2017 ETF Timing Returns through 6/13/17; Basic Strategy +2.44%, Enhanced and Bull/Bear Strategies +3.63%

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I am an engineer by degree (B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Washington State University, Go Cougs!) and have worked as a nuclear then an environmental engineer for over 32 years, mostly in the Federal government.  I’ve been investing since 1984, when I opened an IRA with Vanguard, and then began actively trading stocks and ETFs at the peak of the dot-com bubble in 1999.  Following about ten years of limited success trading, and less than stellar returns in my Thrift Savings Plan account, I decided to do something about it.  My TSP investing had no consistent plan, and mistakes included over-trading in reaction to news events and based on recommendations of over a dozen gurus I have subscribed to over the years, which more often than not are wrong.

After much research, in 2008 I turned to the seasonal strategies.  Being a do-it-yourself person, I began work on a seasonal strategy “on steroids”, one that included a number of enhancements to make it better, and one that uses daily market data covering a full 30 years of data rather than just monthly data.  Initially I developed the strategies to boost my own return, but later realized that this could also benefit anyone with a TSP account.  So in 2015 I decided to develop my strategies into a fun retirement hobby for me.  In 2016 I worked diligently to polish up the spreadsheet and the explanatory Manual, and beginning in July 2016 I made it available online for anyone with a TSP account to obtain use.  In December 2016 I went live with ETFTiming.com, which extends the strategies to ETFs which mimic the TSP funds.  My hope is that it will be beneficial to your investment returns.   If you like it, please tell a friend!

Steve, at etftiming.com

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