If you are buying TPS, you may want to reconsider, (see below You have not said where you are investing this money. If it is in a 401k, or IRA, you have to wait till 59 and one half, without paying a penalty. If it is in a regular brokerage account, you can pull it out at any time. If I may suggest, put some of your money in GLD (gold) or SLV (silver), consider a stock like WMT long term, don't put all your eggs in one basket. Thank you and your family for your service, and sacrafice.,
TPS may be a totally wrong selection. (it would be wrong for my investing) It is an ultra short tips ETF. This type of ETF goes down if inflation increases. It is an ultra, so you would lose money at double the rate as the inflation increases. If you think inflation is going to decrease, and we are going into deflation then TPS is the stock of choice.
TIPS is the ETF you want if you think inflation is going to increase while you are in the service.
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