Should I withdraw my FERS Contributions?

withdraw FERS contributions

“How do I know when it’s worth it to withdraw (refund) my FERS contribution when I leave the Fed workforce? if I have less than 10 years but meet the minimum 5 years, I have to wait till age 62 so how do I know inflation will eat away at it since the growth speed […]

Ep #41: TSP & Market Volatility: Part 4 – Q & A

In this episode, Tammy and Micah continue with the insights into TSP series and answer some great questions from active TSP participants. Whether you are deciding at what age to take Social Security, wanting to calculate a FERS pension, or trying to find the best savings and growth plans in retirement, this episode is for […]

Ep #40: TSP & Market Volatility: Part 3 – Silver Linings

In this mini-series, Micah and Tammy have been talking about your TSP during a time of volatility and the strategies you can implement to encourage growth and stability at all times. (If you haven’t yet, check out the previous two episodes where they answer questions about TSP in retirement and outline the bucket strategy.) This […]

Ep #39: TSP & Market Volatility: Part 2 – Buckets

Today, Tammy and Micah continue to address questions they’ve been receiving regarding your TSP and market volatility. In this second part of the series, they will focus on giving insight into the strategies they use when planning. (If you haven’t tuned in to the first part, head back to check out episode 38 before jumping […]

Ep #38: TSP and Market Volatility: Part 1 – Markets Go Down…Now What?

How are things going to unfold when it comes to your Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) account? Tammy and Micah have been getting a flood of questions related to this lately, so today—and for the next few episodes—they’ll be giving you access to a webinar they did on this topic. Over this 4-part series, you’ll learn […]

Ep #37: Non Voluntary vs Voluntary Separation

Right now, the entire world revolves around COVID—even more so with executive orders and rules that are requiring employees to get the vaccine by the end of November. Micah and Tammy have gotten quite a few questions about how this situation might play out in terms of federal benefits, so today they’ll be discussing the […]

Ep #36: Medicare Advantage Within and Outside of FEHB

At 65, something happens to all of us where we have this forced decision that we have to deal with when it comes to Medicare—and it opens up a few more options. There are a lot of rumors about Medicare that go around (some true, some not true), so facing plan changes and all the […]

Ep #35: Social Security, COLA, TSP

Today, Micah and Tammy are picking up where they left off in the last episode and discussing Social Security COLA and your TSP COLA. They’ll be sharing how those two things work together, as well as how you can plan for them to serve you best. Listen in to learn how COLA works with Social […]

Ep #34: COLA vs. Pay Increase

Many people are under the wrong impression when it comes to retirement, COLA, and pay increases. Once the numbers are run, things are rarely as rosy as they may have seemed during planning. So today, Micah and Tammy will be addressing this and a few other additional misconceptions people have when planning their retirement. Listen […]

Can you deduct your FEHB premiums in retirement?

FEHB premiums in retirement

I am aware that after I put in ten years’ federal civilian creditable service and then retire, my FERS annuity will be reduced monthly by 10% for the surviving spouse 50% annuity and that FEHB premiums will be deducted as well. My questions: Are the FEHB premiums in retirement deductible? Is the 10% deduction taxable? […]

Ep #33: Risks in Retirement

When preparing for retirement, it’s important to plan for flexibility. There are a number of post-retirement risks that can upend the most precisely laid-out retirement plans, and the longer the retirement period grows, the harder it is to be certain you have planned accordingly with your assets. So, in this episode, Micah and Tammy will […]

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