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Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey discusses everything of interest to federal employees, from pay, benefits and retirement, to buyouts, COLAs and pay freezes.

Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey discusses everything of interest to federal employees, from pay, benefits and retirement, to buyouts, COLAs and pay freezes.
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Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey discusses everything of interest to federal employees, from pay, benefits and retirement, to buyouts, COLAs and pay freezes.

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Episodes

What happens to your TSP when the bull becomes a bear?

10/16/2019
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Most people know the rule is to buy low, sell high. If you buy that, the problem is knowing when the market has peaked or bottomed out. A growing number of Thrift Savings Plan investors are nervously wondering how much longer the current bull market — 10-plus years without a correction of 20% or more — will last, and can last. So many things could go wrong: Turkey and Syria, Chinese trade and the Hong Kong problem, post-Brexit Europe, or impeachment — a major disaster. Arthur Stein, a...

Duration:00:43:35

Design your own buyout for December and January

10/9/2019
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December and January are often the best months to retire if you want to maximize your lump sum payment of annual leave that can amount to a “design-your-own buyout.” That’s why the period between Dec. 31 and Jan. 3 sees the largest surge in retirements year-after-year. Benefits expert Tammy Flanagan answers your questions on this episode of Your Turn with Mike Causey.

Duration:00:44:17

Pay, Premiums, Retiree COLA: Fall Forecast

9/25/2019
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For most white-collar civil servants, regardless of their duties, the September-October time period can be education/rewarding/challenging at the same time. Especially if you are preparing your personal budget for the upcoming year. FNN reporter Nicole Ogrysko bring us up to speed on how the immediate future looks for workers and retirees on this episode of Your Turn with Mike Causey.

Duration:00:42:48

2020 taxes, your TSP, mortgage and health premiums

9/18/2019
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While some people are already working on their 2020 taxes there are probably many more still trying to figure out what they did right, or wrong, because of the 2017 tax law. Many were surprised to learn that it no longer paid to itemize deductions that had been important in the past. Tom O’Rourke answers your questions on this episode of Your Turn with Mike Causey.

Duration:00:44:02

TSP: Love it or leave it, big changes coming next week

9/11/2019
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Effective Sept. 15, major changes will take effect in the TSP, changes that will make it more attractive for life-time investors and more convenient for people who need to withdraw different amounts over their retirement. Jessica Klement, NARFE vice president for advocacy and Mark Keen, certified financial planner and adviser gives us the details on this episode of Your Turn with Mike Causey.

Duration:00:44:11

Can you afford to retire, ever? How will you know?

9/4/2019
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Too many people begin their retirement planning too late. If not necessarily catastrophic, it isn’t good. But regardless of your age now, sooner is better than later. Benefits expert Tammy Flanagan is the guest this week. The Your Turn radio show airs at 10 a.m. EDT on 1500 AM in the Washington, D.C. area and www.federalnewsnetwork.com.

Duration:00:44:14

What’s the state of your estate?

8/21/2019
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What do you need to do to identify, protect and make sure your estate —you’ve got more than you probably think— is handled in the way that’s best for everyone? Estate attorney Tom O’Rourke to the rescue. Tom is a Vietnam vet, a former IRS attorney and now counsels feds and retirees on estate planning. Your Turn airs at 10 a.m. EDT on www.federalnewsnetwork.com and on 1500 AM in the Washington, D.C. area.

Duration:00:44:34

Will retirement mean lifetime diet?

8/14/2019
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Most current federal retirees, and a small percentage of folks still on the payroll, are under the old Civil Service Retirement System. It offers a generous lifetime annuity that is based on salary and length of service, and it is fully indexed to inflation.

Duration:00:43:44

Summer Special: Perform Your Own (financial) Autopsy

8/5/2019
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Have you had your professional mid-life crises yet? If not this might be a good time to get it over with. To take stock of where you’ve been, where you are going and what happens when its all finished.

Duration:00:44:37

Retirement prep tips: Boost your Social Security benefit 76%

7/24/2019
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On this episode, Tammy Flanagan covers the basics and then some, to help put more money in your monthly retirement income and reduce costs to you. Your Turn with Mike Causey airs at 10 a.m. EDT on 1500 AM in the Washington, D.C. area and www.federalnewsnetwork.com.

Duration:00:41:59

The TSP stock funds and the coming bear market

7/17/2019
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The current bull market is more than a decade old and is long overdue for a major correction. Financial planner Arthur Stein has plenty of federal clients and offers his thoughts on this episode of Your Turn with Mike Causey.

Duration:00:44:18

Are you worth more dead or alive?

6/19/2019
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Many people accumulate wealth in a variety of forms: Maybe a house or other property, a car or several, insurance, a 401(k) or Thrift Savings Plan? Maybe they have a survivor annuity that will give their significant other a lifetime stream of income that is designed to keep up with inflation no matter how long he or she lives? On this episode of the Your Turn radio show, Tom O’Rourke talks about what everybody, but especially members of the federal family, needs to know about estate planning.

Duration:00:44:37

Is it time to time your TSP moves?

6/12/2019
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On this episode of Your Turn, Arthur Stein, a Washington, D.C.-area financial planner with a lot of active and retired federal clients, discusses what people should not be doing with their TSP accounts. Your Turn with Mike Causey airs at 10 a.m. EDT on 1500 AM in the Washington, D.C. area and www.federalnewsnetwork.com.

Duration:00:44:39

The 3 Ps: Pay, pensions and premiums going up?

6/6/2019
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On this episode, we hear from Federal News Network reporter Nicole Ogrysko, who’s been following the pay raise in Congress. We’ll also be looking at upcoming changes in the Thrift Savings Plan designed to make it easier for participants to withdraw money. Military families and veterans get some advice on financial planning from Mike Meese, executive vice president and secretary of the American Armed Forces Mutual Aid Association. AAFMAA celebrates 140 years providing survivor benefits.

Duration:00:42:13

The secret lives of military/federal spouses

5/22/2019
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For decades, job-hunting spouses of mobile military and federal people have hidden, or tried to hide, the fact that they are not “career” material because of the person they married. Many employers are reluctant to hire, train and promote someone who will be relocating in the coming years. But things may be changing thanks to new military spouse preference rules. On this episode of Your Turn, job-expert Kathryn Troutman, president of The Resume Place, answers your questions and offers tips...

Duration:00:42:58

Are you over-investing in the TSP?

5/15/2019
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When it comes to employer-backed 401k plans, most experts say that the federal Thrift Savings Plan, with its 5% match and super-low administrative fees, is the best deal around. At the end of March, the TSP had 5.6 million participants and was worth $561 billion. Arthur Stein, a Washington area financial planner, spent a day on Capitol Hill last month talking to Senate staffers about their investment options. Most of them were in the TSP, but in some cases, he said they should be investing...

Duration:00:43:22

How’s your endgame going?

5/8/2019
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If you’re like most people, you probably have, or will, spend more time deciding how, when and where you’ll retire than you did deciding how, when and where you would spend the majority of your career. Knowing what to ask is very important. Knowing the answers is critical. Where to start? Relax, we’ll come to you. Benefits expert Tammy Flanagan is the guest this week. The Your Turn radio show airs at 10 a.m. EDT on 1500 AM in the Washington, D.C. area and www.federalnewsnetwork.com.

Duration:00:43:30

Managing your inner millionaire

5/1/2019
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So you’ve done well, now what? One of the first things you need to do is recognize your true financial value, living and dead, then have a plan. Having a will alone no longer works for many people. Some need a trust and medical directives. But what kind, and how do you know? Tom O’ Rourke, an estate and tax attorney and former IRS lawyer, answers these questions on this episode of Your Turn with Mike Causey. The Your Turn radio show airs at 10 a.m. EDT on 1500 AM in the Washington, D.C. area...

Duration:00:44:11

Retirement plan tops congressional hit parade — again

4/18/2019
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On this episode, Nicole Ogrysko, who covers workforce issues on the Hill, outlines the changes feds and retirees may be facing and talks about what the Democratic take-over of the House might mean for plans to curtail your retirement benefits. The Your Turn radio show airs at 10 a.m. EDT at www.federalnewsnetwork.com and on 1500 AM in the Washington, D.C., area.

Duration:00:44:24

Retirement plan tops congressional hit parade — again

4/17/2019
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On this episode, Nicole Ogrysko, who covers workforce issues on the Hill, outlines the changes feds and retirees may be facing and talks about what the Democratic take-over of the House might mean for plans to curtail your retirement benefits. The Your Turn radio show airs at 10 a.m. EDT at www.federalnewsnetwork.com and on 1500 AM in the Washington, D.C., area.

Duration:00:44:18