Browsing Archive April, 2011
TSP annuity options
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TSP annuity options

The last post talked about the TSP's withdrawal options, including penalty-free ways to tap into your account before age 59.5. It also includes the TSP's draft of their rules for the 2012 Roth TSP. Before we get into the "how" of a TSP annuity, let's ask "Why?" If you're retired from the military then you ...

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TSP withdrawal options
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TSP withdrawal options

So you've been in the military for a few years and you've been dutifully putting part of your paycheck into the Thrift Savings Plan. (If you haven't been contributing to the TSP then go read this post and get hot.) Maybe you're even maxing out your contributions.  But if you're like me, you've been so focused on the ...

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Back to the Trinity Study
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Back to the Trinity Study

Today's post will be a sensuous reading experience that only a financial planner or an economist could love. If you're just getting started on your own finances then you probably want to skip this post (!) in favor of reading the “Armed Forces Guide to Personal Financial Planning”, or "The Military Advantage", or ...

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The Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan
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The Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan

This earlier post describes the SBP and its options, as well as the pros and cons of buying it for your survivors. If you landed here from a search engine or some other link then I'd recommend reading the previous two posts before proceeding with this one. Some of the references and links in this post include ...

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More SBP details
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More SBP details

Let me disrupt the posting schedule for a day with some additional SBP information from Monday's post. One of the book's contributors forwarded me not one but four separate SBP briefs put out by the Air Force Personnel Center. With the gracious permission of Mr. Dan McCullough, who added some clarification slides, ...

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Sea story:  “Hang on!!”
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Sea story: “Hang on!!”

I'd like to dedicate this very long post to a certain NROTC midshipman who's considering joining the submarine force. You have... no idea. You can still make a different choice! The subtitle of this story is "Why we didn't let Jethro go up to the bridge any more." 20 years after the Cold War ended, it's hard to ...

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