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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How To Avoid Investment Scams – a Convicted Felon Comes Clean

Bernie Madoff perpetrated one of the largest Ponzi schemes in history, with losses totaling between $50 and $65 billion.  He was convicted in 2009 and sentenced to 150 years in prison. In a recent interview from prison, Madoff shared how not to be taken in by a Ponzi scheme.  When asked where investors should put their money “with the least amount of risk for fraud,” Madoff answered: “The best chance for the average investor is to put money in an … more

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My Extended Medical Hiatus: A Reality Check on HDHPs/HSAs

I went on paternity leave a few months ago following the birth of our son.  Even before his birth, my wife and I had already visited the hospital facilities over a dozen times to check on his in-utero development, meet with potential pediatricians, check on things like car seat adjustments and to take CPR training.  I thought the birth of our son would be the only medical event of the year for us, but I was wrong. Within weeks of … more

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Additional TSP Site Security Warranted Following Hacking Incident

It is a truism in Washington that if an agency or politician needs to publicize negative news, it issues a press release on Friday afternoon just as everyone is headed home for the weekend.  The recently reported TSP hacking incident was certainly negative news, and TSP administrators posted their most recent update on Friday afternoon.  While the posting appeared on the site at just after 3 p.m. EST, still during business hours and not quite late enough to avoid garnering … more




How Much Apple Do You Own?

With the incredible success in recent years of the iPhone, iPad, MacBook computers, iTunes, etc. etc., Apple has grown to become the largest company in the world.  The price of Apple’s stock has more than doubled over the past two years, from around $250 in mid-2010 to about $580 today.  At one point in early April, it reached an all-time high of $644.  The company is worth $541 billion, compared to the second-largest U.S. company, Exxon, which is worth $373 … more

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