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5:31 pm, March 29, 2015

Retirement News

2016's zero calorie COLA?

Former feds and those about to retire, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey has some news for you -- both good and bad -- about the impact inflation has on your retirement.

Monday - 03/09/2015, 03:00am EDT

Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

Your agency's human resources department calls getting married a "life event." Life events can have a big impact on your future retirement plans and the benefits you receive. Tammy Flanagan is Senior Benefits Director for the National Institute of Transition Planning. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she answered questions people are asking about marriage.

Friday - 03/06/2015, 05:14pm EST
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Federal employees' groups denounce pension reform bill

"Un-American" was how the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association described a bill to calculate retirement benefits according to an employee's "high five." Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ariz.) sponsored the measure.

Friday - 03/06/2015, 03:38pm EST

OPM retirement backlog reaches 18-month high

Just over 9,200 federal employees filed for retirement benefits in February, enough to swell the government's backlog of retirement claims to its highest point since the summer of 2013.

Friday - 03/06/2015, 11:33am EST

Phasing in phased retirement

Phased retirement seemed like such a simple idea. But, it's like the federal government got hung up on the "Stupid" part of the K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple, Stupid approach to implementing it, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Friday - 03/06/2015, 03:00am EST

Walking through the federal minefield

Jennifer Mattingley, director of government affairs with Shaw Bransford and Roth, will discuss the federal pay raise, changes to the retirees cost of living program and other issues affected feds, and Federal Times Senior Writer Andy Medici will talk about phased retirement and possible changes in defense per diem rates.
March 4, 2015

Wednesday - 03/04/2015, 06:45pm EST
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Estate planning for younger families

Attorney Marc Levine joins host Bob Leins to answer emails about estate planning.
March 2, 2015

Monday - 03/02/2015, 09:36pm EST
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TSP balance tops $113k: Are you smart, lucky or both?

When it comes to prepping for retirement, federal workers are doing much better than their private sector counterparts, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Monday - 03/02/2015, 03:00am EST

Lt. Gen. Jack Klimp, President, National Association for Uniformed Services

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said he's open to considering changes to the retirement plans for members of the military. The military compensation and retirement modernization commission has submitted its recommendations to the the secretary's office. Retired Marine Lt. Gen. Jack Klimp is president and CEO of the National Association for Uniformed Services. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the commission's work may be a good starting point for the discussion.

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 04:29pm EST
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TSP or an annuity? Look before you leap!

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey shares some expert advice on why converting your TSP balance to an annuity might not be a good idea.

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 03:00am EST

Kim Weaver, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

More of your colleagues than ever invest for retirement in the Thrift Savings Plan. 88 percent of FERS employees across government save in TSP accounts. Kim Weaver is director of external affairs at the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she told what the TSP thinks that number means.

Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 04:30pm EST
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Tax savings now and during the year

Tax and estate planning attorney Tom O'Rourke joins host Bob Leins to answer your questions about tax shelters, the TSP, the Roth TSP, and the Section 529 plan.
February 23, 2015

Monday - 02/23/2015, 05:53pm EST
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Snow wreaks havoc on TSP customer service line

A snowstorm forced the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board to close down one of its call centers on the busiest call day of the year.

Monday - 02/23/2015, 01:50pm EST

Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

You have two basic retirement-planning options with the Thrift Savings Plan. You can leave your money in, or take it out. Tammy Flanagan is Senior Benefits Director for the National Institute of Transition Planning. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said there are pros and cons for both, but you need to think carefully before you decide what to do.

Friday - 02/20/2015, 05:15pm EST
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The mysteries of estate planning

Host Mike Causey is joined by estate planner Tom O'Rourke who will discuss what you need to do to make sure your estate is in order.
February 18, 2015

Wednesday - 02/18/2015, 06:50pm EST

Wanted: You. Dead or alive!

Estate planning is not fun and it can be somewhat grim. But the only thing worse than doing it now is not doing it, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Wednesday - 02/18/2015, 03:00am EST

Medicare enrollment: A complex landscape

Federal benefits specialist Bob Braunstein joins host Bob Leins to discuss Medicare enrollment and whether it is an option for you.
February 16, 2015

Monday - 02/16/2015, 08:45pm EST
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TSP Board looks for fund manager for C Fund

The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board issued a request for proposal for the Thrift Savings Plan's Common Stock Fund.

Thursday - 02/12/2015, 10:20am EST

Oil, interest rates and political risk, oh my!

Certified financial planner Kristina E.M. Sturgis joins hosts Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan for a discussion on investing during rising volatility.
February 9, 2015

Monday - 02/09/2015, 07:21pm EST
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John Salamone, Vice President, FMP Consulting

The Office of Personnel Management is falling behind in the plan to get rid of its backlog of retirement claims. The latest retirement numbers show OPM's backlog is growing, even though it received fewer claims than it expected. John Salamone is vice president of FMP Consulting, and former executive director of the Chief Human Capital Officers Council. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he broke down the retirement trends he sees at OPM.

Monday - 02/09/2015, 04:27pm EST
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