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Posted on Friday, 29th April 2022 by Dennis Damp

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We can expect another significant COLA increase in 2023 if inflation continues on its current path or if we move to what economists call stagflation. According to the Senior Citizens League, the 2023 COLA could be as high as 8.9%; the largest increase since 1981 when it was 11.2%; in 1980 it was 14.3%! There […]

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Posted on Friday, 25th March 2022 by Dennis Damp

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Investment Rates Updated 5/22/2022 Currently, even after the recent Federal Reserve’s interest rate hike, my bank reduced their savings rate from .05% to .04%!  Makes no sense except for the banks, they loan our money out at much higher rates and we fund their huge profits. Bank CEOs brag about their astronomical client deposits 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 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, 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 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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Posted on Saturday, 20th November 2021 by Dennis Damp

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Updated 11/27/2021 My recent article titled “GEHA Standard to BCBS Basic Plan Comparison – 2022” stated that Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Medicare Advantage (MA) plans could possibly save you even more. These plans were introduced as new options in the FEHB program over the past several year. Many federal employees and annuitants are curious […]

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Posted on Friday, 19th November 2021 by Dennis Damp

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Transitory inflation is a myth that is unsustainable. Yes, the COLA this year was 5.9%; since it was announced, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported prices climbed 6.2% year-over-year, the largest increase since November 1990. Everything we buy or the services we use with few exceptions are increasing at an alarming rate. Medicare premiums were […]

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