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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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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, 13th January 2018 by Dennis Damp

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We published the new 2018 Excel Leave Chart back in late October. Since then a number of our site visitors were only able to open the Excel chart in protected mode and couldn’t enter data. If your spreadsheet opens in protected view click the “enable editing” button in the yellow bar at the top of […]

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Posted on Monday, 8th January 2018 by Dennis Damp

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In January of 2017 the full retirement age (FRA) started increasing to age 67 in two-month increments over the next six years. When I refer to 66 as full retirement age in this article be aware that your FRA will be up to a year later depending on when you turn 62. OK…, you are […]

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Posted on Friday, 29th December 2017 by Dennis Damp

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Lots of good news for federal employees and annuitants alike this year. First off, there were no major changes to our benefits even though many services wrote volumes about proposals that never materialized. I seldom cover these proposals because the majority of members in both parties currently don’t support them. That being said entitlements and […]

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Posted on Monday, 18th December 2017 by Dennis Damp

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No matter where you are at in your life; just starting out, mid career or retired, knowing where you stand financially helps you weather the storms that may be ahead. Do you have the resources to not only make ends meet today but to have the freedom in retirement to expand your horizons and do […]

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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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