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Military Financial Matters

Is Your Thrift Savings Plan Optimized?

“What should I do with my Thrift Savings Plan?” I get that question all the time. If you don’t know what the Thrift Savings Plan is, you can check out my post covering the basics of the Thrift Savings Plan… Continue Reading →

Thrift Savings Plan 101

This post will cover the basics of the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). It is a primer for future (and previous) posts that will cover more advanced topics. The TSP is a retirement savings plan that allows contributions and investments to… Continue Reading →

Military Pension or Ford Mustang?

An article came out in MilitaryTimes about a month ago, that once again discussed how to tweak military pensions. The latest and greatest ideas are the result of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission’s report, which came out on 29… Continue Reading →

The More I Learn, The Less I Earn.

In my Equity Analysis class at Creighton’s MSAPM program, we are learning yet again how active management fails to outperform the market. Here is a nice article if you need to get up to speed on the subject. If you prefer… Continue Reading →

Battle Royale – Survivor Benefit Plan vs. Term-Life Insurance

When you transition from the military, after 20+ years of service (there are a few exceptions which I will ignore for the sake of brevity), you are entitled to a pension. I have previously blogged about the value of military pensions,… Continue Reading →

Military Pensions Revisited……. Again

I read an article last night in Military Times, about how they are looking at ways to “tweak” the military pension system to save the Pentagon some money. I would like to see how this newly proposed system stacks up value-wise to the traditional… Continue Reading →

Value of a Military Pension Part Deux

In a previous post, I discussed possible values for a military pension using some standard time value of money calculations. Something about my results bothered me though. So, what bothered me? It has to do with the discount rate. The discount… Continue Reading →

Value of a Military Pension

We have been studying pensions in my Advanced Financial Analysis class at Creighton University, and it made me think about how much a military pension is worth. It is fairly easy to calculate how much a military retiree will receive each month, but… Continue Reading →

TSP Optimization with MS Excel

In the military we have the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). What’s the TSP? The TSP is essentially a 401k for federal government workers which was made available to members of the military in 2000. There are five basic funds which can… Continue Reading →

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