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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The ‘Monster’ in the C Fund

Every few weeks, the S&P 500 announces the addition of new companies to the index.  These additions are announced as other S&P 500 member companies merge or shrink in size as they spin off operations or otherwise fail (think: Enron). This week, S&P 500 announced the addition of Monster Beverage Corp., the maker of dozens of highly caffeinated drinks such as Protean, Monster Energy, Super Dry, and Hammer.  (The ingredients for the latter include “nitrogenated coffee, concentrated skim milk, sugar, … more

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TSP Annuity Rates: How Low Will They Go?

Thrift Savings Plan administrators recently announced that the interest rate for annuities purchased in June will be 2.125%.  This interest rate is unchanged since February, when it dropped from 2.150%.  This is an astoundingly low interest rate for an annuity, and it is a result of incredibly low interest rates since 2008. These rates appear to be headed even lower in the coming months.  With the continuing political turmoil in Europe and precarious debt burdens throughout the developed world, yield … more

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Say Good-Bye to the TSP-50

In a sign of how far the TSP website has come over the past ten years, TSP administrators on May 7th announced the discontinuation of the TSP-50 “Investment Allocation” form.  Many long-time investors probably remember that for many years, this was the main form used to change one’s contributions and request an interfund transfer.  Now that these functions are easily accessible on the TSP.gov website, this form has become obsolete. Here is the most recent version of the form TSP-50:

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After the Roth TSP, a ‘Mutual Fund Window’?

While the Roth TSP has received the lion’s share of attention since the June 2009 enactment of the “Thrift Savings Plan Enhancement Act,” the legislation also empowered the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (FRTIB) to allow a “mutual fund window” if “the Board determines that such addition would be in the best interests of participants.” A mutual fund window would allow TSP participants to invest some of their contributions in mutual funds outside the ten already offered in the TSP.  … more

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