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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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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TSP Could Become a Lot More Popular in Coming Years

With close to 5 million participants, the Thrift Savings Plan is already pretty popular.  It could get a whole lot more popular if recent recommendations on military compensation are implemented. As expected, the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission recommended adding government TSP matches for active and reserve service members, to compensate for a reduced retirement annuity. With an authorized US military strength in 2015 of just over 1.3 million personnel in the four services, that could substantially increase the … more

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Will Coming Big Changes in Military Compensation Include a TSP Match?

The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission is set to release its recommendations within the next week.  It will be interesting to see whether the Thrift Savings Plan will play an enhanced role in a modernized military retirement reform package. The commission has been studying compensation for over a year now, and their report is due by Feb 1. The outgoing defense secretary has been making the rounds the last few weeks, letting folks know that the commission’s report is … more

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Roth TSP Accounts One Year Later

The Roth TSP option is about one year old now, and the option has become a surprisingly popular one. While the Roth TSP became operational in May last year, participants were able to invest in Roth TSP accounts in stages last summer and into the fall based on their department or branch of service. From nothing in May 2012, total Roth TSP assets have grown to over $468.3 million one year later, at the end of June 2013. The total number … more

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