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July 02
Are the
by  United States crondanet5 | 2 Comments

percentile rates of return for 1 July correct? The share prices are, but the bottom chart indicated a .30 something percent increase as opposed to the displayed .84 percent. Does this make a difference in the Fantasy Game standings?

June 30
by  United States - Georgia snaffu | 2 Comments

Some financial markets will be closed on Friday, July 3rd in observance of the Independence Day holiday. The Thrift Savings Plan will also be closed. Transactions that would have been processed Friday night (July 3rd) will be processed Monday night (July 6th), at Monday's closing share prices.


June 29
GDP - U.S. vs China
by  United States Kato | 9 Comments

Okay so I'm wondering about investing in the US much anymore. Why?

Well for starters, the US has dropped in total GDP by 6% in the last 25 years while China has gained almost 9% in those same 25 years.

Now I'm talking global GDP. The US leads the world at 19.31% with China coming in at second with 15.4% If this trend between the two countries continues, China will surpass the US in about 5 to 10 years.

Much of the investment opportunties in China are not available to US investors but there are some very attractive ETF options. For example, FXI, ASHR, KBA, CNXT, ASHS, and CHAU to name a few popular ones. Their expense ratios are mostly on par with most US ETF's and they have great returns so far.

Now I know the GDP of a country is not the only variable you look at when investing but it does make me wonder where the global markets will be leaning in the coming years especially from an investment standpoint and that makes me wonder about investing in the US.

Thoughts, opinions, or general sarcasm encouraged :)

June 29
Pvt. Snaffu's Voo-Doo Projections for week of Jun 29
by  United States - Georgia snaffu | 33 Comments

F Fund: Bounced off previous support. FSTO ready to swing pos but SSTO turning down so bottom of swing may not be complete yet.

C Fund: This week ended with a Doji just below the 50% retracement of the last swing. FSTO and SSTO are both falling together. MACD is neutral. Approaching support at the 100MA. Recent history has shown that price breaks the 100MA by a few points then bounces. I expect SPX to hit 2090 ish this week then bounce.

S Fund: Just reaching .38% retracement. FSTO, SSTO and MACD are all falling.

I Fund: FSTO and SSTO have peaked and are rolling over. With the Greek situation pending over the next few days, not a buy

Summary: no real reason to get out, but to maximize return, not the time to get in till probably after the holiday.

June 26
Any ideas?
by  United States - Alabama LoGiK | 18 Comments

I am a little confused. I was under the impression that Roth TSP deductions were after taxes were taken out. I am looking at my LES and for an e5 with 5 years of service I get taxed on my base pay of $2580.6. However my contribution to the Roth TSP appears to be pretax. Below is a breakdown of my LES..

Taxable income: $2580.60

Federal Taxes: $303.65
Social Security: $160.00
Medicare: $37.42
SGLI: $29.00
State Tax: $120.41
AFRH (No idea): $0.50
Total: $650.98

Now my LES says I have a $180.64 deduction for Roth TSP. I have elected 7% of base pay ONLY. 7% of $2580.6 comes out to $180.642. However, 7% of $1929.62 (2580.60-650.98) comes out to $135.07.

Any ideas?

June 25
Figuring High 3 average
by  United States LONEWOLF | 4 Comments

I am a ATSS-2101-H. I make more than the highest step for H band. In figuring my high 3 average, is this based on what i am actually making or the highest step in the H band. Also, does anyone know what the highest salary is in the H band.

June 19
G-Fund until the Greek debt crisis blows over?
by  United States Secpon | 20 Comments

I recently moved all my allocation to the S-Fund based off the strong performance of the stock market lately, but all these headlines about Greece seem to be fueling a lot of doubt and concern about the global market. I'm wondering if it would be a prudent to move into the G-Fund until this subsides.

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