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  1. October Ends on Down Note

    The market gave up some of its impressive gains today, but October was still a huge month for the bulls, with the S&P 500 finishing the month with a gain of almost 11%.

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    The sell-off began overseas as the elation over the agreements reached last week at the EU Summit wore off. Some of the bourses saw losses of more than 3% on the day.

    And the dollar soared in response as the I fund realized a loss of 5.19% by the close. ...
  2. Can stocks move up again this week?


    Stocks were mixed on Friday after the 500-point rally on Wednesday and Thursday. The Dow gained 23-points and the S&P was up fractionally, but the Nasdaq, Transportation Index, and small caps all closed lower.

    For the TSP, the C-fund was up 0.04% on Friday, the S-fund lost 0.22%, the I-fund fell 0.68%, and the F-fund (bonds) gained 0.44%.

  3. Movement at the Top

    It's been several weeks since the Top 50 had a shift in stock allocation exceeding 10%, but this week there's movement at the top. Here's the charts:

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    The Top 50 increased their collective stock exposure by a healthy 17.82% going into the new trading week. Total stock allocation now sits at 34.06%. That's still not exactly bullish, but not nearly as bearish as it was last week. What I find interesting ...
  4. My boss is a surly bastard. Can I get a transfer?

    By's Bureaupat

    Dear Bureaupat,

    My supervisor is a surly bastard. The past two years have been the worst two years in my working life.Recently, I've sought professional services. I'm a mess and my boss is making my life a living hell. Can I ask for a transfer? Is there such a thing?

    Dear On the Edge,

    The trick is to keep yourself outside of a room ...
  5. TSP Talk Weekly Wrap Up


    The bailouts confirm our recent rally

    This is becoming redundant, but it was another wild week on Wall Street. We saw an average daily move of 167-points in the Dow with 4 of the 5 days being up or down triple digits.

    The big story of course was the announcement of the bailout in Europe. Whether this is a real fix or not, it does buy some time and it will allow us to focus more on the economic developments in the U.S., which has actually ...
    TSP Weekly Wrap Ups
S&P 500 (C Fund)
DWCPF (S Fund)
Dow Jones U.S. Completion Total Stock Market Index (^DWCPF)
EFA (I Fund)
iShares MSCI EAFE Index (EFA)
AGG (F Fund)
iShares Lehman Aggregate Bond (AGG)