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The Purpose of a Thrift Savings Plan & The Rule of 55

The Purpose of a Thrift Savings Plan & The Rule of 55

This is the second blog in our 3-part series: What FERS Retirees Should Know Before Starting Social Security Retirement Benefits & TSP Withdrawals Read Part 1: When Should You Apply for Social[…]

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When Should You Apply for Social Security Retirement Benefits?

When Should You Apply for Social Security Retirement Benefits?

This is the first blog in our 3-part series: What FERS Retirees Should Know Before Starting Social Security Retirement Benefits & TSP Withdrawals   Are you ready to retire? If you are a FERS[…]

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7 Basic Tips for Financial Success

7 Basic Tips for Financial Success

One of the best gifts you can give your children is an education on the basics of financial responsibility. When a friend emailed us the other day and asked us to write down some basic financial[…]

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What is Life Insurance?

What is Life Insurance?

The short answer is income replacement protection. But let’s dig in a bit deeper to see exactly what it means. The Real Purpose of Life Insurance Life Insurance is not a lottery ticket. It is[…]

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Irreversible Mistakes with Your Federal Benefits

Irreversible Mistakes with Your Federal Benefits

Our recent post,  Trust but Verify, showed that relying on your agency’s HR staff to determine your retirement qualifications can have serious consequences. There are many common mistakes that[…]

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The S&P 500, Federal Employee Retirement, and NASCAR

The S&P 500, Federal Employee Retirement, and NASCAR

My dad loved to watch sports. Nothing made for a more perfect Saturday than a couple of college games on either side of the dial and a NASCAR race in between. It didn’t take a hometown team on the[…]

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7 Myths About Financial Planning

7 Myths About Financial Planning

Many people recognize the importance of financial planning today.  Yet many still hold misconceptions about who can benefit from financial planning and how it can best benefit them. Myth #1:[…]

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Start Saving Now

Start Saving Now

There’s an old saying, “The best time to plant an oak tree was 20 years ago.”  Unfortunately, 20 years has passed, so the next best time to plant an oak tree is today. Poor Planning and a Poor[…]

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The Art of Choosing a Financial Planner

The Art of Choosing a Financial Planner

Choosing a financial planner can be an extremely frustrating and overwhelming task.  That’s probably why a lot of people simply avoid it altogether. With that said, please be aware that being[…]

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What is a Fiduciary and Why Should I Care?

What is a Fiduciary and Why Should I Care?

Perhaps you have heard the buzz about how financial advisors need to be fiduciaries. It comes up in many advertisements on T.V. and radio. Maybe you were surprised to hear that not all people who[…]

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