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Changes to the TSP L Funds and Finance Friday Articles

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There were a lot of great articles during the last week, so I apologize for the number below, but they are all great reads.

Also of note this week is that it’s time to decide whether you go for the new Blended Retirement System and this Thrift Savings Plan notice:

Changes coming to the Lifecycle (L) Funds — (November 29, 2018) We are planning adjustments to the L Funds in an effort to improve your investment outcomes. Effective in January 2019, we will increase exposure to international stocks (the I Fund) from 30% to 35% of the overall stock allocation in all L Funds. The L Income Fund stock allocation (C, S, and I Funds combined) will increase from 20% to 30% over a period of up to 10 years. The L 2030, L 2040, and L 2050 overall stock allocations will hold steady for a period of years before resuming their transitions from stocks to bonds. In addition to improving investment outcomes, this pause will align the L 2030, L 2040, and L 2050 Funds with the L 2060 Fund, which will be introduced in 2020 with an initial stock allocation of 99%. Visit Lifecycle Funds to learn more.

The L Funds are getting riskier, which is probably a good thing.


Here are this week’s personal finance articles:

2019 Contribution Limits and the Changes Impacting Your Retirement

6 Tips For Those Who Have Enough

7 Behaviors of the Wealthy (and How I Copy Them)

7 Ways To Increase Your Savings Rate

Best Stocks for 2019? Let’s Look At The 2018 Stock Picks First!

Doing Nothing About a Market Decline

Four Reasons To Hire A Financial Advisor

Get Rich With Simplicity

How the Bogle Model Beats the Yale Model

How to Retire Forever on a Fixed Chunk of Money

Physicians Want to Know How to Pay Off Debt Or Invest

Taking Us for Fools

Tax Code Changes You Should Know: What’s New for Homeowners

Tax-Loss Selling: A Silver Lining in Volatile Markets

Three Ways “First, Do No Harm” Applies to Personal Finance

Why You Should Not Give Up On Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Your Household CFO

Finance Friday

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Here are this week’s personal finance articles:

Counting Down (a discussion about end of the year financial housekeeping)

Daylight Robbery (real life stories of bad things financial advisors have done to clients)

Financial CME #8: Test Your Knowledge

Is it Time to Take Some Money Off the Table?

Some Advanced 2018 Continuing Financial Education Reading

The View From Here (a discussion of how you should react to the recent stock market drop)

Vanguard Shareholders To Save Estimated $80 Million Through Broader Access To Low-Cost Admiral Shares

2019 Thrift Savings Plan Contribution Limits

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Here’s the official announcement of the 2019 contribution limits for the Thrift Savings Plan:

For those less than 50 years old, it increased from $18,500 to $19,000. If you are 50+ you can do an extra $6,000 on top of that.

Finance Friday

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Here are some good articles for Finance Friday:

Financial CME #6: Test Your Knowledge

How Much Value Can a Financial Advisor Add? (this one is my article – PDF version here if you prefer)

Is Your Home Properly Insured?

Travel Hacking 101: How to Travel the World for Free

Warning Shot (a discussion about recent market turbulence and whether you should react)