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  1. Spring Break

    by , 04-02-2012 at 10:43 PM (TSP Talk Blog)


    Stocks started the 2nd quarter the way it ended the first - with a rally. The Dow gained 52-points on the day and unlike Friday's action, the gains were spread through all of the major indices.

    For the TSP, the C-fund was up 0.76% yesterday, the S-fund gained 0.90%, the I-fund made 1.09%, and the F-fund (bonds) added 0.10%. ...
  2. Start the 2nd quarter

    by , 04-01-2012 at 09:52 PM (TSP Talk Blog)

    Stocks rallied on Friday as the bounce off of Thursday's reversal day low, followed through. The Dow did gain 66-points, but not all of the major indices closed in positive territory.

    For the TSP, the C-fund was up 0.37% on Friday, the S-fund was flat, the I-fund gained 0.70%, and the F-fund (bonds) lost 0.57%.

    For the weekly and monthly TSP ...
  3. Buy Apple

    by , 04-01-2012 at 09:46 PM
    Not now. Since the first trading day of the first quarter of 2012, Apple, Inc. advanced a whopping 48.04%! Compared to the best TSP S fund buy and hold performance of 14.45%; this is a 33.59% improvement as shown in the chart below.
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    While working out at the gym years ago (2004), my wife purchased an Apple mini ipod gizmo. It did not take long for me to realize that they were on to something. After trying it, I had to have one, and soon I noticed so did everyone
  4. Volatility Ahead?

    by , 04-01-2012 at 10:47 AM (Coolhand's Market Analysis)
    March is now behind us and this market has been resilient to say the least, but how much longer can it levitate without a more serious pullback?

    Here's this week's tracker charts:

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    The Top 50 dropped their stock exposure by 8.14% to a total stock allocation of 78.06%. Longer term I think that's bullish given the high overall allocation, but caution is rising in the shorter term (days). ...
  5. Front-Loading Your Thrift Savings Plan

    by , 03-31-2012 at 10:35 PM (TSP Corner by FedSmith)
    Retiring during 2012? You may want to consider “front-loading” your TSP. In 2012 you can contribute $17,000 to the TSP, plus another $5,500 if you are 50 or over. When you work an entire year, it is likely that you will spread your TSP contributions out over the entire year. This is especially important if you are a FERS employee, as it ensures you receive the full government matching contributions.

    If you are retiring in the middle of the year, you can accelerate your ...
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