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Why Federal Employees Retire At Age 57

3 Reasons Why Federal Employees Retire At 57

An important part of establishing your retirement plan is choosing the best age to retire. While the average retirement age for federal employees is 62 (61.8 according to OPM), there is no magic age that works for everyone. Hence, it could make sense for some to retire earlier or later, and the right age will…

Should You Elect The FERS Survivor Annuity Benefit?

Should Federal Employees Elect A Survivor Benefit?

When you retire, you’ll have the option of providing a survivor annuity for your beneficiaries (aka the Survivor Benefit). This benefit allows your spouse or someone with an insurable interest (depends on you financially) to receive a portion of your pension every month after you die. This is such an important decision for federal employees…

Transferring The TSP To An IRA

What To Consider Before Transferring Your TSP To An IRA

When you separate from federal service, you will have an important decision: should you leave your money in the Thrift Savings Plan or transfer it out (presumably to an IRA)? The bad news is there is no right answer for everyone, and it depends on your preferences and situation. But the good news is that…

Why Federal Employees Retire At Age 62

4 Reasons Why Federal Employees Retire At 62

When federal employees are trying to choose a time to retire, they often hear that age 62 is the “magic” age for FERS employees. But why that? Well, although there is no magic retirement age that works for everyone, there are four significant incentives for FERS employees to wait until 62 to retire. So, let’s…

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What Happens To Your Federal Employee Health Benefits In Retirement?

As a federal employee, you know that you have a robust employee benefits package, and your likely aware that your Federal Employees Health Benefit (FEHB) coverage is a critical part of that package. But what happens to your FEHB coverage when you retire? Can you keep your coverage? Do your premiums increase? There is a…

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Withdrawing From Your TSP Early

Although many federal employees believe that they must wait until age 59 ½ before taking penalty-free withdrawals from their TSP, that isn’t the case. In fact, there are a few different ways that federal employees can take withdrawals before 59 ½ and avoid the 10 percent penalty usually applied to early distributions. In this article,…

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Understanding Your TSP’s Investment Options

Among the many benefits of working in the Federal government is the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). The TSP boasts fifteen broad-based investment options, including five individual funds (C, S, I, F, and G) and ten lifecycle funds. Although there is plenty of information available on the TSP’s funds, many Federal employees don’t understand the fund…

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8 Ways Veterans Can Cut Their Child’s College Costs

As college costs continue to rise, funding what could be a substantial education expense remains a common concern for many parents. And although there are several great ways to save for your child’s education, from 529 plans to Coverdell accounts, the best way to reduce the overall financial burden of higher education is to cut…

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4 Ways Your Federal LEO Retirement Benefits Are Different

For the most part, all Federal employees enjoy the same robust benefits, such as the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), various insurance programs, and of course, the FERS pension. However, special category employees, namely law enforcement officers (LEOs), are eligible for enhanced retirement benefits and are governed by different retirement rules. Because these enhanced benefits and…

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