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Six Thrift Savings Plan Mistakes to Avoid

By Elias Mael | January 27, 2023

If you work for the federal government or serve in the armed forces, you have access to a retirement and savings plan called a Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). According to TSP.gov, “Established by Congress in the Federal Employees’ Retirement System Act of 1986, the TSP offers the same types of savings…

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What Is the Thrift Savings Plan?

By Elias Mael | January 6, 2023

You may have heard of a 401(k), traditional IRA, and Roth IRA—they’re all retirement plans that allow you to save and invest for retirement. A lesser-known plan is the federal government’s retirement savings plan, the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). According to the Congressional Research Service Federal Workforce Statistics Sources: OPM…

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Index Fund vs. Mutual Fund: What’s the Difference?

By Elias Mael | December 2, 2022

Are you overwhelmed by the number of investment vehicles available to you as an investor? A common question some investors have is: Should I invest in an index fund or a mutual fund? According to Investopedia, “Mutual funds didn’t really capture the attention of American investors until the 1980s and 1990s,…

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Money Market Funds: What They Are and the Advantages and Disadvantages

By Elias Mael | November 25, 2022

If you’re looking at a short-term investment time horizon and want a liquid market, meaning you can easily pull your money out if you choose to, a money market fund can be a good investment vehicle. Per the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), money market funds developed in the…

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How to Diversify Your Portfolio

By Elias Mael | November 4, 2022

Go to almost any store or website that sells something—anything—and you will find several other products for purchase. In fact, you would be hard-pressed to find any place that sells one thing and one thing only. There is a huge, perhaps business-saving reason for this: having a diversified product line…

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Five Ways to Minimize Taxes When You Inherit Money

By Elias Mael | October 28, 2022

After someone dies, their assets are usually transferred to their heirs—whether that be their spouse, children, or other blood relatives. Whenever assets are transferred, a tax may have to be paid on them in the form of an inheritance tax, estate tax, or both. Investopedia says, “An inheritance tax is a…

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How to Survive a Recession: 7 Steps to Take Now to Prepare for an Economic Downturn

By Amanda McFarlane | October 21, 2022

Economic downturns can be nerve-wracking and challenging to know how to survive—and the word recession is a big scary word for many, especially those who experienced the recessions in the early 2000s and 2009. In a June 2022 survey conducted by Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America, 66% of…

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