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  1. Should You Take Advantage of the TSP’s G Fund?

    Are you invested in the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP)? If so, did you realize that you have access to an investment vehicle that others can’t access? You do. The humble G Fund is unique and it is only available to those who invest through TSP. Let me explain… The Treasury Department issues...
  2. Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance May Help Some, But Not Many

    Raise your hand if you’ve ever heard of the Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance (FSSA) Program. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller? You, gentle readers with your hands in your laps, are not alone. The program, outlined in Department of Defense (DOD) Instruction 1341.11, isn’t very well known. The website used to determine...
  3. Major Defense Budget Cuts A Possibility…or Are They?

    As you may be aware, the Congressional “Super Committee” recently failed to meet their deadline to come up with a plan to cut the Federal budget. Congress has until the end of December to come up with and pass the committee’s plan, otherwise $1.2 trillion in automatic cuts (“sequestration cuts”)...
  4. The 9th Wonder of the World

    I’ve been told that Albert Einstein stated that compound interest was the 8th wonder of the world. My 6th-grade teacher, Mr. Rast, helped demonstrate that to me more than a few years ago. He asked me if I would prefer $100,000 or one penny doubled every day for a month....
  5. 3 Tips to Improve Your Estate Plan

    I recently attended a day of continuing education conducted by the National Association of Personal Financial Advisers or NAPFA. About one-half of the day was dedicated to the review of an actual estate settlement and several examples of what is called “Post-Mortem Planning”. To be honest, the scenario probably doesn’t apply...
  6. SBP Payments Don’t Go On Forever

    Military Family recently received a question from a reader about the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP).  The question involved the duration of SBP payments.  The reader wanted to know how long her husband, an Air Force Retiree, would pay SBP premiums.  Her husband is 78 years old and retired from the...
  7. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…

    Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, you can start thinking about the upcoming season…Tax Season that is.  I know, I know this is REALLY the Holiday Season, but you can also do a few things to reduce your taxes this year if you take the time now.  Here are 3...