financial planner Stephen Zelcer
what are the alternatives to the G Fund

What are the Alternatives to the G fund?

Alternatives to the G fund –Even when the Debt Ceiling is not threatening the G Fund: Alternatives to the G Fund: Before I get into the Debt Ceiling and its relationship with the G fund, I first want to begin by sharinghow I help clients re-create G fund benefits outside the TSP. Here’s what investors

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guide to federal employees benefit milestones

Key Milestones in the Career of a Federal Employee [Updated]

Key Milestones in the Career of a Federal Employee – Updated I’ve seen it many times.  Federal employees who thought they would only spend a few years as a Fed and move on, only to find themselves still a Fed 20+ years down the road.  This unintentional floating along in a Federal job can be

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TSP Planning advice for Federal Employees

TSP Planning Report January 2022

TSP Planning Report January 2022 Facts: The G Fund rate for January 2022 was set at 1.625%. This month’s unemployment rate decreased from 4.2% to 3.9%.  Unemployment was at 6.3% in January 2021. PMI (Purchasing Managers Index) continued to expand (any reading above a score of 50 means expansion). This month’s reading came in at

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Should I use my TSP to start a business?

Q&A – Should I use my TSP to start a business? (This article originally appeared as Ask Bob: Do I Qualify For a TSP Hardship Withdrawal – here) Question My wife and I started a business, but due to COVID, materials, construction prices dramatically increased and permitting delays we have not been able to open

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Q&A – Funding & Replenishing the 10-year bucket

Q&A – Funding & Replenishing the 10-year bucket Question Hi Stephen, I set up the 10-year conservative bucket, as you instructed.  It represents 10-years of investment income.  I love the idea!  I just had some questions:  When do I draw income from the conservative bucket, and do I need to replenish the conservative bucket as some point?  If yes,

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Do you need a trust? Live webinar

Do you need a Trust? – New Live Webinar

Do you need a Trust? – New Live Webinar A trust costs a few thousand dollars. And it seems everyone is doing it. Why? Should you, too? In this webinar you will learn: • The benefits of a trust • The benefits people assume a trust provides, but doesn’t • Whether a trust will solve

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federal benefits question and answer?

New Webinar – Financial Questions & Answers with Stephen Zelcer

New Webinar – Financial Questions & Answers with Stephen Zelcer If there’s one thing Covid-19 has done to us all, it has changed our natural mode of operation and introduced a new dynamic into our lives. As such, things that we previously did without thinking are now being reevaluated. That can actually be a good

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is the fsa better than the hsa?

Q&A: Is the FSA better than the HSA?

Q&A: Is the FSA better than the HSA? Question My wife and I are expecting a baby in June.  You made clear that an FSA is the better choice for someone who is anticipating a year filled with high medical expenses… but I didn’t understand exactly why.  Would you mind elaborating very briefly why the

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