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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The Thrift Board Blinked

By on May 15, 2020 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
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

By on March 28, 2020 in Retirement with 0 Comments
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

By on March 2, 2020 in Retirement with 0 Comments
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

By on February 19, 2020 in Retirement with 0 Comments
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?

By on December 10, 2019 in Retirement with 0 Comments
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

By on November 13, 2019 in Retirement with 0 Comments
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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Federal Employees Are Lucky

By on September 19, 2019 in Pay & Benefits, Retirement with 0 Comments
Federal Employees Are Lucky

The author says that although federal employees may not think of themselves as lucky, they have plenty for which to be thankful.

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The FERS Earnings Test

By on August 20, 2019 in Retirement with 0 Comments
The FERS Earnings Test

Are you planning to retire before full Social Security retirement age? Be aware of these earnings tests under FERS.

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Your Retirement Income: Will WEP be Repealed?

By on August 2, 2019 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Your Retirement Income: Will WEP be Repealed?

Another bill has been introduced to eliminate the WEP. What are the chances of this provision actually being repealed?

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When is the Best Date to Take SSA’s Early Out Retirement Offer?

By on April 10, 2019 in Retirement with 0 Comments
When is the Best Date to Take SSA’s Early Out Retirement Offer?

SSA is offering some of its employees an “early out” on retirement. The author explains the best dates for these employees to plan their retirement.

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