Carol Schmidlin

Carol Schmidlin, Certified Financial Fiduciary®, MRFC® is the President of Franklin Planning and has been advising clients on how to grow and preserve their wealth for 25 years. In addition to her financial planning practice, she is the founder of FedSavvy® Educational Solutions, which provides Financial and Retirement Literacy Programs for Federal Employees. She is passionate about helping families with all phases of Wealth Management and is a member of Ed Slott's Master Elite IRA Advisor Group. Her practice maintains a home office in Sewell, NJ along with a satellite office in Washington, DC. Carol can be reached at (856) 401-1101.

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March Madness and Taxes

By on March 18, 2015 in Current Events, Retirement with 0 Comments

March Madness is here! Yes, there’s the NCAA tournament, but the author reminds readers that it’s also tax season and provides some general tips to keep in mind as April 15th approaches.

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8 Threats for Retirement Accounts Under President Obama's 2016 Proposed Budget

By on March 9, 2015 in Current Events, Retirement with 0 Comments

While supporters of President Obama’s 2016 Fiscal Budget say the budget will make it easier to save for retirement, the proposal is giving mixed messages when it comes to retirement planning. The author highlights eight budget provisions that would have a negative impact on many retirement accounts.

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Turn Your Taxable Portfolio Into A Tax-Free Retirement Account

By on February 16, 2015 in Current Events, Retirement with 0 Comments

Long-time federal workers under CSRS have a unique opportunity for tax-free retirement income. The author describes how CSRS federal employees can contribute to the little-known Voluntary Contribution Program to overcome some of the major contribution limitations with IRAs.

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The Thrift Savings Plan of the Future

By on December 18, 2014 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments

The author says that the Thrift Savings Plan board members are recognizing that plan participants want more flexibility in making withdrawals in retirement. She says this is a step in the right direction and will likely lead to positive changes for the TSP in the future.

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IRAs Celebrate 40th Birthday

By on December 15, 2014 in Retirement with 0 Comments

IRAs are turning 40. The author provides some of the history and benefits of the IRA.

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Pay Taxes on the Seed, Not the Harvest

By on October 13, 2014 in Retirement with 0 Comments

One advantage federal employees have when saving for retirement is the Roth TSP. A Roth investment allows you to pay tax on the seed (the smaller, starting investment) and reap the bounties (the investment plus growth/interest) tax-free. The author explains more about how this works.

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What We Know So Far About Phased Retirement

By on September 15, 2014 in Current Events, Retirement with 0 Comments

Phased Retirement may finally be a reality for eligible federal employees desiring to phase into retirement, however, some agencies have said they will not allow employees to submit applications until 2015. The author offers considerations and practical examples for federal employees who may be considering utilizing the new phased retirement option.

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10 Questions You Need Answers To

By on June 17, 2014 in Current Events, Retirement with 0 Comments

The author offers ten questions you need to keep in mind for your financial situation as you near retirement from your federal career.

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Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) Benefits and Challenges

By on March 5, 2014 in Current Events with 0 Comments

The Thrift Savings Plan is an important component of your retirement plan, but it’s up to you to utilize it to its full potential. The author offers some benefits and challenges of the TSP as well as some investment approaches to consider.

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Preventive Planning to Avoid a Potential Healthcare Crisis

By on January 15, 2014 in Current Events, Retirement with 0 Comments

One thing that is not included in the FEHB plans is long term care insurance. The author offers considerations when exploring available options for covering a long term care event/illness as well as coverage options available to you.

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