Adventures in Financial Analysis

My continuing journey into the world of finance.



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 →

Busy Busy Busy

The past 30 plus days have been incredibly busy. Not only am I attempting to wrap up my last class in Creighton University’s Masters in Investment Management program (MIMFA), but I have literally spent four of the past five weeks… Continue Reading →

200 Hours In 36 Days

For the past few weeks I have been on an adventure with a Belgian reconnaissance company, out in the woods for Sabre Junction 15. While this was fun and exciting, participating in this exercise has allowed me to study for a whopping… Continue Reading →

The Final Stretch!

I am entering the final stretch in my preparations for the CFA Level II Exam on June 6th. My countdown app says I have 63 days until test time. I have been living in my Schweser Notes and my Q-bank for… 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 →

News From the Frontlines

The 28th of January marked the end of another major training event here at the Joint Multi-national Readiness Center (JMRC). Here is a video if you want to see what Allied Spirit (the name of said major training event) was all… Continue Reading →

Let the Fun Begin!

So, my Equity Analysis class started on the 5th of January. In true Adventures in Financial Analysis fashion, I have a major field training exercise beginning on the 12th of January. So I will spend the next few weeks, living in… 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 →


It has been almost a month since I have done anything related to finance. It is not my intent to go so long in between marching toward my goals, but sometimes the Army has other plans. I have been working intimately with… Continue Reading →

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