Your Turn with Mike Causey

Your Thrift Savings Plan account has had a rough start this year. The TSP is not performing at its hot 2017 levels, so what's happening and what's going to happen the rest of the year? Washington area financial planner Arthur Stein will answer those questions when he joins host Mike Causey on this week's Your Turn radio show. Listen if you can at 10 a.m EDT on 1500 am in the Washington DC area or online at It will also be archived on our home page so you can listen anytime. If you have questions for him email them to Mike Causey before air time:

00:43:25 4/17/2018

Past Episodes

The Trump administration wants to cut costs in the giant Federal Employees Retirement System by totally eliminating future COLAs for FERS retirees. If it becomes law the 2019 COLA ? assuming there is one ? would be the last. Workers under the FERS plan would be required to increase their contributions to the FERS program by one percentage point a year for six years. That would mean a 6 percent cut in take-home pay, if it happens. The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association or NARFE is part of a coalition of federal-postal unions and management groups dedicated to protecting benefits, including the retirement plan, from cuts. So what are the odds they can do it again this year? And what about the odds of a 1.9 percent January federal pay raise? Jessica Klement and John Hatton with NARFE's legislative advocacy department, answer those questions on this week's  Your Turn radio show. Your Turn airs at 10 AM ET in the Washington D.C. area.
00:41:14 9/18/2018
Stein is today's guest on this episode of the Your Turn radio show. He talks about bull and bear markets, and what people should and should not be doing when investing for the long haul. He discusses when playing it "safe" can actually be dangerous to your long-term financial health. Your Turn airs at 10 a.m. EDT on 1500 AM in the Washington D.C. area.
00:40:48 9/11/2018
Thanks to steady investing, a growing number of feds and federal couples now have 401(k) balances exceeding $1 million. The vast majority did it the hard way. They started investing from day one, maxed out their contributions and rode out the market in good and bad times. So do you have an estate plan? Tom O'Rourke, a Washington area estate and tax attorney and principal at Miles & Stockbridge, answered questions on this week's Your Turn with Mike Causey.
00:43:24 9/4/2018
Federal News Radio reporters Nicole Ogrysko and Jory Heckman join host Mike Causey on this week's Your Turn to discuss the recent court ruling against the Trump administration's crackdown against federal unions, and why there is a mini-exodus of scientists from the federal government. August 29, 2018
00:43:18 8/28/2018
This week on Your Turn, Federal News Radio reporter Nicole Ogrysko discusses the past, present and future of the federal civil service, and Federal News Radio Senior Digital Editor Michael O'Connell explains how podcasts could help you get ahead in your federal career. August 22, 2018
00:43:18 8/21/2018
 Financial planner Arthur Stein, who has  many clients who are Thrift Savings Plan investors, even several TSP millionaires. He offers his insight on how to get the most out of your TSP.
00:43:11 8/14/2018
Federal News Radio reporters Nicole Ogrysko and Jory Heckman join host Mike Causey on this week's Your Turn to discuss what's happening and not happening with pay, shutdowns and appropriations on Capitol Hill.
00:46:28 8/7/2018
Thanks to the Federal Employees Retirement System, the Civil Service Retirement System and Social Security retirement programs many people will have guaranteed lifetime payments worth $1 million to $2 million. And that is in addition to their investments in the Thrift Savings Plan. Tom O'Rourke, a Washington area attorney whose practice is limited to estates, trusts, tax and federal pension matters, said most active and retired feds are worth more than they think, "especially if you are entitled to receive a lifetime annuity at retirement." On this episode, O'Rourke talks about what feds and their survivors should be doing to maximize their cash benefits. These include things such as wills, powers-of-attorney (two kinds), trusts and the like to protect you and yours. He also discusses the steps you need to take to minimize tax liabilities, and what you need to include as part of your estate plan. You can listen to the show streaming on or on 1500 AM in the D.C. area. Your Turn airs live at 10 a.m. EDT Wednesdays on 1500 AM in the Washinton D.C. metro area and streaming nationwide at Remember all our Your Turn shows are archived on our homepage so you can listen later, listen again or recommend them to a  friend or coworker. See, you really are worth more than you thought.
00:43:21 7/31/2018
Earlier this year President Donald Trump proposed a zero pay raise for January 2019. In its place would be a yet-to-come system that would give agencies more flexibility and cash to reward outstanding workers with outstanding raise.
00:46:26 7/24/2018
The two largest white-collar federal unions, the American Federation of Government Employees and the National Treasury Employees Union, are challenging provisions in two of the three executive orders President Donald Trump issued in late May.
00:43:15 7/17/2018

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