John Grobe

John Grobe is President of Federal Career Experts, a firm that provides pre-retirement training and seminars to a wide variety of federal agencies. FCE's instructors are all retired federal retirement specialists who educate class participants on the ins and outs of federal retirement and benefits; there is never an attempt to influence participants to invest a certain way, or to purchase any financial products. John and FCE specialize in retirement for special category employees, such as law enforcement officers.

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Were You Born Too Early?

October 5, 2020 8:41 AM
Were You Born Too Early?

The author looks at some things which he happened to miss by being born too early (or too late).

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Time is Running Out to Replace Your RMD

August 27, 2020 11:21 AM
Time is Running Out to Replace Your RMD

Required minimum distributions were suspended under the CARES Act, but if you already took one and want to replace it, it must be done before it’s too late.

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Are Your Long-Term Care Plans Putting You in Danger?

June 22, 2020 3:26 PM
Are Your Long-Term Care Plans Putting You in Danger?

The coronavirus has disproportionately targeted individuals in long-term care facilities. The author says this is an important reminder for LTC planning.

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Social Security’s New Day of Reckoning

May 26, 2020 12:14 PM , Updated June 6, 2020 8:18 AM
Social Security’s New Day of Reckoning

The author says that the “day of reckoning” for Social Security is likely to come sooner than previously thought.

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The Thrift Board Blinked

May 15, 2020 8:29 AM , Updated May 29, 2020 5:44 PM
The Thrift Board Blinked

The FRTIB has delayed implementation of its planned change to the TSP’s I Fund, but is this debate really over yet?

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Honey, Don’t Hit Your TSP

March 28, 2020 10:14 AM , Updated April 10, 2020 10:56 AM
Honey, Don’t Hit Your TSP

The coronavirus stimulus bill may allow federal employees to take money out of their TSP accounts, but the author has a warning for anyone considering this.

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A Bucket of Coronavirus

March 2, 2020 7:14 AM , Updated March 14, 2020 3:03 PM
A Bucket of Coronavirus

Worries about the coronavirus have pushed the stock market into correction territory. Would a “bucket strategy” help retirees with funds in the TSP?

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Federal Retirement Benefits on the Chopping Block

February 19, 2020 1:19 PM , Updated March 13, 2020 10:56 AM
Federal Retirement Benefits on the Chopping Block

While the proposed budget cuts to federal employees’ retirement are familiar, the author says they contain a key difference this time.

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What Taxes Will Federal Employees Have in Retirement?

December 10, 2019 2:40 PM
What Taxes Will Federal Employees Have in Retirement?

What taxes can federal employees expect to pay after they retire from federal service?

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Inflation and its Impact on your Federal Retirement

November 13, 2019 10:24 AM , Updated November 27, 2019 5:00 PM
Inflation and its Impact on your Federal Retirement

Federal retirees receive COLAs on their annuities to help offset inflation, but are there any similar options with your TSP account?

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