April 2019 Classes have Sold Out
Our April 3 and April 4 classes in Anchorage have sold out. If you’d like to know when we offer classes in the future – be sure to sign up for our monthly ezine, “FERS Federal Retirement Fact Check”. When you’re signed up for our ezine newsletter, you’ll get the latest information about classes we teach.
We can teach a special class for your agency. Request a class for your agency by filling out this form.
We also have a new exclusive online workshop for FERS federal employees. It’s called “3 Critical Concepts That Most Federal Employees Miss When Planning Their Retirement”. This workshop is only offered a few times a year. Sign up for our ezine newsletter to find out when we start our next class.
“Are You Going to the Right Pre-Retirement Class?”Did you know that there are several different groups that put on pre-retirement classes in Anchorage? Make sure you’re attending the right retirement class. Many federal employees *think* they’re coming to one of our classes -but they’re actually signed up for someone else’s class. Before you sign up for a pre-retirement class, make sure you know who’s teaching your class. Many instructors teaching pre-retirement classes fly around the country teaching classes. But very few have actual experience helping individual federal employees plan their retirement.
Who’s Teaching Your Pre-Retirement Class?Our FERS pre-retirement classes are taught by Floyd Shilanski, Micah Shilanski and Jamie Shilanski. Each are financial professionals living and working in Alaska. They help Federal Employees in Alaska and federal employees from across the nation to plan their retirement. They have real experience in helping individual federal employees through the entire retirement process and beyond.
Floyd Shilanski, RFC®Floyd is the founder of Shilanski & Associates, Inc., an independent financial planning firm that has been in business in Anchorage for nearly 40 years. Floyd has years of experience helping individuals pursue their financial and retirement goals.
Micah Shilanski, CFP®Micah is the founder of Plan-Your-Federal-Retirement.com. He is also an author for FedSmith.com, and has been mentioned in many GovExec.com articles by Tammy Flanagan. Federal Employees from across the nation (and even those stationed overseas) have called Micah when they needed help with their federal retirement benefits. Micah is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional who specializes in helping federal employees get the most out of their retirement benefits.
Jamie Shilanski, RFC®Jamie orchestrates educational classes as well for Federal Employees working in the State of Alaska on their benefits. She works with several Human Resource professionals in an effort to educate employees on how their benefits play a significant part of one’s financial plan.
Real Experience Helping Federal Employees in AlaskaWe teach classes, but more importantly, we have personally helped individual federal employees through the entire federal retirement process, from planning to paperwork and enjoying retirement. We’ve seen the mistakes that can happen, and we want to help you avoid them. We’re local. We’re not flying in from outside; we live and work right here in Anchorage. We’re familiar with the unique issues that affect Alaska’s federal employees.
Our FERS Retirement Classes are DifferentYour federal benefits are just one piece of your overall financial puzzle. When you attend one of our FERS pre-retirement seminars…
- You’ll learn about your federal retirement benefits from a financial planning perspective
- You’ll understand how your benefit choices impact your overall financial picture
- You’ll see examples of common mistakes, and learn how to avoid them
- You’ll learn about the importance of estate planning for federal employees
- You’ll have a chance to ask specific questions about how your benefits work
Cost to Attend?Our FERS retirement seminars are provided at no cost to federal employees, but you must register online in advance. Parking is at your own expense, so we encourage you to bring a friend and carpool. We think it’s important for you to be able to ask questions during the presentation, so we keep our class sizes small. Registration is first come, first serve. We encourage spouses to attend, just make sure you’re registered so we can save you a seat! 🙂
Class Location & Times?Our classes are taught in downtown Anchorage, but please check event details for exact locations – as the location may be different for different dates. (You’ll see the specific location when you’re registering for class) Classes start at 8:00 am. Our FERS retirement seminars are generally concluded by 5:00pm.
Topics Covered in Our FERS Retirement SeminarsOur FERS retirement seminars are different: we focus on your federal retirement benefits from a financial planning perspective. We’ll go over the ins and outs of your FERS benefits, but we also discuss how your FERS benefits fit into your overall retirement picture. Here’s a list of the major topics we cover in class…
- Financial Planning: Perception vs Reality
- FERS Retirement Eligibility
- FERS Annuity / Pension Calculation
- High – 3 Salary
- Creditable Service
- Buying Back Time (Military, temp time, etc.)
- COLA to Locality Pay for Alaska
- Social Security for FERS
- TSP – Your Retirement Choices
- FEGLI Life Insurance
- FEDLTC Long Term Care
- FEHB Health Insurance
- Taxes & Your Federal Retirement
- Estate Planning for Federal Employees