Ralph R. Smith

Ralph Smith has several decades of experience working with federal human resources issues. He has written extensively on a full range of human resources topics in books and newsletters and is a co-founder of two companies and several newsletters on federal human resources. Follow Ralph on Twitter: @RalphSmith47

November is Good for TSP Investors-S Fund Leads the Pack

By on December 4, 2002 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments

November was generally good for TSP fund investors with the S fund leading all others.

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Cash Bonuses Coming for Some Political Appointees

By on December 4, 2002 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments

Political appointees and career civil service will be competing for money from the same bonus pool

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Cut Congressional Pay by 3.1% says Congressman

By on December 4, 2002 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments

Florida Congressman proposes to cut Congressional pay in response to 3.1% federal employee pay raise

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C Fund Up Again in November

By on December 1, 2002 in Pay & Benefits, Retirement with 0 Comments

The TSP’s C fund has been good to investors for two months in a row with a postive return of about 5.7% in November.

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Mail Chauvinism: E-Mail and the Postal Service, Circa 1980

By on November 6, 2002 in Agency News with 0 Comments

The future is hard to predict and even harder to conrol. In 1980, representatives of the Postal Service saw the agency retaining control of e-mail just as it does paper mail.

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When Does An Agency Become A Company?

By on November 5, 2002 in Agency News with 0 Comments

The Postal Service is engaging in more private enterprise ventures to the dismay of competitors.

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Market Turn: C Fund Zooms Up While the F Fund Goes Down

By on November 5, 2002 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments

The stock market rebound in October is reflected in the results of the C fund–up 8.77%. The F fund turned down slightly in response to market pressure in the bond market.

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Is the TSP's F Fund a "Risky Investment"?

By on November 3, 2002 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments

Several readers have asked FedSmith.com about the risks of investing in bonds. Our advice: Investing in a bond fund is necessary to have a diversified investment portfolio.

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C Fund Skyrockets in October

By on October 31, 2002 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments

The TSP’s C Fund had a positive return in October of more than 8%–the best return since the height of the bull market way back in 2000.

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TSP C Fund Down for 7 of 9 Months But October is Looking Good

By on October 27, 2002 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments

With the C Fund down more than 20% in the past twelve months, fund investors are looking for a respite. They may get one in October if the stock trend continues for the last several days of October.

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