Tag: Financial Planning

tsp planning report

TSP Planning Report – January 2019

Facts: Unemployment increased 0.2%, up to 3.9%. 3rd Quarter GDP came in at 3.4%, according to the 3rd estimate. PMI, posted another month of expansion, with the index reading 54.1%. The S&P 500 (C Fund) got hammered and lost 9.03% (in just 1 month!) Assessment: Unemployment did increase, but this is the first increase in 4 months, and

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government shutdown and what to do

Government Shutdown & Income Diversification

Well, the government has shutdown.  Many of us are now in non-pay status, which can impact our accrual of leave hours, our future Social Security benefits, and – if the shutdown lasts REALLY long – can affect our Federal Pensions. But the loss or reduction of future benefits is likely overshadowed by the immediate loss

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financial advice for federal employees

TSP Report December

Facts: Unemployment remained at 3.7%. 3rd Quarter GDP came in at 3.4%, according to the 2nd estimate. PMI, again, posted another solid month of expansion, with the index reading 59.3%. The S&P 500 (C Fund) rebounded and yielded 2.04% Assessment: Unemployment has held strong, holding on to its lowest levels since 1969. 3.4% quarterly GDP is (relatively speaking)

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Not timing the Market, but time in the Market.

I know the market has been a scary place these past couple of months.  Is now the time to get out? Or get in?  How should you deal with this market volatility? I have a short explainer video that goes thru the thinking and math regarding this decision.  https://youtu.be/OgixvCTcOlo If you would like to work

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5 tax tips to reduce your taxes

5 Tax Tips to Reduce Taxes Before Year End

Tax Planning: Reducing taxes is great, and below I have 5 ways you can squeeze off year-end tax savings.  But before we jump on any opportunity to reduce taxes we need to clarify something.  Is your objective to lower taxes NOW or LATER? This clarification is critical and is the basis for the practice of “tax planning.”  Tax

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TSP modernization act changes

This TSP Modernization Rule has already gone into effect.

This TSP Modernization Rule has already gone into effect The TSP Modernization Act is not supposed to go into effect until November 2019, but one rule has already gone into effect.  Below is the actual language from the TSP which you won’t find anywhere because, as the letter below says, this language contradicts what’s currently

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TSP reports for financial planning

TSP Planning Report – November 2018

Facts: Unemployment remained at 3.7%. 3rd Quarter GDP came in at 3.5%, according to the first estimate. PMI, again, posted another solid month of expansion, with the index reading 59.8%. The S&P 500 got walloped and lost 6.3%. Assessment: Unemployment has not seen such lows since 1969. 3.5% quarterly GDP is (relatively speaking) amazing. PMI continues it’s impressive streak, performing well above-average

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webinar financial planning federal employees

Webinar – FSA vs HSA – Which is better for you?

Upcoming Webinar – Free to attend What’s better? FSA or HSA? Can you do both? Both of these plans are available thru FEHB this open season. Understanding the advantages of each can translate into thousands of dollars a year, year after year! Join me in my upcoming webinar – FSA, HSA or Both? – Which

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transform debt into wealth webinar

Webinar: Transforming Debt into Wealth

Is debt bad? Most Americans have debt of some sort (Mortgages, Student loans, Auto loans, TSP loans, CCs…). Understanding that debt can actually be a tool you leverage to build your wealth will give you a deeper insight as to whether you need to accelerate paying off your debt or put your money to better

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financial advice for federal employees

TSP Report October 2018

The economic indicators are positive.  However, the Fed is raising rates.  How does that impact things? The economic indicators show: Unemployment at 3.7%.  We have not seen such lows since 1969. 4.2% quarterly GDP is amazing and hasn’t happened since 2014. The S&P 500 is looking great, with YTD yield of 10.54% PMI continues it’s impressive streak, performing

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