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Posted on Wednesday, 5th October 2011 by Dennis Damp

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It has been a trying time for annuitants and Social Security recipients who have essentially been forced to live on fixed incomes these past two years. Finally it looks promising; we may receive a COLA in 2012 of around 3.6% if Congress doesn’t block the payout for whatever reason. If we are fortunate enough to […]

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Posted on Thursday, 18th August 2011 by Nancy Holston

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As a youngster growing up in northern Indiana, wildlife consisted of skunks, raccoons, deer and opossums and I did not find them particularly interesting since their natural setting was usually lying in the middle of the road lifeless.  But that changed in 1980 while I was enjoying a training assignment in Oklahoma City.   I stumbled […]

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Posted on Thursday, 11th August 2011 by Dennis Damp

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A site visitor close to retirement wrote that his TSP was considerably less than it should have been because he didn’t understand the TSP options and mismanaged his account throughout his career. Don’t let this happen to you. It feels like a rerun of the 2008 recession with the Dow at the time of this […]

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Posted on Tuesday, 26th July 2011 by Dennis Damp

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When I attained 25 years service at age 44 I felt a great sense of relief. I knew that with 25 years of creditable service I would at least be eligible for an early retirement and I could apply for a VERA and VSIP if offered. The FAA received VERA authority in the mid 1990s […]

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Posted on Monday, 16th May 2011 by Nancy Holston

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A Journal is a Great Way to Remember I often plan to keep a journal when I travel but to be honest I either never put pen to paper or I start and capture a couple of days and then… well nothing.  When I have planned a particularly fun vacation with friends or the travel […]

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Posted on Friday, 29th April 2011 by Ann Ozuna

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On the Divorce Issues and Retirement Impact section we discussed in general how your federal benefits are property up for division in divorce. Here are some of the specifics: OPM must have all the information it needs in your decree or order to divide your retirement.  Therefore you must specify “gross annuity”, “net annuity,” or […]

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Posted on Thursday, 14th April 2011 by Nancy Holston

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How much can you afford to spend on vacation this year? Ouch!!! Gas prices went up 20 cents in one day where I live, one station raised the price twice within 2 hours!  I had travel planned for Cape Cod, Colorado, Seattle and Alaska this year.  I was wise, or maybe lucky, enough to get […]

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Posted on Monday, 27th December 2010 by Nancy Holston

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You have just made a deposit on a special vacation to celebrate an anniversary, mark a special event or you are finally going on that dream vacation.  Planning your trip is your first step and there are things to consider, picking out the destination, selecting a hotel, will you need a rental car, the flight […]

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