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Federal Retirement

How Rebalancing Your TSP May Improve Long Term Results

For participants in the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), it’s more important to focus on tried-and-true disciplines that have worked over time versus what the stock market is currently doing or what the talking heads predict the market will do.  Rebalancing is one such discipline that can potentially reduce risk and increase long term performance, and…

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5 Ways To Build Your Emergency Fund

There’s great comfort in knowing you can weather the most common “financial emergencies” like a new transmission for your car, a trip to the emergency room and even the dreaded AC unit replacement.  It’s important to have an emergency fund in place, but what’s considered a viable amount and how long does it take to build?…

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How To Increase Your FERS Annuity by 10% for Life

Planning for retirement is a significant undertaking, especially for federal employees.  The Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS) offers a robust benefits package which includes an annuity also know as a pension, which is generally considered the most important benefit for retirement income planning.  If you’re in FERS, you can actually lock in a 10% increase to…

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FEHB and Medicare: How They Work Together for Federal Employees

When you retire there are two important things that you want to know you have covered – a healthy retirement account with adequate money to support you throughout your retirement years, and medical/health coverage that will protect you throughout the years of aging that can often bring on increased medical expenses. Fortunately, for federal employees,…

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What You Should Know & What You Can Do with Your FEGLI Program

When it comes to federal benefits there are a lot of acronyms and it can be a little confusing to understand what each one means and how it impacts your benefits.  One such acronym is FEGLI which stands for Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance.  It is important for any adult to consider life insurance because…

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How to Define Federal Retirement Objectives

No matter what age you are or what stage you are at in your career, defining your federal retirement objectives is a critical part of your federal retirement planning.  Sometimes determining how much money you need for retirement can feel like a guessing game.  How can you know what you will need in 20, 30,…

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Federal Retirement – Should You Early Out?

When it comes to retirement from a career working for the federal government, there are a lot of different options.  No two retirements look the same.  People retire at different ages, at different stages of their career, and for a variety of different reasons.  VERA is a term that all federal employees should be familiar…

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