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Subject:  TSP or 401(K) Date:  10/14/2006  11:24 AM
Author:  zimmpa Number:  53978 of 88758

Hello all:

I am in the unique position of being able to take advantage of my company's 401(K) program or contributing to the Fed government's Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) this year and 2007 (only).

Question is which program to contribute to based upon following:

- my company does not match contributions - they deposit 3% no matter my contribution and also contribute a further amount through another program, again irregardless how much I contribute (I know... great benefit!).

- company 401(K) plan is through Fidelity

- 401 (K) plan has 60K after 2 years of establishing

- IRA's are not part of decision - they wil be maxed out in 2006 and 2007 as well

- I will of course compare performance and fees of the funds invloved
in both plans (have not done that yet)

- I will be aggressive in a TSP portfolio; I am aggressive in 401(K)

- 41 years old -- 25 years till retirement

Any other deciding factors I should look at?

Anything obvious I am missing, for example the TSP has benefits a 401 (K) does not ?


We are in a very good financial place through Dec 2007. Comes at a price... mobilized to active duty.

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