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1:28 pm, December 18, 2014

Retirement News

The OPM budget memo, RIFs, and buyouts

Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller and Federal Times Senior Writer Andy Medici will discuss OMB's budget guidance memo, and OPM Director Katherine Archuleta will give us an update on Public Service Recognition Week.
May 7, 2014

Wednesday - 05/07/2014, 05:26pm EDT
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Despite uptick in retirement claims, OPM reduces backlog by 2K

The Office of Personnel Management received 8,047 new retirement claims in April, which is about 1,500 more than the 6,500 it projected that it would receive for that month.

Monday - 05/05/2014, 05:33pm EDT

Pension benefits: Not all feds are created equal

When it comes to retirement benefits, not all federal workers pay the same, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey say. In fact, the giant Federal Employees Retirement System, or FERS, now has three tiers.

Monday - 05/05/2014, 02:00am EDT

Most TSP funds see slight gains in April

All funds in the Thrift Savings Plan showed gains in April, except for the S Fund. This is the second month in a row that the S Fund has returned in the red.

Friday - 05/02/2014, 08:27am EDT

The TSP: What's in it for you?

Financial advisor Arthur Stein will answer your calls and emails about the TSP. Also, Andy Medici and Amber Corrin of the Federal Times will discuss, among other things, Public Service Recognition Week and the recently passed DATA Act.
April 30, 2014

Wednesday - 04/30/2014, 07:04pm EDT
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Financial literacy wrap-up

Hosts Bob Leins and John Elliott answer your questions in the final of a series of programs on financial literacy.
April 25, 2014

Monday - 04/28/2014, 06:59pm EDT
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To TSP or not to TSP? That is the question

Are you sick of the constraints in the Thrift Savings Plan? Are you anxious to get outside investment help? Well before you turn your retirement nest egg over to a bank, or your freelance neighborhood dog walker, check out Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's column today.

Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 02:00am EDT

Financial literacy & estate planning - important together!

Certified Financial Planner Karen Schaeffer and attorney Megan Schaeffer answer your calls and emails about how to create a financial plan for your family.
April 21, 2014

Monday - 04/21/2014, 04:58pm EDT
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Building blocks for financial literacy

Federal benefits specialist Ray Kirk discusses how to achieve your financial goals by using the building blocks provided by the federal government.
April 14, 2014

Monday - 04/14/2014, 08:16pm EDT
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An update on the Senior Executives Service

Carol Bonosaro, president of the Senior Executives Association, will discuss the status of the SES, and Nicole Johnson and Andy Medici from the Federal Times will talk about cloud computing and the likelihood that feds will get a pay raise.
April 9, 2014

Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 04:41pm EDT
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Determining your financial ability to retire

Certified Financial Planner Joe Sullender answers your questions about retirement planning.
April 7, 2014

Monday - 04/07/2014, 05:53pm EDT
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Retirement backlog shrinks for first time this year

Thanks to better than expected progress in processing federal retirement claims last month, the Office of Personnel Management's backlog of pending claims is shrinking for the first time this year. By the end of March, the number of backlogged claims shrank from more than 23,500 claims to about 18,500.

Monday - 04/07/2014, 12:02pm EDT

Medicare Part B: The $1,200 question

With apologies to Shakespeare, the most common question federal workers ask at benefits seminars is the To B or Not to B question. Should they pay $1,200 a year for Medicare Part B, or rely on their federal health plan? Short answer: It depends, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Monday - 04/07/2014, 02:00am EDT

Tammy Flanagan, Senior Benefits Director, National Institute of Transition Planning

The Thrift Savings Plan is unrolling a "Take Five for Your Future" initiative to help you understand your TSP options better. It's using the number five to drive home advice on agency contributions, from the five life cycle funds to how long it takes to start planning your financial future. The TSP even has a video to try to make the learning curve extra smooth. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director for the National Institute of Transition Planning, filled in Francis Rose on In Depth.

Friday - 04/04/2014, 04:33pm EDT
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What's going on on Capitol Hill?

NARFE Legislative Director Jessica Klement will give us an update on pending legislation affecting federal workers and retirees.
April 2, 2014

Wednesday - 04/02/2014, 05:33pm EDT
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TSP performance mixed in March

With gains on Wall Street hitting some headwinds in March, the performance of funds in the Thrift Savings Plan last month lagged behind February's advances. Three of the TSP's five regular funds ended the month in negative territory.

Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 01:34pm EDT

House budget seeks to up feds' retirement contributions

The budget blueprint unveiled by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) Tuesday includes a handful of proposals affecting the federal workforce that Ryan and House Republicans have championed in the past. Among them, the recommendation that federal employees contribute more of their salary toward their pensions and a proposal to shrink the federal workforce by 10 percent through attrition.

Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 12:54pm EDT

Rush hour or sleep late? Your call!

The way things are going, a lot of long-time feds are doing the math to see how much longer they can afford to work. So do you keep fighting rush-hour traffic or give yourself the option to sleep late? Follow the money, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 02:00am EDT

How can Social Security add GREEN to your retirement cash flow?

Lester Austin, public affairs specialist for the Social Security Administration, answers your calls and emails about Social Security and retirement.
March 31, 2014

Monday - 03/31/2014, 11:11pm EDT
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Taxes: Pay them now or pay them later

Where and how you watch the Superbowl or Dancing With the Stars may depend on when and if you pay your taxes, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So how can a Roth TSP help you, maybe, make a million tax-free dollars?

Monday - 03/31/2014, 02:00am EDT
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