Like many investment opportunities, in a recession economy the price of stocks drops considerably, and that opens up more entry points you can finally afford to leverage.
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Take Stock of Your Military Investments

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In any economic recession, you as military service members have a strong financial advantage over civilians: military job stability. Your income continues to flow and your job won't be phased out.

Especially during a recession economy, diversifying your military retirement plan, maintaining contributions to your Thrift Savings Plan, and taking advantage of high-yield banking are financial strategies you should keep up with.

And, if you have more than five years to hold, a recession is often a good time to take the plunge with stocks for your military portfolio.

The reason? Like many investment opportunities, in a recession economy the price of stocks drops considerably, and that opens up more entry points you can finally afford to leverage.

If you don't know which specific stocks you want to invest in, consider investing a broad index fund like Fidelity's Spartan Total Market Index Fund or Vanguard's Total Stock Market Index Fund. These total market funds have are especially attractive because you get investment diversification at the lowest investing fees. And the prices of these funds relative to the earnings of the companies in the index had dropped more than 40% by 2009.

Both stocks and broad index funds may get cheaper still before the economy recovers. But whether you buy now or wait, broad index funds can be a simple, smart way to invest some portion of your military salary in your future, by taking stock in the future economic recovery of the country.



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