Retirement

Does Your Unused Sick Leave Count Towards Your Retirement Eligibility?

By on October 19, 2017 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Does Your Unused Sick Leave Count Towards Your Retirement Eligibility?

How is your unused sick leave factored into your annuity calculation? The author clarifies what he says is a frequent misconception among federal employees.

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How Do I Know What I Will Receive in Social Security Benefits?

By on October 19, 2017 in Q&A, Retirement with 0 Comments
How Do I Know What I Will Receive in Social Security Benefits?

How do I figure out what I will actually receive in Social Security benefits if I retire at age 55?

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Federal Retirees: Will You Receive a Full or Prorated COLA?

By on October 18, 2017 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Federal Retirees: Will You Receive a Full or Prorated COLA?

The 2018 COLA increase will be reflected in payments for federal retirees in January 2018. Some will receive a full COLA; others will receive a prorated COLA.

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Seniors’ Security Act Takes Retirees Into Unknown Territory

By on October 18, 2017 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Seniors’ Security Act Takes Retirees Into Unknown Territory

Another attempt is being made in Congress to change COLA increases to use the CPI-E in an effort to help retirees. Is this a good idea?

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When Does It Make Sense to Get Help With Retirement Planning and Investments?

By on October 17, 2017 in Retirement with 0 Comments
When Does It Make Sense to Get Help With Retirement Planning and Investments?

When does it make sense to work with a financial planner for retirement? The author provides some considerations on when you may or may not want to use one.

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Double Taxation of Social Security

By on October 16, 2017 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Double Taxation of Social Security

The author says that what he describes as double taxation of Social Security benefits is unfair, but Congress has little option to address the situation.

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Hurricanes in August and September Dramatically Impacted 2018 COLA

By on October 15, 2017 in Retirement with 0 Comments
Hurricanes in August and September Dramatically Impacted 2018 COLA

Two major hurricanes were a big factor in a higher COLA for federal retirees in 2018. The author explains how this happened.

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2% COLA for Federal Retirees in 2018

By on October 13, 2017 in Retirement with 0 Comments
2% COLA for Federal Retirees in 2018

The 2018 cost of living adjustment for federal retirees will be 2%.

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An Ounce of Current Prevention is Worth a Pound of Post-Retirement Cure!

By on October 10, 2017 in Retirement with 0 Comments
An Ounce of Current Prevention is Worth a Pound of Post-Retirement Cure!

Prevention is often more valuable than a cure. The author explains ways to apply this concept to your retirement planning.

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I Worked Part Time Under FERS; How Does This Affect My Annuity?

By on October 10, 2017 in Q&A, Retirement with 0 Comments
I Worked Part Time Under FERS; How Does This Affect My Annuity?

I’m a FERS employee who has worked part time for part of my federal career. How does this affect my length of service and the way my FERS annuity is computed?

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