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  1. Sucks to be a Bear

    Especially if one is short.

    This market is certainly acting as though all of our global economic problems are melting away. I've noticed that several junk bonds that I follow have been steadily moving higher in recent weeks and today a high yield REIT that I own (IVR) was up more than 5%. That suggests to me that the intermediate term may continue higher for awhile and that the downside may be very limited.


    But I can't help ...
  2. Hard act to follow


    Stocks were up big on Friday, an unusual performance for an options expiration day in October. The Dow gained 267-points on the day - a surprise move considering what the markets are up against this week in Europe.

    For the TSP, the C-fund was up 1.88% on Friday, the S-fund gained 2.24%, the I-fund made 2.02%, and the F-fund (bonds) slipped 0.04%.
  3. Holding Pattern, Cash Remains King

    No major changes to the allocations from last week, but then cash levels were high then and remain high now.

    Here's the charts:


    The Top 50 reined in their stock exposure for the second week in a row. Last week their stock allocation was sitting at 21.54%, which is pretty conservative.

    Now it's lower.

    For the up coming week, the Top 50 lowered their overall ...
  4. TSP Talk Weekly Wrap Up


    Breakout is a good sign,but short-term question marks

    Stocks rallied strongly on Friday turning what looked like was going to be a negative week into another positive one. The action comes as we head into an important weekend for the Eurozone as they continue to put together a plan to try to tame the debt crisis in Greece.

    For the TSP, the C-fund gained 1.14%, the S-fund added 0.44%, the I-fund slipped 0.44%, while the F-fund (bonds) was up
    TSP Weekly Wrap Ups
  5. What's Trending in Government Customer Service

    News, strategies and trends for the week

    By's Alex Salta

    This series of articles on customer service in government is sponsored by Microsoft. Download a customer service planning guide at Microsoft Government today.

    In the wake of President Obama's April Executive Order directing all federal agencies to make improved customer service a top priority, service ...
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