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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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Monthly Archives: December 2012

Dec


26

Debt Ceilings and the G Fund

Another year, another $1.3 trillion in debt.  The Secretary of the Treasury informed Congress by letter today that the U.S. will reach its statutory $16.394 trillion debt limit on December 31.  The letter indicated that one of the four options available to postpone default on U.S. obligations pending Congressional action is the suspension of payments to the G Fund: “Once the debt limit has been reached, Treasury may also suspend the daily reinvestment of the Treasury securities held by the … more

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Dec


19

F Fund Developments

In perhaps the most underwhelming news of the month, it was recently announced that BlackRock would continue to manage the Fixed Income Index Investment Fund – the F Fund.  (Management of the fund was recompeted this summer.) BlackRock won a one-year contract with four one-year options for renewal.  BlackRock had managed the fund since it acquired Barclay’s Global Investors – the former manager of the fund – in 2009. This likely bodes well for BlackRock in continuing to manage the … more

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Dec


13

New Leadership At TSP?

In an unusual move, the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (FRTIB) held a closed-door session today.  There was just one topic on the agenda: personnel. Closed-door sessions in and of themselves are not unusual.  Most, if not all, monthly FRTIB meetings end after holding closed-door sessions.  But the closed-door sessions always follow lengthy meetings on TSP-related issues that are open to the public. What’s more, there is another meeting scheduled for December 17th, next Monday.  Item #2 on the agenda … more

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Dec


07

One Week Left to Contribute Via CFC

The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is quickly drawing to a close.  While the CFC and various government agencies have in previous years extended the timeframe to contribute, this year the CFC will officially end on December 15th, in one week. Here are a few Web sites to review for those in the “National Capital Area” (the DC region) and abroad.  Many other sites for local CFC chapters are available on the internet. In addition to giving through local chapter fund … more

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Dec


05

Just When you Thought Your TSP Account Was Secure….

Reading through the TSP’s budget plan for FY2013, I came across the following interesting “mission critical” “initiative” on the part of TSP administrators: “We intend to modify existing Data Center and Infrastructure Support contracts to increase the scope of work, to include the creation of a security and network operations team with the capability to detect, track and react to threats to our security and network operations…Further, we intend to award an independent support contract for the Chief Information Security … more

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