great recession

  • Happy anniversary, C Fund market peak

    If you were like most people invested in the stock market 10 years ago, you were riding high. Then you were in shock and awe as your retirement nest egg began to melt away.

  • Federal agencies score all-time high on customer satisfaction survey

    Customer satisfaction with the federal government reached an 11-year high in 2017 according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index.

  • Retiree health premiums and postal reform

    Union leaders differ on the new Postal Service Reform Act introduced in the Senate, which is meant to make the USPS more financially stable but could have ramifications for employees’ health care.

  • Ever wish you had been privatized?

    The private sector can bring perks and pay many feds only dream of, but a recent report by the Federal Reserve Board, indicated life outside the federal fold is not always a bed of roses.

  • TSP millionaires and the G Fund

    The number of federal/postal workers with Thrift Savings Plan accounts worth at least $1 million jumped nearly 600 percent between April 2016 and April 2018. The value of the biggest account grew by nearly 30 percent in that time.

  • How ’safe’ is playing it safe in the TSP?

    When financial times get tough and a bear market rears its ugly head many Thrift Savings Plan investors head for the safety of the bond index F Fund or, more likely, the super-safe never has a bad day G-fund.

  • TSP: Can you afford to “play it safe?”

    When financial times get tough and a bull market rears its ugly head, many Thrift Savings Plan investors head for the safety of the bond index F Fund or, more likely, the super-safe never has a bad day G Fund.

  • Do you need a 35-year retirement plan?

    Thanks to their Civil Service Retirement System and Federal Employees Retirement System annuities, most federal-postal workers are in good shape compared to many of their private sector counterparts.

  • Bull market birthday: Who blows out the candles?

    The C Fund of the Thrift Savings Plan tracks the U.S. stock market’s 500 largest publicly traded funds. The S Fund tracks the remaining 4,500 so-called small caps, although many are far from small.

  • Are you approaching millionaire territory?

    Whether you get a pay raise or not next January, chances are you are worth more than you think — literally.