Maxing your 401(k) or TSP will help you get to this Happy Place faster…

There’s a lot of debate about how much you should put in to your TSP or 401(k) plan every year, and whether you should ‘front-end’ load your 401(k) at the beginning of the year, dollar cost average during the year, or back-end load your 401(k) at the end of the year for tax planning.

Here’s a 401(k) hack that works for me at the end of every calendar year.

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New Military Retirement System is a Pyramid Scheme

Lendign Club Provides Investors with Negative Returns

My Lending Club investment returns have been taking a beating lately.  Even with a spread of more than 1400 loans across multiple grades, I’m getting burned with -0.3% Annualized Return.

This account funded in the Spring of 2015, so the loans are in their at their 30 month point, a ‘danger zone’ when Lending Club reports most defaults take place.

This account has followed all of the recommended investing ‘rules’ on the Lending Club website – Buy more than 800 loans, spread out your credit risks, etc.  After following the Lending Club guidance, all I can state is that the performance is rather unnerving, minus 0.3% Annualized Return: Continue reading


7 Reasons Hedge Funds Suck

The following is a summary of points I found in ‘The Hedge Fund Mirage by Simon Lack. Simon spent an entire career on Wall Street as a trader or providing ‘Seed Funding’ to Hedge Fund managers. The goal of his book is to inform investors and provide some transparency to the Hedge Fund Industry.

Feds and Vets, thank yourself that the TSP prevents you from stepping in these Hedge Fund land mines below:

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Risk

Feds – Don’t be alarmed.  If you’re a new hire or are opting for TSP ‘L’ Fund allocation based on your age, your TSP asset allocation has not become more ‘Risky’.

Last week’s article at GovExec misses the mark, and while the follow-up article at GovExec about TSP L Fund allocation is closer to the truth it still does not paint the whole picture.

Here’s what you really need to know about ‘risk’ when it comes to investing in TSP:

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