Welcome to TSP Strategies

Welcome to TSPstrategies.com! This Web site is dedicated to exploring the benefits of saving and investing in the Thrift Savings Plan.

The companion book, TSP Investing Strategies: Building Wealth While Working for Uncle Sam, lays out a simple set of strategies for long-term, buy-and-hold investors to consider while investing in the TSP. This Web site and accompanying blog will build on those concepts, while focusing on new investing options and developments related to the TSP.

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Just Published!

Thank you for your interest in “TSP Investing Strategies”! I’ve been less active on this forum for a while now because I have been completing another writing project. It’s just been published, and it is titled “Rise of the Taishaku.” You can find more information on Amazon, where it’s available in both print and Kindle editions. It’s a spy/military/thriller-genre novel set in contemporary Northeast Asia. I think many of you would enjoy it… Many of you have wondered about an … more

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C Fund Outperforms Basket of Hedge Funds Over Long Term

As noted in TSP Investing Strategies, ten years ago Warren Buffett made a bet that a low-cost index fund resembling the S&P 500 would outperform any basket of hedge funds that might be chosen to compete against it. As you know, the TSP’s C Fund closely matches the S&P 500 index. Ten turbulent years later, the results are in: the S&P 500 (C Fund) won! The S&P 500 index fund returned 7.7% annualized over that time, compared to the miniscule … more

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TSP Provides Additional Info on New BRS Offering

Thrift Savings Plan administrators just posted updated materials on the Blended Retirement System, now that the year-long opt-in period has commenced. Among the new materials is the video entitled “The TSP for BRS Members: What’s It All About?” They also offer an informative fact sheet, “Questions and Answers about Opting Into the Blended Retirement System.” It will be interesting to watch how the number of TSP participants will grow over the coming year and beyond…

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DoD Officially Kicks Off New ‘Blended Retirement System’

The Department of Defense announced today that the new “Blended Retirement System” (BRS) opt-in period will commence on January 1. DoD noted that close to 1.6 million current service members can choose to remain in the legacy retirement system or choose to opt into the BRS. All new uniformed service members will automatically be enrolled in the BRS after January 1, 2018. The DoD announcement directed service members to visit one of these designated resources to opt into BRS: Army, … more

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Increase in 2018 TSP Deferral Limit

The IRS increased the elective deferral limits for 2018 from $18,000 (the limit in 2017) to $18,500. The catch-up contribution limit is $6,000. More information can be found on the tsp.gov site here, while the IRS announcement is here.

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