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10:27 am, September 16, 2014

Retirement News

Health & life insurance premiums: Don't overpay!

When you are dealing with Uncle Sam, especially his complex work rules, it is hard to get a straight yes or no answer, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But there is a way to survive a federal career -- with a little help from the experts.

Friday - 03/21/2014, 02:00am EDT

TSP assets top $400B for first time; L Fund revamp continues

Thanks to a roaring stock market in February, total assets in the Thrift Savings Plan have climbed to the highest level in the plan's history. All told, assets in the TSP exceeded $400 billion at the end of last month. At the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board's monthly meeting Thursday, board members heard another recommendation to revamp the Lifecycle Funds.

Thursday - 03/20/2014, 03:07pm EDT

Lifetime job guidelines -- must read!

Yesterday's online chat with readers/listeners covered the watefront: From life-after-retirement to what to do with your TSP, his and her health plans and when to designate a survivor beneficiary. Check out Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's Federal Report for more.

Thursday - 03/20/2014, 02:00am EDT

Ask the retirement expert

NITP Senior Benefits Director Tammy Flanagan will answer your retirement questions.
March 19, 2014

Wednesday - 03/19/2014, 09:48pm EDT
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Online Chat: Ask the Benefits and Retirement Experts

Tammy Flanagan and Mike Causey join Federal News Radio for an online chat to answer your most pressing pay and benefits issues. Read the archived discussion.

Wednesday - 03/19/2014, 01:00pm EDT

How do you phase in a phase-in?

Although phased retirement became the law in 2012, the government hasn't phased it in just yet. And a lot of people say they are waiting. Apparently, the devil is in the details, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So, when will they phase in the phase-in?

Wednesday - 03/19/2014, 02:00am EDT

Art Stein, certified financial planner and investment manager

A financial expert explains what lifecycle investing is and how you can benefit.

Tuesday - 03/18/2014, 09:18am EDT
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Whom can you trust?

Marc Levine, of Handler and Levine LLC, offers advice on how to choose your trustees, powers of attorneys and executors.
March 17, 2014

Monday - 03/17/2014, 09:24pm EDT
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Investing for the long haul: a 4-point plan

In time, federal and postal employees may be the only American workers with a guaranteed pension plan, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. The wild card for feds is how, and how much, to invest in the TSP. So what's your plan?

Monday - 03/17/2014, 02:00am EDT

Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

A pop quiz coming to make sure your retirement's on track.

Friday - 03/14/2014, 06:46pm EDT
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What can USPS learn from TRICARE in funding retiree health care costs?

As lawmakers consider efforts to shore up the Postal Service's financial footing, there's still widespread disagreement over whether the current requirement for the agency prefunding requirement is fiscally responsible, as Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) argued during a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee hearing Thursday, or an "onerous mandate" only required of the Postal Service, as Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) contended.

Friday - 03/14/2014, 02:48pm EDT

Staff Sergeant Alexandra Springman, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base

The Air Force celebrates the retirement of one of its own - doggie style.

Thursday - 03/13/2014, 01:40pm EDT
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The TSP and more

CBS MoneyWatch Columnist Allan Roth discusses what you can do to maximize your TSP investments, and Nicole Johnson from the Federal Times discusses OPM's plans to reform its IT systems.
March 12, 2014

Wednesday - 03/12/2014, 07:37pm EDT
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House committee OKs bill making TSP's L Funds the default for new hires

New Thrift Savings Plan participants would be automatically enrolled in an age-appropriate Lifecycle Fund -- instead of the G Fund -- under a bill set to be debated Wednesday by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The Smart Savings Act, introduced by the committee's chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), is supported by the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board.

Tuesday - 03/11/2014, 04:14pm EDT

Estate planning and powers of attorney

Thomas J. O'Rourke, an attorney from Miles and Stockbridget, P.C., answer your calls and emails about estate planning, and changes in the laws governing powers of attorney.
March 10, 2014

Monday - 03/10/2014, 09:34pm EDT
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Retirement claims tick up in February, OPM retools federal retirement forecast

More than 12,000 federal employees filed for retirement last month, according to new data from the Office of Personnel Management. That was about 2,200 more retirement applications than the agency expected to receive under new monthly projections it began using this month. Despite an overall slower pace of retirements this year compared to last, OPM's progress in clearing a longstanding inventory of claims appears to have stalled. In fact, the backlog grew in February by more than 2,200 claims.

Thursday - 03/06/2014, 12:46pm EST

Financial awareness NOW!

Host Bob Leins and Certified Financial Planner Karen Schaeffer answer your calls and emails on what to do now to protect your financial assets in the future.
March 3, 2014

Monday - 03/03/2014, 08:41pm EST
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Bieber, Beyonce or buyout: What are your odds?

Given the choice, would you choose a date with Justin Bieber, an evening with Beyonce or a $25,000 buyout? Given the odds, chances are you will never have to make a choice, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But be prepared...

Friday - 02/28/2014, 02:00am EST

What's ahead for feds in 2014?

Federal Times writers Andy Medici and Sean Reilly and NARFE legislative director Jessica Klement will talk about some of the issues affecting feds in 2014.
February 26, 2014

Wednesday - 02/26/2014, 05:48pm EST
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What happens when you order steak and get Spam cutlets?

When you are expecting a big expensive wedding cake and somebody brings you a single Twinkie it can strain the relationship. That's sort of the situation today between federal and postal unions and the White House, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Wednesday - 02/26/2014, 02:00am EST
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