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Posted on Friday, 11th March 2022 by Dennis Damp

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My previous article titled “Skyrocketing Inflation” had a broken link, the most clicked on link in the article. Here is the corrected link: How to Keep What You Worked a Lifetime Accumulating (Updated)   Typically, I focus on issues that impact those planning retirement and annuitants alike. The common thread reflects my personal experiences and […]

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Posted on Friday, 4th March 2022 by Dennis Damp

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Everyone must prepare to maintain their standard of living in retirement.  Retirees from all sectors and those still working feel the wrath of this unrelenting force that constantly impacts our day to day lives. The progression of this financial endemic (inflation) is always upon us. At times, and when the economy is on a sound […]

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Posted on Thursday, 3rd February 2022 by Dennis Damp

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Good news for those wanting more investment options. The TSP plans to add a mutual fund window as early as this summer. A welcomed addition from my perspective. The proposed rule was posted on the Federal Register January 26, 2022. Comments must be received on or before March 28, 2022.   Congress passed legislation in […]

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Posted on Sunday, 23rd January 2022 by Dennis Damp

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I’ve received a number of questions ranging from COLAs and I Savings Bond interest, to the impact on a federal employee’s annuity if they retire early or take a deferred retirement.  You may find this information helpful. COLAs and the FERS Supplement FERS employees retiring with a Special Supplement should be aware of their limitations. […]

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Posted on Friday, 17th December 2021 by Dennis Damp

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My previous article, “Required Minimum Distributions (RMDS) – Are Your Ready,” received considerable interest. I stated, “Many are confused by the Required Minimum Distribution (RDM) requirement for ROTH accounts and how this works. According to the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), the entire account balance, Traditional and ROTH, on December 31st of each year is used […]

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Posted on Friday, 10th December 2021 by Dennis Damp

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The Internal Revenue Code (IRC) requires that you begin receiving distributions from your account in the calendar year you become age 72 and are separated from federal service. Your entire TSP account—both traditional and Roth—is subject to these required minimum distributions (RMDs). The TSP calculates RMDs using your age, your prior year-end account balance, and […]

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Posted on Friday, 3rd December 2021 by Dennis Damp

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I’ve written a number of articles over the years on conservative investment strategies and often mentioned just how attractive I Savings Bonds are. A great overall investment; anyone purchasing I bonds between last November though next April will earn an astonishing 7.12% on their investment the first 6 months they own them. The rate changes […]

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Posted on Saturday, 27th November 2021 by Dennis Damp

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“Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Clause.” Prescription drug copays under Aetna’s Medicare Plans remain the same regardless of whether or not you enter the Part D prescription drug gap. This includes all three of their plans: Self Only (Z24), Self + 1 (Z26), Self and Family (Z25). I talked to a number of Aetna […]

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