Your Turn with Mike Causey

This week the White House revived old proposals to make feds pay more for, and get less from, their retirement package. The Trump administration submitted a proposal to Congress that, if approved, would: eliminate the gap payment, require current FERS employees to contribute an additional one percent a year and eliminate the cost of living adjustments (COLAs) for current and future FERS retirees. National Active and Retired Federal Employees President Richard Thissen and Federal News Radio reporter Nicole Ogrysko discuss on Your Turn with Mike Causey. They'll explain the proposed changes, their cost to you and the odds of any, or all of them, becoming law this year ? and what, if anything, you can do about it. The show airs at 10 a.m. EDT at or 1500 AM in the metro Washington area.

Your Turn with Mike Causey
00:50:49 5/8/2018

Past Episodes

When they retire after a long career with Uncle Sam many FERS retirees hope for good health, long life and low-inflation. Not necessarily in that order. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D) has introduced a bill that would take FERS retirees off their diet-COLA plan. On this episode of the Your Turn radio show, we hear from NARFE's Staff Vice President for Advocacy Jessica Klement and Director of Legislative and Political Affairs John Hatton about the impact of the diet-COLA.
00:42:21 2/19/2019
Even if Congress and the White House find a way to avoid another partial government shutdown there is another one coming that has your name on it ? no escape. Do you have financial and medical powers of attorney in place? If so, are the persons you have selected to act as your agent still proper? And finally, have there been any events in your life ? i.e. births, deaths, dementia, marriages, divorces and moves ? that could have an impact on your estate plan or that you should at least discuss with your lawyer? On this episode, Tom O'Rourke, a former IRS attorney who now works exclusively on estate planning, tackles these questions. The Your Turn radio show airs at 10 a.m. EST on 1500 AM in the Washington, D.C. area and
00:42:53 2/12/2019
For the vast majority of federal workers investing in the Thrift Savings Plan is a must, period. Chances are it will provide anywhere from 30 to 50 percent of the income they have in retirement, which is a very big deal. It may be the difference between steak and hamburger or, worst case scenario, cat food. And you don't have a cat! So if you have a TSP account what did you do in December when the high-flying stock market, after wobbling a couple months, dropped big time? On this episode, financial planner Arthur Stein talks us through the highs and lows of investing in the TSP. He has a number of federal clients including several who are TSP millionaires. The Your Turn radio show airs at 10 a.m. EST on1500 AM in the Washington, D.C. area and
00:43:19 2/5/2019
Federal news Network reporters Nicole Ogrysko and Jory Heckman covered the shutdown from a variety of angles. On this episode of the Your Turn radio show they give their takes on why it happened, exactly what happened and what maybe happens next. Also, they share information on what your long-overdue paycheck will look like and when it will show up in your direct deposit. Your Turn airs live at 10 a.m. ET on 1500 AM in the Washington, D.C. area.
00:43:23 1/29/2019
On this episode of the Your Turn radio show, we'll be talking with Ken Thomas, president of the National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees, about what the shutdown has already done to government services and how people can get help. NARFE has been working with the federal coalition fighting the shutdown. It has also partnered with FEEA, the feds-helping-feds charity that is helping unpaid feds get by. Your Turn airs live at 10 a.m. ET on 1500 AM in the Washington, D.C. area.
00:44:26 1/22/2019
Everybody knows the expression what goes up also goes down. Repeat as necessary. We know the stock market retreats and advances. But after the longest running with the bull market for almost a decade, 2018, or at least the last half of it, was a bummer. Many feds, young, old or retired, invested heavily in the stock-indexed C, S and I funds are nervous in the service. On this episode of the Your Turn radio show, we asked financial planner Arthur Stein what's going on. A majority of his customers are active or retired feds, and several of them are Thrift Savings Plan millionaires. Your Turn airs at 10 a.m. EST on 1500 AM.
00:42:26 1/15/2019
On this episode of the Your Turn radio show, we speak with Greg Klingler of the Government Employee Benefits Association. He's director of products and member services for GEBA. He talks about life and long term care insurance for members, 529 college savings plans and options feds have during the shutdown to make changes ? or additionals ? to their TSP accounts, the pros and cons of self-adjusting Lifecycle funds and ways to possibly get your financial house in better order during and because of the shutdown.
00:43:18 1/8/2019
According to the experts December is on target to have its worst month since 1931. The erratic, some would say more normal performance of the market this year has made lots of investors nervous ? particularly those trying to build nest eggs that will last them through a retirement, potentially 20 or 30 years. Financial planner Arthur Stein shares his review of TSP funds this year, and what participants should look for in 2019.
00:43:18 12/18/2018
Federal News Network reporter Nicole Ogrysko about the potential for a shutdown. Also on today's the show is Executive Vice President of the American Armed Forces Mutual Aid Association Retired Brig. General Mike Meese to discuss the new blended retirement system for military personnel. He'll give an update on what military members are and should be doing with their Thrift Savings Plan accounts. The Your Turn radio show airs at 10 a.m. EST here on or 1500 AM in the Washington, D.C. area.
00:43:17 12/11/2018
Premiums are important if you are on a limited budget. But so is the plans' catastrophic coverage (the limit on the amount you will have to pay out of pocket if you have a serious accident or major illness in 2019). Equally important, be sure your doctor(s) will be in the network of the plan(s) you are considering. Fortunately for people looking for good coverage at a low premium there are a lot of choices among the local HMOs and national fee-for-service plans. Walton Francis, editor of Consumers Checkbook Guide to Federal Health Plans, answers questions from listeners on this episode of Your Turn radio show.
00:43:22 12/4/2018

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