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Will I Be Forced to Spend My TSP When I Get Older?

I am 61 and getting ready to retire soon when I turn 62 and can draw my Social Security. It doesn't appear I will ever need to touch my TSP or IRA, however, I was told I have to spend my TSP when I get older - is this true?

The post Will I Be Forced to Spend My TSP When I Get Older? appeared first on FedSmith.com; post written by Randy Silvey

‘Antiquated Assumptions’ About Federal Pay and Benefits

What changes are likely to occur to your pay and benefits? These are some proposed changes federal workers might see under a new administration based on what we know today.

The post ‘Antiquated Assumptions’ About Federal Pay and Benefits appeared first on FedSmith.com; post written by Ralph R. Smith

Be Aware of TSP Spousal Beneficiary Rules

A TSP participant can designate anyone as a beneficiary to a TSP account, however, only a spousal beneficiary can choose to leave the funds in TSP. The author says it's important to understand all implications of a spousal beneficiary deciding to keep funds inside of the TSP.

The post Be Aware of TSP Spousal Beneficiary Rules appeared first on FedSmith.com; post written by Carol Schmidlin

How Some Federal Employees Can Avoid a 10% Penalty on TSP Withdrawals

Certain categories of federal annuitants can now make penalty free withdrawals from the Thrift Savings Plan. Here is how to avoid incurring this 10% penalty.

The post How Some Federal Employees Can Avoid a 10% Penalty on TSP Withdrawals appeared first on FedSmith.com; post written by John Grobe

New Military Retirement System Has Big Changes

A new military retirement system is going into effect. Here is how it will work.

The post New Military Retirement System Has Big Changes appeared first on FedSmith.com; post written by Ralph R. Smith

Dow Jones Industrial Average

Dow Jones Industrial Average Due For A Pullback Amid Overbought Technicals
ETF Daily News (blog) - Feb 21, 2017
We get Housing data and FOMC minutes later this week, but without any major economic reports due out today, earnings from major firms like Walmart and Home Depot will take center stage.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average Enters Overbought Territory
ETF Daily News (blog) - Feb 15, 2017
Market technician Dave Chojnacki of Street One Financial examines Tuesday's Fed-fueled market rally and updates the major technical levels that investors and traders should focus on as the markets once again put in new all-time highs.
Markets Right Now: US Indexes Pull Back, End Mixed - New York Times
This Dow Jones Industrial Average Analysis Shows Trump Rally Thinning
ETF Daily News (blog) - Feb 9, 2017
As thinning goes, consider it the equivalent of finding 1 or 2 stray hairs in your sink. However, we are ... The SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (NYSE:DIA) was trading at $201.54 per share on Thursday morning, up $1.03 (+0.51%). Year-to-date, DIA ...
The Market In 5 Minutes: One For The Thumb - Benzinga
Although Overbought, Technicals Signal More Upside For The Dow Jones ...
ETF Daily News (blog) - Feb 16, 2017
Market technician Dave Chojnacki of Street One Financial examines the seemingly immutable rally of the U.S. equities markets, despite Fed warnings of multiple interest rate hikes, and updates the technical levels investors should focus on.
Dow heads for longest record streak in 30 years as Fed minutes loom
MarketWatch - 9 hours ago
The Dow Jones Industrial Average ticked higher in its attempt to log its best record-setting streak in three decades but the broader stock market struggled Wednesday as investors awaited the latest Federal Reserve meeting minutes to decipher the timing ...
US stocks hold mixed after Fed minutes hint at rate hike coming soon - CNBC
S&P, Nasdaq dip ahead of Fed minutes; Dow hits record high - Reuters

iShares MSCI EAFE Index Fund (I Fund)

EFA: iShares MSCI EAFE Index ETF
Investopedia - Dec 22, 2015
Launched in 2001, the iShares MSCI EAFE Index ETF (NYSEARCA: EFA) has a long history in the exchange-traded fund marketplace, achieving returns for investors at an annualized rate of 5.53% since the fund's inception. Fund managers with EFA work to ...
Here's Why Investors Must Look Outside The US For ETFs That Will Outperform
ETF Daily News (blog) - Jan 13, 2017
Here's the thing: The best performing stock market gains are consistently found far beyond U.S. borders. Sadly, too many individual investors fail to do so, and are missing out on sizeable gains in overseas markets.
Synovus Financial Corp Buys iShares MSCI EAFE, Vanguard REIT ETF - DNQ ...
Nasdaq - Feb 11, 2017
Synovus Financial Corp added to the holdings in iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology Index Fund by 2223.95%. The purchase prices were between $246.87 and $293.09, with an estimated average price of $273.18.
Twin Focus Capital Partners, Llc Buys Berkshire Hathaway, Apple, Vanguard FTSE ... - GuruFocus.com
SCZ: iShares MSCI EAFE Small-Cap ETF
Investopedia - Dec 15, 2015
The iShares MSCI EAFE Small-Cap Fund (NYSEARCA: SCZ) attempts to reproduce investment results, before fees and expenses, that generally correspond to the performance of the MSCI EAFE Small-Cap Index. MSCI EAFE is a much larger and more ...
EAFE Funds See Big Continued Inflows As We Approach 2017
ETF Daily News (blog) - Dec 29, 2016
The iShares MSCI EAFE Index Fund (ETF) (NYSE:EFA) was trading at $57.51 per share on Thursday afternoon, up $0.12 (+0.21%).

S&P 500 (C Fund)

S&P 500 Trades Lower as Fed Signals Move on Rates 'Fairly Soon'
TheStreet.com - 3 hours ago
The S&P 500 held lower on Wednesday afternoon after the Federal Reserve signaled comfort in moving to higher interest rate levels "fairly soon.
S&P, Nasdaq dip ahead of Fed minutes; Dow hits record high - Reuters
Ten stocks on the move as Dow, S&P 500 open down, investors wait for Fed minutes - Phoenix Business Journal
The MAC-US Timer - A Moving Average Crossover System Of The S&P 500
Seeking Alpha - 10 hours ago
Switching between stocks and bonds as signaled by a simple moving average crossover system of the S&P 500 - the MAC-US Timer - produces significantly higher returns than buy-and-hold stocks.
These 10 stocks dominate the market - NBC2 News
S&P 500 nails the near-term technical target
MarketWatch - 3 hours ago
U.S. stocks are mixed early Wednesday, treading water ahead of the Federal Reserve's meeting minutes, due out this afternoon. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has effectively nailed a near-term target - S&P 2,365 - and true to recent form, the ...
Currency Carry Trade Unwind, Barometer Of S&P 500 Correction
Seeking Alpha - 10 hours ago
The yen carry trade is a great barometer of risk sentiment in the market and typically follows the S&P. However, the New Zealand dollar versus the yen is falling over 3.5%, while the S&P is rising. The divergence may be signaling a correction for the S ...
Charting a 30-year technical breakout, S&P 500 confirms bull trend (again)
MarketWatch - Feb 21, 2017
The major U.S. benchmarks continue to take flight, staging a decisive, and nearly uninterrupted, February break to all-time highs.

iShares Lehman Aggregate Bond (F Fund)

AGG: iShares Barclays Aggregate Bond ETF
Investopedia - Dec 23, 2015
The iShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF (NYSEARCA: AGG), which tracks an index of U.S. investment-grade government and corporate bonds, provides an opportunity to obtain a broad, diversified exposure to the overall bond market with a single investment ...
AGG
ETF.com - Oct 10, 2013
The iShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF tracks an index of US investment-grade bonds. ... In a segment where four funds (AGG, BND, SCHZ and BNDS) track essentially the same underlying index, holding and trading costs are the driving factors.
Doug Casey Warns: “Sell All Your Bonds” As Global Bubble Collapses
ETF Daily News (blog) - Dec 16, 2016
Sell all your bonds.” The iShares Barclays Aggregate Bond Fund (NYSE:AGG) closed at $107.16 per share in Thursday, down $0.13 (-0.12%) and hitting new 52-week lows.
Bill Gross: Low Rates Will Continue Indefinitely, Amid Financial “Methadone”
ETF Daily News (blog) - Feb 6, 2017
The iShares Barclays Aggregate Bond Fund (NYSE:AGG) was trading at $108.14 per share on Monday morning, up $0.13 (+0.12%). Year-to-date, AGG has gained 0.07%, versus a 2.48% rise in the benchmark S&P 500 index during the same period.
BlackRock: Bond Sell-Off Might Continue For Years
ETF Daily News (blog) - Nov 28, 2016
Instead, faster nominal growth suggests more reliance on value stocks, which tends to perform best when growth is improving. The iShares Barclays Aggregate Bond Fund (NYSE:AGG) rose $0.36 (+0.33%) to $108.53 per share in Monday afternoon trading.

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