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What is the best day to retire? – Live Webinar

What is the best day to retire? What time of year, month, pay-period, day should you retire in order to get the most out of your pension? I will explain how to pinpoint your retirement date, and how the exact date can save you thousands of dollars. Join me as we explore this topic in

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Should you accelerate payments towards your mortgage (or any other debt)?

Should you accelerate payments towards your mortgage (or any other debt)?

Should you accelerate payments towards your mortgage (or any other debt)? I see people do this all the time, especially in the pre-retirement group. Many people are uncomfortable having any debt, including their mortgage, and they are driven to enter retirement “debt free.” To rid themselves of debt they make additional payments of principle each

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Retire early in the year, and get free money from FSA

Retire early in the year, and get free money from FSA I admit – I get a guilty feeling when I share this one. Health Care FSA has this interesting feature – it reimburses you for your medical expenses even with money that you have not yet funded into your FSA. See here: https://www.fsafeds.com/support/faq/all/1003  “If

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Q&A – Funding & Replenishing the 10-year bucket

Q&A – Funding & Replenishing the 10-year bucket Question Hi Stephen, I set up the 10-year conservative bucket, as you instructed.  It represents 10-years of investment income.  I love the idea!  I just had some questions:  When do I draw income from the conservative bucket, and do I need to replenish the conservative bucket as some point?  If yes,

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Which retirement account should I take money from?

Q&A – Which retirement account should I take money from?

Q&A – Which retirement account should I take money from? Question Dear Stephen, We have identified a house which isn’t on the market yet but will be soon.  The asking price will probably be 1.5 million and I want to put $650,000 down on it. My question is where/how do I take my money out

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Creating a Retirement Distribution Strategy – Live Webinar

Live Webinar – Creating a Retirement Distribution Strategy Which asset do you dip into to create your retirement income stream, and when? What happens when the market goes up? What should you do when the market goes down? We spent a career squirrelling away money for retirement, expecting our portfolios will be able to carry

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How will my social security impact my CSRS offset pension?

How will my Social Security impact my CSRS Offset Pension? CSRS-offset has got to be one of the more obscure, challenging areas of federal retirement. CSRS-offset retirees have a retirement benefit which combines CSRS and Social Security. The CSRS portion, however, will be reduced by the amount of Social Security earned while employed in CSRS-offset.The

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Should I take a TSP loan?

Live Webinar – Should you take a TSP Loan

Should you take a TSP Loan? Borrowing from your retirement account. Hmmm. Is that smart?This is a topic you will find mixed messages about if you search online. There’s a time when it makes sense, and times when it’s a massive mistake. Join me in my upcoming webinar “Should you take a TSP Loan?” where

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