Cashing in Old Life Insurance

Many people have asked us about old financial papers and their current worth. The questions have included what to do with old bank certificates of deposit, old stock certificates, and ancient papers from life insurance companies. Typically, they are most interested in knowing whether these papers mean found money. Free Money Hiding in the Attic? Dear FedNav, I found […]

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Financial Planning Disaster: Don’t End Up Like Tim Duncan

There was a recent story about NBA and San Antonio Spurs legend Tim Duncan losing over $20 million in investments. He got advice from a financial planning advisor with a conflict of interest, and now that money is gone after the investments tanked. This has the potential to have many people scared and worried about […]

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Inflation and Jurassic World

“Jurassic World,” just one of the summer’s major blockbusters, has been raking in the ticket sales. The fourth movie in the Jurassic franchise took just 13 days to reach $1 billion at the international box office, the quickest ever to do so (“The Avengers” took 14 days to reach that amount). The first weekend alone saw a […]

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A Reese Witherspoon Independence Day

Did you know that the Declaration of Independence doesn’t actually contain the words “declaration of independence?” Of course, if you read the document from start to finish you do get the idea pretty quickly. While it’s probably easiest to remember the flourishes of poetic inspiration like, “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” we often […]

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Chrysler and American Pride

“Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better” -Albert Camus Have you seen the new Chrysler 300 commercial? I saw it for the first time last night while watching The History Channel’s Texas Rising with Ryan. When the commercial was over we both paused, and then simultaneously said, “Wow, that’s a great message.” The commercial shows […]

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Buried Under: Managing Your Financial Papers

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans dispose of more than 250 million tons of trash each year, and recycle 82 million or so more. But no matter how much we throw away, we always seem to end up with a stack of paperwork somewhere in the house that just keeps growing. Am I Keeping […]

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OPM Breach: Update

OPM Hacked You probably remember that in early June, the Obama administration and OPM announced that the OPM systems were breached in April, and that the information of around 4 million Federal Employees was compromised. A Second Breach Unfortunately, we now know about a second, more severe breach of the same systems that exposed the information of […]

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Kathleen Casey-Kirschling: The First Baby Boomer

The Baby Boomer Generation Begins Although January 1, 1946 may seem to be an arbitrary starting point for the baby boomer generation, it is considered the beginning of this distinctive period in American history. It is the birthdate of Kathleen Casey-Kirschling, who has achieved significant notoriety as the first person born into this era. The baby boomer generation is […]

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*Service Computation Date: The Key to Your Federal Benefits

The Service Computation Date:  Comes in Five Flavors There are potentially five different Service Computation Dates that you should be familiar with. They are used to determine your leave accrual rate, career tenure, in grade pay increases, retirement eligibility, retirement annuity, retention position during a reduction in force, and TSP vesting. For many Federal Employees, their service computation date for […]

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