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How to prepare for a meeting with your financial advisor

Host Bob Leins welcomes Joe Sullender, CFP®, Managing Director/Investments for the Financial Strategies Group of Wells Fargo Advisors to talk about making the most out of meeting with your financial advisor.

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  • Kickoff Financial Literacy Month

    Host Bob Leins welcomes Ray Kirk, Ph.D., Federal Benefits Specialist. During Financial Literacy Month we will look at the basics of “Financial Literacy (FL)” – what it is, why it is so important, and how being financially aware will enhance your daily, monthly and annual financial decisions.

  • A look back and a look ahead to federal benefits

    Host Bob Leins and co-host Tammy Flanagan, Senior Benefits Director at NITP, welcome Mike Causey to take a look back at Federal Benefits over the past year and a look to what’s ahead.

  • Be proactive in keeping your retirement plans on track

    Host Bob Leins welcomes Bob Braunstein, Federal Benefits Specialist, to talk about what you can do to be ready for retirement.

  • Survivor benefits

    Join hosts, Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan, Senior Benefits Director at NITP, as they discuss an important subject: Survivor Benefits. August 21, 2017

  • Early retirement, buyout – Be careful what you wish for!

    Host Bob Leins welcomes Maureen Wilkin, Federal Benefits Specialist to talk about early retirement. Remember all that glitters is not gold! Do you understand the possible effects of an early retirement on your benefits or retirement? August 7, 2017

  • An educational discussion on long term care

    Host Bob Leins welcomes Dave Love, CLU, CLTC with The Love Financial Group to the studio for an educational discussion about long term care. Morningstar investment analysts’ research shows that approximately 70% of Americans over age 65 will become cognitively impaired or unable to complete the activities of daily living. Baron’s says the average need for LTC is almost four years for women and just under two and a half years for men. July 10, 2017

  • Social security FAQs

    Host Bob Leins and co-host John Elliott welcome Lester Austin, Retired Senior Public Affairs Specialist with the Social Security Administration, to talk about Social Security and answer commonly asked questions.

  • Understanding the Medicare program

    Host Bob Leins and co-host Ray Kirk, Federal Benefits Specialist, welcome David Santana from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to the studio. September 4, 2017

  • Social security benefits and how they fit into an overall retirement income plan

    Join hosts, Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan, Senior Benefits Director at NITP, as they welcome Mary Beth Franklin, Certified Financial Planner and expert on Social Security Claiming Strategies.

    May 8, 2017

  • Understanding the Medicare program

    Host Bob Leins and co-host Ray Kirk, Federal Benefits Specialist, welcome David Santana from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to the studio.

    April 24, 2017

  • Medicare and the FEHB

    Our Hosts, Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan, welcome Paula S. Jakub, RHU, CEO of The American Foreign Service Protective Association to the studio to talk about Medicare and the FEHB.

    March 6, 2017

  • Social security questions answered

    On ForYourBenefit, join our hosts, Bob Leins and John Elliott, as they welcome Lester Austin, Retired Senior Public Affairs Specialist with the Social Security Administration, to address Social Security benefit planning pre and post retirement.

    February 20, 2017

  • How to prepare for a meeting with your financial advisor

    Host Bob Leins welcomes Joe Sullender, CFP®, Managing Director/Investments for the Financial Strategies Group of Wells Fargo Advisors to talk about making the most out of meeting with your financial advisor.

  • Divorce and tax planning for federal employees

    Hosts, Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan, Senior Benefits Director at NITP, welcome Dan Jamison, CPA to talk about divorce and tax planning for Federal employees.

  • Financial literacy: Small changes that make a big difference

    Subscribe to For Your Benefit’s daily audio interviews on Apple Podcasts or PodcastOne. Insight by NITP, Inc April 9, 2018 – Host Bob Leins welcomes Karen Schaeffer, Certified Financial Planner®.  In honor of Financial Literacy Month, Karen will…

  • Kickoff Financial Literacy Month

    Host Bob Leins welcomes Ray Kirk, Ph.D., Federal Benefits Specialist. During Financial Literacy Month we will look at the basics of “Financial Literacy (FL)” – what it is, why it is so important, and how being financially aware will enhance your daily, monthly and annual financial decisions.

  • Financial resolutions for the New Year

    Host Bob Leins welcomes John Jilek, Certified Financial Planner to talk about how to approach financial planning in the new year.

  • Early outs, buyouts: A financial perspective

    Join our host, Bob Leins, as he welcomes Karen Schaeffer, Certified Financial Planner®, who specializes in financial planning for Federal government employees, to talk about evaluating early outs and buyouts from a financial perspective. September 25, 2017

  • Plan for retirement just like you plan for vacation

    Host Bob Leins welcomes Mike Townshend, transition and aging authority and seminar presenter. It’s officially spring and maybe you are already thinking ahead to summer vacation planning. Just like planning for your vacation, Mike will talk about ideas that will help you plan for future retirement life.

  • It’s time to follow your passion more fully

    Former FBI violent crime analyst and senior manager, now author of Quit Bleeping Around: 77 Secrets to Superachieving, speaker, and podcast host, Christina Eanes, shares how we create stories about what we are “supposed” to do and provides strategies for changing those stories so that we can follow our passion more fully right now and after retirement.

  • Private sector job hunting: It’s much different than the Federal job hunt!

    Our host, Bob Leins welcomes Kathy Lavinder, founder of Security & Investigative Placement Consultants, a niche executive search firm, to speak about how the private sector job hunt is much different than the Federal job hunt.

  • Estate tax law changes

    Host Bob Leins welcomes Marc Levine, Esquire, to give an overview of estate tax law changes on the Federal level, as well as more detailed updates for DC and MD, and general updates for the rest of the country.

  • Work after retirement: The perennial workforce

    Host Bob Leins and co-host Tammy Flanagan, Senior Benefits Director at NITP, welcome Marva Goldsmith, author, career coach, consultant, trainer, and entrepreneur.

  • The New Year is coming – What do I need to do to prepare?

    Host Bob Leins welcomes Mike Townshend, retirement and aging authority. With the New Year coming, now is a good time for a self-assessment. What might this include?

  • Leadership Development Theory

    Host Bob Leins and co-host Tammy Flanagan, Senior Benefits Director at NITP, welcome Dr. Bill Brantley, Adjunct Faculty at the University of Maryland’s Project Management Center for Excellence. Dr. Brantley also works in the Enterprise Training Division at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (opinions expressed today are his own and do not represent those of USPTO).

  • Serving those who have served

    Join our host, Bob Leins, as he welcomes Sabrina Clark, Director of Voluntary Service for the Department of Veterans Affairs and Laura Balun, volunteer, VA retiree, and former Director of Voluntary Service. As we quickly approach Veterans Day, we would like to highlight the opportunities to honor the sacrifice and service of Veterans through philanthropic activities in collaboration with VA’s Voluntary Service Program. October 23, 2017

  • The simply irresistible government agency for a multigenerational workforce

    Host Bob Leins and co-host Bob Braunstein welcome Dr. Bill Brantley, Adjunct Faculty at the University of Maryland’s Project Management Center for Excellence. Dr. Brantley also works in the Enterprise Training Division at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (opinions expressed today are his own and do not represent those of USPTO). June 19, 2017

  • The importance of leadership development

    Host Bob Leins and co-host John Elliott welcome Tom Fox, Vice President of Leadership and Innovation for Partnership for Public Service, a non-profit, nonpartisan organization that strives for a more effective government for the American people. June 12, 2017

  • The 115th Congress

    Host Bob Leins welcomes Josh Huder, Ph.D., to the studio to discuss the 115th Congress. Josh is a Senior Fellow at The Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown University, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating Federal employees about Congress and its operation.

  • Healthy for the Holidays

    Host Bob Leins welcomes Kari Utz-Wolsky, Nutrition Counselor and Personal Trainer. Tired of gaining weight over the holidays every year – and the time and effort to lose it? Wondering if you should avoid sweets, fatty foods and spirits?

  • The 5 pillars of healthy living

    Join our host, Bob Leins, as he welcomes Kari Utz-Wolsky, Nutrition Counselor and Personal Trainer. Kari will focus on identifying five pillars of healthy living and why so many of us are still struggling. What are you missing? September 18, 2017