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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 Friday, 8th June 2018 by Dennis Damp

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When you require information about your benefits and retirement planning you need resources at your fingertips to make informed decisions FAST. OPM does have a comprehensive site, http://www.opm.gov, that you can search and find abundant information, however it is often difficult to locate what you are looking for. Plus they don’t offer advice such as […]

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Posted on Friday, 1st June 2018 by Dennis Damp

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There are many significant milestones in all of our lives. I attending Milton Hershey School for Boys in the late 1950s and early 60s, graduated from high school and college, received my draft notice in 1968, joined the U.S. Air Force, married my high school sweetheart, landed my first government job with the Department of […]

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Posted on Monday, 7th May 2018 by Dennis Damp

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It’s a little early to be thinking of the next FEHB Open Season for 2019 benefits, yet it’s important to know what changes are coming down the pike. The Federal Benefits Open Season enrollment period, Nov. 12, 2018 through Dec. 10, 2018, runs concurrently with the TRICARE Open Season. FEDVIP Vision and Dental Plans, originally […]

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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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