Your Federal Retirement Benefits Are Just One Piece of Your Financial Puzzle

The Federal Retirement system is one of the most complex benefits programs around. There are so many exceptions, special provisions, and exclusions that it can be difficult to keep track of your benefits.

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My name is Micah Shilanski. I specialize in helping Federal Employees get the most out of their Federal benefits.

I teach classes on CSRS and FERS retirement benefits - but more importantly, as a financial planner for federal employees, I've helped individual federal employees through the entire retirement process.

I've seen the mistakes that happen, and I want to help you avoid them. is different: we approach your federal benefits from a financial planning perspective.

You can find lots of information online about CSRS or FERS retirement. But our goal here is to help you understand how your benefits work *and*how they fit into the rest of your financial picture.

Because it's important to know your federal benefits - but your CSRS or FERS retirement benefits are just one piece of your financial puzzle. The rest of the story involves how your benefit choices will impact the rest of your financial picture.

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Understanding Your FERS Retirement Benefits
Learn about your FERS retirement benefits and how to calculate your pension under the Federal Employee Retirement System.
FERS Retirement Eligibility Rules
When can you retire under FERS? Learn about different rules for FERS Retirement Eligibility.
FERS Retirement Pension Calculation
Learn how to calculate your FERS Retirement Pension. We’ll discuss how your High-3 Salary and Years of Creditable service figure into your FERS pension calculation.
7 Common FERS Retirement Problems
Here are 7 FERS Retirement problems federal employees face when planning their retirement. We’ve created a do-it-yourself program to help FERS avoid these problems and plan their retirement.
The SF 50 and Your Federal Retirement
The SF 50 is the official form the government uses to compute your federal retirement. Learn the importance of reviewing your SF50 forms and what to look for.
Financial Planning for Retirement: What Federal Employees Need to Know
Financial planning for retirement is different for Federal Employees. Find out why Federal Employees have unique financial planning needs that most generic planning misses.
Investing for Retirement? Learn the Buckets of Money Concept
Before you make specific choices when investing for retirement - you should understand the Buckets of Money concept and what it means to your federal retirement plans.
Federal Retirement Pension Reductions
Before you plan your Federal Retirement, be sure to keep these 7 pension reductions in mind.
Taxation of Federal Retirement Benefits
Do you know how your FERS or CSRS pension will be taxed? Learn more about the taxation of Federal Retirement Benefits.
COLA Locality Pay & Non-Foreign Area Retirement Equity Assurance Act
COLA Locality Pay rates for Alaska, Hawaii & US Territories. See examples of how this transition affects you and your federal retirement plans.
CSRS Voluntary Contributions - The Best Kept Secret in CSRS
Learn how you can use the CSRS Voluntary Contributions program to put away money for retirement. You can also transfer CSRS VCP to an IRA or Roth IRA, find out how.
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FERS Retirement Seminars - Federal Retirement Planning
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Looking for a financial planner who understands your Federal Retirement benefits? Micah Shilanski, CFP®, is an independent financial planner for Federal Employees.
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Micah Shilanski is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional who specializes in helping federal employees get the most out of their retirement benefits. Micah is a fee-based financial planner and works with a select group of clients. Micah works with each client to tailor a plan that is customized to their dreams, goals, and financial situation. Each client is unique, and so is their plan.

Plan Your Federal Retirement is not employed by the federal government and does not represent the federal government.

Plan Your Federal Retirement is a dba of Shilanski & Associates, Inc. Shilanski & Associates, Inc. is an independent financial planning firm headquartered in Anchorage, Alaska, that has been in business for nearly 30 years.

Shilanski & Associates, Inc., is an Alaska Registered Investment Advisor, with securities offered through Summit Brokerage Services, Inc., Member FINRA/SIPC. Shilanski & Associates, Inc. is not affiliated with Summit Brokerage Services, Inc.

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