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Posted on Friday, 4th September 2020 by Dennis Damp

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  I know its early, open season doesn’t start until November. However, it is a good time to start thinking about your 2021 health care needs now. Open season is just around the corner. Request a Federal Retirement Report™ to review projected annuity payments, income verses expenses, FEGLI, and TSP projections. I recently talked with Kevin […]

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Posted on Friday, 14th August 2020 by Dennis Damp

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Many federal employees, including myself, purchased paper savings bonds though payroll deduction until paper bonds were discontinued eight years ago. Savings bonds mature after 30 years.  If you own bonds that are thirty or more years old, they no longer earn interest and should be cashed in. Many banks and credit unions no longer redeem […]

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Posted on Friday, 17th July 2020 by Dennis Damp

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This is a challenging time for all and uncertainty abounds. When we listen to the morning news, we hear of new setbacks in our fight to get back to normal; whatever that may end up being. Unfortunately, we are fighting a war on several fronts: from the pandemic to national unrest, and fueled by a […]

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Posted on Saturday, 13th June 2020 by Dennis Damp

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The CARES Act offers temporary loan and withdrawal options for TSP participants affected by COVID-19. The dramatic stock market sell-off this past March and subsequent correction last week reduced portfolio values dramatically for many. Lower account balances for all but the bond funds make the decision to take out loans or elect a withdrawal difficult. […]

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Posted on Friday, 15th May 2020 by Dennis Damp

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Those planning their retirement and annuitants require accessible resources for answers to their individual and unique questions. OPM does a good job managing our retirement system overall. However, there are limits to what they can and will provide. It’s often frustrating and difficult finding competent help and the level of assistance required. There are many […]

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Posted on Saturday, 2nd May 2020 by Dennis Damp

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A number of helpful updates were added to OPM’s online annuity services website recently at https://www.servicesonline.opm.gov. They changed the way your Claim Number works on the “Sign In” and “Forgot Password” pages. My Access Screen with Personal Data Removed This change provides assistance on Claim Number formatting during site entry. When you first enter the […]

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Posted on Saturday, 25th April 2020 by Dennis Damp

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The Covid19 pandemic shutdown may truly be worse than the disease itself. Tens of millions have been forced on unemployment and many small businesses may never recover. Companies selectively deemed essential like Walmart, Amazon, Target, Home Depot, Lowes and others are doing great while their smaller competitors are being forced out of business. This virus […]

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Posted on Friday, 17th April 2020 by Dennis Damp

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The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is providing support for those most impacted by the pandemic. Congress passed the Act last month and one of the key provisions is providing for Economic Impact Payments to American households. Payment of up to $1,200 per adult for individuals whose income was less than $99,000 […]

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