Going it Alone
Today’s world is full of do-it-yourselfers, and rightfully so due to our access to information. Anything from house repairs to car repairs to investing can be done on your own, but the question I ponder is, “Is it worth it?”
TSP Modernization Act is Here, What Now?
On September 15, the TSP Modernization Act should be in place giving federal employees more access to their Thrift Savings plan. What does that mean and how will it affect federal employees?
Retire Now or Work Longer?
Federal employees considering retirement are constantly debating whether or not they should work for another year, or two years, or even three
Different Advisors and Their Compensation
Seeking financial advice can be a daunting task for federal employees. There are many types of advisors that provide advice and most of them will claim that they are
Evaluating a LEO or ATC Contract Position
Many federal employees are in the fortunate position of having the option of moving to a contract position at retirement, or even before they plan to retire. This can happen with specialties
My Pet Peeves in the Financial Industry
The financial advice industry has gotten plenty of bad press in the past and rightfully so. The industry is not isolated from criminals, deception and
Survivor Annuity Versus Life Insurance
A common practice of married federal employees is to take a survivor annuity when they retire. The goal of the survivor annuity is to guarantee a benefit for a surviving spouse
Benefits Decisions at FERS Retirement
The final step toward retirement in the workplace is filling out retirement paperwork. That paperwork contains a few very important decisions for
The Best Time to Collect Social Security
Collecting Social Security at the right time can have a big impact on retirement. Many people could benefit by delaying Social Security past the age of 62, however
Year End Review - 10 Ways to Save on Taxes and Expenses
The end of the year is a great time to do a review of your finances. Things that tend to change at the beginning of each year are contribution limits and taxes.
Should a Federal Employee Pay Off Their House?
The question of paying off your house or not is one that seems to be a constant debate among people approaching retirement. In fact, it’s a good question for anyone with a mortgage.
Health Savings Account Awesomeness This Open Season
I have written before about Health Savings Accounts (HSA) and how wonderful they are, but with open season on the horizon I thought it was time to freshen up on our HSA knowledge.