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  1. Volatility Ahead?

    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). ...
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  2. Front-Loading Your Thrift Savings Plan

    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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  3. TSP Talk Weekly Wrap Up

    Stocks saw modest gains last week as the market wrapped up a very successful 1st quarter.



    For the TSP, the C-fund gained 0.86% last week, the S-fund was up 0.33%, the I-fund added 0.04%, while the F-fund (bonds) gained 0.12% and the G-fund was up 0.04%.



    For March, the C-fund finished up 3.30%, the S-fund gained 2.30%,the
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  4. Social Media a Double-edged Sword...

    Social Media a Double-edged Sword for Government Officials

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    Jack B. Winn



    Police officers and detectives are using Twitter and Facebook to solve crimes, yet social media can be as much a curse as a blessing.

    In preparation for the six-week long 2011 Rugby World Cup, New Zealand officers scrolled through YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and other sites, searching for signs of intended criminal
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  5. Possible reversal day


    3/30/12

    Stocks got off to a rough start yesterday, and despite some mixed results, all of the indices reversed nicely closing near the highs of the day. The Dow ended the day up 20-points, while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq saw moderate losses.


    For the TSP, the C-fund was down 0.16% yesterday, the S-fund fell 0.11%, the I-fund lost 0.98%, and the F-fund ...
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