John Grobe

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.

The Best Date to Retire in 2011

Many people are curious about the best day to retire in 2011. Well, the best day to retire in 2011 is the same as it was in 2010; that is December 31st. This is especially important for those who are planning on receiving a large annual leave payment, as the leave year ends on December 31, 2011 and anyone who retires after that date will lose any excess use-or-lose leave they have accrued.

Your TSP: Roll it or Leave It?

When you retire, you will be faced with many choices as to what to do with your Thrift Savings Plan investments. If a financial advisor is suggesting that you roll your money into an IRA, ask why. Is it because the IRA is really a better investment, or is it that he/she will earn a fee from the transaction?

Should You Make a Military Deposit?

Federal employees who have had military service after January 1, 1957 have the opportunity to make a deposit and have that military time count for both their CSRS or FERS retirement and for Social Security. In most instances it makes a great deal of sense to buy the military time, but there are exceptions.

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