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Posted on Friday, 3rd September 2021 by Dennis Damp

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When can I retire? A question asked often by those approaching retirement age and by those early in their career who have the foresight to think ahead. It isn’t as simple a decision as reaching your eligibility date, especially if you haven’t prepared early in your career to have the assets necessary to make this […]

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Posted on Friday, 6th August 2021 by Dennis Damp

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Your annuity, a defined benefit retirement plan, is determined by the retirement system that you are in, either the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) or the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS). Approximately 2 percent of current federal employees are under the old CSRS / CSRS Offset system, the FERS program was established in the 1980s. […]

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Posted on Friday, 9th July 2021 by Dennis Damp

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One of our subscribers was blindsided by an unexpected FEHB plan copayment after reaching age 65.  His copayment for a wellness visit increased from $30 previously to $170 and his FEHB provider stated that they only pay after 65 for what Medicare would pay even if you aren’t enrolled in Medicare. Under the FEHB law, […]

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Posted on Friday, 25th June 2021 by Dennis Damp

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Earlier this year the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) launched a redesigned website. Concurrently, they announced significant account access and security changes, additional L Fund options, and the ability to submit certain TSP forms online after logging into your account. They sent out a message from the executive director to all participants last February announcing these […]

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Posted on Wednesday, 21st April 2021 by Dennis Damp

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We can expect a higher COLA increase for 2022. According to Kiplinger’s Magazine the 2022 COLA will Likely increase to 3%, the largest increase since 2012. The final number will be released this October.  There are many variables in the annual COLA calculation and these can change dramatically before the final numbers are tabulated. Request […]

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Posted on Saturday, 6th March 2021 by Dennis Damp

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Planning for retirement and life in general requires organization and much thought. Long before we retire our significant others require our assistance and this goes both ways. In most relationships, one person takes responsibility for certain aspects of the couple’s life.  Whoever pays the bills and manages financial affairs must have clear and concise instructions […]

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Posted on Sunday, 28th February 2021 by Dennis Damp

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I’m often astonished after performing a due diligence update on my family’s state of affairs. You too will find reason to pause after putting pen to paper and discovering where you and your family stand financially. Not only your current status, but what a surviving spouse and heirs will have to live on when the […]

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Posted on Sunday, 14th February 2021 by Dennis Damp

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Michael is a fulltime employee with the National Parks Service (NPS) that is subject to between 2 weeks and 6 months furlough each year.  He wanted to know if the time he is furloughed counts towards his FERS service?  For instance, if he is furloughed for 6 months would he have one year or 6 […]

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