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Posted on Saturday, 18th September 2021 by Dennis Damp

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The older generations, including retirees and those still working and planning their exit, have a vast collective voice that is often ignored or relegated to background noise by the news media, big tech, political parties, and others. The older generations have ways to effect change to a greater degree than most realize. Only a small […]

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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 Thursday, 22nd July 2021 by Dennis Damp

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A number of our newsletter subscribers commented on my article titled, “Unexpected Medical Expenses.”  Several stand out and need further clarifications. One of particular interest was from Richard, he will turn 65 later this year and wanted to know if the drug manufacturer’s “savings card” that he now uses would be accepted after signing up […]

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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 Friday, 11th June 2021 by Dennis Damp

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Retirement is a life changing event that requires considerable research and due diligence. The elections made are often irreversible and can compromise a retiree’s finances and the benefits carried into retirement.  I retired from federal service in 2005 and my articles focus on current events that can and often do affect those planning their retirement […]

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Posted on Saturday, 29th May 2021 by Dennis Damp

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We all must become a patient advocate when a family member is undergoing treatment for serious illness. There are times when you have to be your own advocate, and perform the due diligence needed to receive the best treatment possible. Physicians have a lot on their plate and out of necessity often rely on a […]

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