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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Contributing to an IRA Outside of the TSP

By on July 30, 2014 in Q&A, Retirement with 0 Comments
Contributing to an IRA Outside of the TSP

Under what circumstances can you contribute to a Roth IRA outside of the TSP?

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Should I Apply for Retirement 6 Months in Advance?

By on July 22, 2014 in Q&A, Retirement with 0 Comments

My OPM officer is saying that if I apply for retirement 6 months in advance, the application will “only sit in a folder.” Can you suggest what I should do?

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Questions You Should Ask About Your Investments

By on July 9, 2014 in Current Events, Retirement with 0 Comments

The Securities and Exchange Commission offers a brochure that is helpful when choosing a financial advisor as well as helping you understand your investments.

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Postponing Retirement Under FERS

By on July 9, 2014 in Q&A, Retirement with 0 Comments

If I elect a postponed retirement to age 62, will I receive an increased annuity?

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Withdrawing Government Annuity Early

By on July 1, 2014 in Q&A with 0 Comments

Is there a program that allows a federal employee to withdraw from their government annuity early?

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Was the FERS Special Supplement Terminated?

By on June 26, 2014 in Q&A with 0 Comments

I thought the FERS special retirement supplement was terminated in the FY14 Budget – has it been reinstated?

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What Every Federal Employee’s Financial Planner Should Know About Federal Retirement and Benefits

By on June 25, 2014 in Retirement with 0 Comments

Federal employees have some unique features to their financial lives, so financial advisors should know about them.

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Recommendation for Financial Planners

By on June 18, 2014 in Q&A with 0 Comments
Recommendation for Financial Planners

What are some good resources for finding a financial planner?

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Suspending Social Security Benefits

By on June 11, 2014 in Q&A, Retirement with 0 Comments

I’m 67 years old and I’ve been receiving benefits since I was 66. I’m working part time and want to suspend these benefits; however the SSA office told me I could have done this before I turned 67, but not now. Could they be incorrect?

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What Forms Do I Need to Designate My TSP to My Children?

By on June 4, 2014 in Q&A with 0 Comments
What Forms Do I Need to Designate My TSP to My Children?

What forms do I need to get to the TSP to set it up so that all that is in there will go to my children?

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