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Retirement News

July living costs, January COLA drop

Thanks to a slight dip in July living costs, the tentative inflation-catch up for millions of retired Americans now stands at 1.8 percent. But, feds have two more months to endure before they know what their cost of living adjustment will be next January, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Friday - 08/22/2014, 02:00am EDT

FERS TSP enrollment hits record high

At its monthly board meeting Thursday in Washington, the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (FRTIB) announced that 87.5 percent of FERS employees are actively contributing to their TSP accounts. The percentage just surpasses the previous record high of 87.4 percent in January 2003. Although participation is increasing, a lower percentage of participants are contributing full match to their TSP accounts.

Thursday - 08/21/2014, 12:45pm EDT
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Options: Feds have plenty of them

So, you're reaping the benefits of your Thrift Savings Plan? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says you still may be missing out on a host of other federal benefits that are available to you.

Thursday - 08/21/2014, 02:00am EDT

The Millionaire Inside of You

Are you a $1 million baby? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says you can be if, like some other feds, you make the most out of your Thrift Savings Plan.

Wednesday - 08/20/2014, 02:00am EDT

Phased retirement and financial awareness

Federal benefits expert Ray Kirk gives his thoughts on OPM's phased retirement guidelines and what they mean for you.
August 18, 2014

Monday - 08/18/2014, 09:54pm EDT
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Emotional Investors: Sell low then buy high!

Unless you're financially well-off, you need to get to know your Thrift Savings Plan. It may be responsible for one-third to one-half of the income you receive in your retirement, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Thursday - 08/14/2014, 02:00am EDT

Are you eligible for phased retirement?

FederalNewsRadio.com writer/editor Shefali Kapadia joins host Mike Causey to talk about phased retirement, and Jenny Mattingley, director of Government Affairs at the law firm Shaw, Bransford & Roth will discuss the upcoming federal pay raise and the possibility of a government shutdown.
August 13, 2014

Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 08:57pm EDT

Phased Retirement: Empowered or Embalmed?

Is the perfect job -- one with less work, a shorter commute and less time in the office -- within reach? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says phased retirement may hold the key to a perfect job for some feds.

Wednesday - 08/13/2014, 02:00am EDT

Financial planning tips and strategies for new feds!

Certified financial planner Nick Martinez joins the show to discuss how to handle your finances and establish goals if you are a new federal employee.
August 11, 2014

Monday - 08/11/2014, 08:48pm EDT
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Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director, National Institute of Transition Planning

The final rule is out on phased retirement for federal employees. The Office of Personnel Management says people can start submitting their applications for phased retirement on Nov. 6. But not everyone can qualify. Tammy Flanagan is senior benefits director of the National Institute of Transition Planning. She explained the details of the final rule on In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu.

Friday - 08/08/2014, 03:33pm EDT
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Q&A: Phased Retirement

The Office of Personnel Management's final rule on phased retirement is out, and so is additional guidance for agencies. But questions still abound. Federal News Radio answers your most pressing questions on phased retirement, from eligibility to pay, and what took OPM so long.

Friday - 08/08/2014, 02:33pm EDT

OPM releases final rule on phased retirement

The rule comes more than two years after President Barack Obama signed the provision into law on July 6, 2012. Under the final rule, eligible employees can work part time while drawing on part of their earned retirement benefits. Phased retirees must also spend at least 20 percent of their time mentoring other employees.

Thursday - 08/07/2014, 08:22am EDT
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The TSP, VA changes, & pension plan rollback

Financial planner Arthur Stein will answer your calls and emails about the TSP, and Federal Times Senior Writer Andy Medici will discuss changes at the Department of Veterans Affairs, and proposed changes to the federal pension plan.
August 6, 2014

Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 05:09pm EDT
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Despite rise in retirement claims, OPM remains on course in cutting backlog

The Office of Personnel Management received 9,101 retirement claims -- about 1,000 more than it had projected for the month, according to data OPM released Tuesday.

Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 03:05pm EDT

TSP's awful August surprise

Got the shakes about your nest egg? The one that's supposed to provide one-third to one-half of your total retirement income? Are you feeling a little nervous? asks Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 12:43pm EDT

Taxes, estate planning, and the IRS - What's the best strategy?

David DeJong and Steve Widdes, partners at Stein Sperling, answer your questions about estate planning.
August 4, 2014

Monday - 08/04/2014, 09:16pm EDT
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Rep. Edwards proposes restoring lower retirement contributions for feds

Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) introduced a bill Thursday that would reduce the amount new federal employees must pay toward their government pensions. The National Treasury Employees Union and the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association support the legislation, which would repeal the last two increases in retirement contributions.

Friday - 08/01/2014, 03:34pm EDT

Most TSP funds suffer losses in July

Outside of the "never has a bad day" G Fund, the Thrift Savings Plan saw across the board losses in July. However, year-to-date, each of the funds remains in the positive.

Friday - 08/01/2014, 01:16pm EDT

Retirement board sees spike in Roth TSP enrollment

Two years after launching the Roth option for the Thrift Savings Plan, the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (FRTIB) has seen Roth TSP enrollment rise to 8 percent.

Thursday - 07/31/2014, 02:23pm EDT
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Ask the retirement expert

NITP Senior Benefits Director Tammy Flanagan will answer your retirement questions.
July 30, 2014

Wednesday - 07/30/2014, 09:48pm EDT
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