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  1. Can I keep my health benefits if I resign from government?

    by , 12-16-2011 at 07:49 PM
    By's Bureaupat

    Dear Bureaupat,

    I enjoy my federal job but my boss has made my government experience a nightmare. I have some money in savings and a solid idea for my own business but want to ensure that I can maintain my family's health care coverage until I get things stable. When I resign can I keep my government health benefits?

    Dear Entrepreneur,
  2. Ratings Downgrades Continue

    by , 12-16-2011 at 05:50 PM (Coolhand's Market Analysis)
    A funny thing happened as Fitch downgraded several major financial banks to include Bank of America and Goldman Sachs. The financial sector rallied. It ended the trading day up about 0.5% overall.

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    After hours, the downgrades continued with Moody's dropping Belgium two notches to Aa3.

    Earlier in the day, the consumer price index in November was released and showed no change. Economists were looking for a 0.1% increase. Excluding ...
  3. Seasonality chart in step

    by , 12-15-2011 at 11:46 PM (TSP Talk Blog)


    For the TSP, the C-fund gained 0.33% yesterday, the S-fund was up 0.84%, the I-fund fell added 0.35%, and the F-fund (bonds) slipped 0.08%.

    Someone pointed out to me yesterday that the market is doing a pretty good job of staying mostly in step with the historical December seasonality chart. Of course it isn't perfect - it never would be. But the lull came right about when we might have expected it, and that is a positive sign for the second half of the
  4. Sentiment Survey Dec 19 - Dec 23

    by , 12-15-2011 at 11:08 PM (TSP Talk Blog)
    TSP Talk Sentiment Survey results for the week of 12/19/11- 12/23/11

    Sell: The TSP Talk Sentiment Survey came in at 52% bulls, 38% bears, for a bulls to bears ratio of 1.37 to 1. That is a sell signal in a bear market which means the system will remain 100% G Fund for the week of 12/19/11 - 12/23/11.

    Bear market rules are in affect 8/22/11:

    See latest survey results

    To discuss or comment on the Sentiment Survey, go to Sentiment Survey Talk
  5. Quick Update

    by , 12-15-2011 at 06:41 PM (Coolhand's Market Analysis)
    I've been traveling all day today and I'm a bit worn out as a result. I'm not going to post my charts tonight, but I did take a quick look at them.

    NAMO, NYMO, NAHL, and NYHL all turned back up a bit are are near their respective 6 day EMAs, but they all remain on sells. Any follow through tomorrow would probably flip them them all back to buys.

    TRIN is on a buy, while TRINQ is just barely on a sell. They are neutral overall.

    BPCOMPQ turned down a bit ...
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