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I'm a federal retirement specialist
Old 08-27-2004, 10:00 PM   #1
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I'm a federal retirement specialist

I'm 25, and I've been working as a federal retirement specialist for 2 years. I know we have some federal employees on here, so if you have any questions about CSRS/FERS/TSP/SS, I can answer them. I can also answer your FEGLI and FEHB questions.

For myself personally, I invest 14% in the TSP (similar to a 401K). I also contributed $3000 to my Roth IRA. I can't afford to save any more than that on my GS-9 salary.

TSP = $8000 (I'm young)
Roth IRA = $12,000

Individual Stocks = $80,000 (thank you, rich grandma)
Money Market = $40,000 (thank you again, rich grandma)
Debt = $0 (thank you parents for paying for my state college)

I'm putting my retirement on auto-pilot right now with the TSP, Roth IRA, SS, and government pension.

My next big financial decision is to buy a new or used car. I'm saving up my money for something in the $10,000 range.

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Re: I'm a federal retirement specialist
Old 08-28-2004, 04:16 AM   #2
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Re: I'm a federal retirement specialist

Auto pilot is the best pilot - at least it was for me - all my side adventures (brain pharts) - real estate, stocks, timberland, etc, - net/net were maybe 10% - the rest was plunka, plunka dollar cost averaging.

The stocks after ten years into ER have climbed to 15% but Bogle's admonition of: 'don't just stand there, do nothing', and 'press on regardless' worked - although I'm fond of De Gaul's - 'drunkards, fools, and The United States of America.'
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