Retirement Planning

Doublecheck your TSP beneficiary designations

The federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement plan changed some rules around contingent beneficiaries in 2022.

What you need to know about the Social Security Earnings Test

When picking a date to start claiming your Social Security benefits, timing is everything.

New year, new benefit changes

Some 2024 changes that may benefit federal employees and retirees.

Planning a career change in 2024?

If a new career outside of the federal workforce is on your list of resolutions, here are a few things you need to know about your benefits.

End of the year retirement: Now what?

As OPM readies for its influx of new retirement applications, here are some insights on the early ins and outs of the retirement process.

MSPB finally rules on OPM apportioning the Retiree Annuity Supplement

Starting in 2016, an OPM rule change allowed the divorced spouses of federal retirees to claim a portion of their annuity supplement. Now, after having a quorum for the first time in five years, the MSPB has stepped in to address the rule.

TSP and the magic of compound interest

A few things to consider when deciding if you should contribute to the Thrift Savings Plan.

Open Season: Medicare Advantage or Disadvantage?

Medicare Advantage options have only been offered through Federal Employees Health Benefits Program carriers since 2021 and may provide benefits that are not covered under traditional Medicare.

Open Season and tax savings

Spending a few hours reviewing your options for 2024, may save you a few hundred or even a few thousand dollars next year.

Answers to some of your common questions about CSRS and FERS

Federal retirement expert Tammy Flanagan says “the devil is in the details.”

Medicare Part D is coming to an FEHB plan near you

The prescription drug benefit is being automatically added to many of the FEHB program options for the 2024 plan year.

Time for the fall deadlines

A checklist to help you prioritize as you sort through your federal retirement and insurance benefits.

Survivor Benefit confusion: part two

What about insurance instead of a survivor benefit election?

Survivor Benefit confusion: part one

Choosing a survivor benefit should be a very simple decision, but often it can be complicated.

World Investor Week: Learn more and protect yourself

The global campaign promoted by the International Organization of Securities Commissions aims to raise awareness about the importance of investor education and protection.

How to Deal with the Latest Long Term Care Rate Hikes

You can keep premiums under control, but it means reducing benefits.

Best Dates to Retire 2024

Looking forward to moving on next year? Here’s a calendar showing optimal dates.