 6th July 2018 by Dennis Damp

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I frequently talk about what is happening in my life as it relates to retirement. For example, when I signed up for Medicare and Social Security I outlined the process for others to follow. Recently I began searching for a small car for my wife, a car that would easily fit in the garage and […]

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Posted on Thursday, 21st June 2018 by Dennis Damp

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There are a number of actions to take long before you retire to expedite retirement application processing. If you don’t correct certain errors prior to applying be financially prepared to live on a reduced interim annuity check for an extended period. One of our site visitors recently discovered that her ten years of military service […]

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Posted on Friday, 18th May 2018 by Dennis Damp

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Are you prepared to live on reduced income until your retirement claim is processed? Those already retired know all about this, they received interim annuity payments until the final adjudication of their retirement. For me personally, it only took three months. I retired on December 31 and my first full annuity payment, with credits for […]

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Posted on Friday, 27th April 2018 by Dennis Damp

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Low interest rates over the past decade have driven many to abandon secure FDIC insured savings, Treasury Bills and Notes for higher risk investments such as stocks, ETFs, and mutual funds. A good number of savers simply left their savings in very low yielding bank accounts and suffered the loss of income and decreased buying power […]

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Posted on Thursday, 5th April 2018 by Dennis Damp

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What would encourage a retiree to return to the workforce today? How about a 20% deduction on your new found income! Many that left federal service still have much to offer and can turn a part-time adventure into extra cash that supplements their annuity, Social Security, and TSP payouts. Today, there are many opportunities for […]

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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, 13th February 2018 by Dennis Damp

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Is the Stock Market Keeping You Up at Night? What a ride the market has taken us on since my last article that talked about ways to preserve your retirement account balances during downturns. The DOW reached a high of 26,616 and the S&P 2,872 before this latest 10% downward draft. A 10% correction is […]

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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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