Retirement Planning

Sorry, These Retirement Rumors Just Aren’t True

If it sounds too good to be true—well, you know the rest. 

When It’s Time to Retire, Be Ready for Things to Go Wrong

Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst when you file your retirement papers.

Why Does it Take So Long to Get Your Benefits?

It’s a paper-intensive process, and mistakes can cause delays.

Making Sense of Medicare Advantage

Should you be among the growing number of retirees who are opting for these plans over traditional Medicare?

How Matching Pays Off in the TSP

A guaranteed way to increase your Thrift Savings Plan balance.

Go Ahead, Retire Early. But It'll Cost You

There are no loopholes in the federal early retirement options.

Inflation and the Great COLA Countdown of 2021

For the first time in recent memory, the annual cost-of-living adjustment for federal retirement benefits could increase significantly.

Leaving as Soon as You Can

It’s possible to retire early from government with as little as 10 years of service. But it’ll cost you.

Fighting for the Right to Your Benefits

Federal employees meet virtually with lawmakers to make their voices heard on compensation issues.

Harriet Tubman’s Three-Decade Battle for a Federal Pension

She never did get a benefit based on her own heroic service to the Union Army.

The Trickiest Retirement Decision You’ll Have to Make

Hint: It’s not picking a date or deciding when to take Social Security.

A Mid-Year Chance to Lower Your Taxable Income

For the second year in a row, feds get more flexibility in their flexible spending accounts.

Long Term Care Insurance and the Pandemic Age

The grim news about nursing homes over the past year has caused many people to contemplate their own future needs.

Milestones on the Path to Financial Security in Retirement

If you work in government, there are several moments in your life when you’ll face key decisions about your eventual retirement.