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WELCOME TO THE TSP Discussion Board!

Background. The Thrift Saving Plan (TSP) is a retirement savings plan created by the Federal Employee's Retirement System Act of 1986 for current or retired employees of the federal civil service. The thrift savings plan is a defined-contribution plan designed to give federal employees the same retirement savings related benefits that workers in the private sector enjoy with 401(k) plans.

Purpose. This board contains market-timing commentary and discussion about the Government's Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) and the investment choices thereof. This information is for educational purposes only! This is not advice or a recommendation. We do not give investment advice. Do not act on this data. Do not buy, sell or trade the funds mentioned herein based on this information. Do you own due dilegence. 

References. The TSP Web address for asset transfers and asset allocations is

G Fund    The G Fund invests in short-term U.S. treasuries and functions as a money market account. Principal is guaranteed.

S Fund  The S Fund - Small cap is a bit of a misnomer for this fund. It is actually all of the U.S. stocks that are not included in the S&P 500. There are some fairly large companies in this fund. It is really a compilation of mid-cap stocks and small cap stocks. It tracks the Barclays Extended Market Index Fund, which tracks the Wilshire 4500 index. By investing in both the C and S funds, you are basically investing in every tradable U.S. company. 

C Fund  The C Fund invests in the Barclays Equity Index Fund which tracks the S&P 500, the 500 largest U.S. companies being traded.

F Fund  The F Fund is invested in the Barclays U.S. Debt Index Fund, bond index fund which holds a representative sample of the bonds in the Lehman Brothers U.S. Aggregate (LBA) index. Economic indicators and money supply affect interest rates. Interest rates influence the movement of this fund. When yields move lower, bonds go up in price and the F fund goes up in value. When yields move higher, bonds go down in price and the F fund goes down in value. For expanded charting and discussion about the F Fund, see #board-12339.

I Fund  The I Fund - The International Fund follows the *EAFE index. This stands for Europe, Australia and Far East. The EAFE countries are Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom. If you surf through any of the financial networks on TV at night, you will see quotes on these exchanges and those results affect the next day's I fund price. The I Fund also carries the risk of foreign currency fluctuations. The stock prices of the companies in the EAFE index are expressed in the currency of each respective country and then converted to U.S. dollars to determine the value of the EAFE index. Thus, the value of the EAFE index will rise as the value of the U.S. dollar falls - and fall as the value of the U.S. dollar rises - relative to the currencies of countries with companies that are represented in the EAFE index.

* On some days, the change in the I Fund share price reported by the TSP does not match the change reported for the Morgan Stanley EAFE (Europe, Australasia, Far East) index, which the I Fund tracks. This happens when the Board's investment manager, Barclays Global Investors (BGI) reprices its EAFE Equity Index Fund, in which the TSP invests, after the close of the foreign markets. This process, known as "fair valuation," occurs when there are large U.S. market or currency movements between the time the foreign markets close and 4:00 p.m., eastern time, when BGI's share prices are determined. Fair valuation ensures that traders cannot "market time" the I Fund by making investment decisions based on the "stale" prices, thus diluting the returns of other participants who invest in the I Fund. Because the EAFE uses the foreign market closing prices to calculate its values, its price change will differ from the TSP's on those days. 

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C Fund: Regression to Trend #msg-88600053

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As of 30 Sep 14

#6675  Sticky Note Short-Term Musings frenchee 09/30/14 04:55:35 PM
#6672  Sticky Note Long-Term Musings frenchee 09/29/14 12:38:06 PM
#6668  Sticky Note Intermediate-Term Musings frenchee 09/26/14 11:47:05 AM
#6712   Wow what a ride. hando 10/31/14 01:27:49 PM
#6711   C, I, S - fresh simple charts The_Free_Nebula 10/31/14 08:19:53 AM
#6710   Market comes screaming back...right in time for the The_Free_Nebula 10/31/14 01:45:47 AM
#6709   Thx, I am already 50% in. hando 10/30/14 01:50:21 PM
#6707   It's almost time to switch into S Fund frenchee 10/28/14 03:45:18 PM
#6706   just got on. I must say if I hando 10/28/14 03:40:14 PM
#6705   I must be the odd Man out here. Jahvik 10/27/14 05:49:12 PM
#6704   Hando, I think it's safe to accumulate C frenchee 10/27/14 10:11:35 AM
#6703   What a ride. 10% correction. great buy opportunity. hando 10/23/14 01:58:01 PM
#6702   New lows ahead IMHO, staying in G for Jahvik 10/22/14 05:36:58 PM
#6701   YES!! Thanks for the Charts! Spooz 10/22/14 01:56:15 PM
#6700   After SAP,Google and IBM missing I think Apple Jahvik 10/20/14 02:03:05 PM
#6699   The charts are bouncing out of the abyss.... The_Free_Nebula 10/17/14 09:39:09 PM
#6698   Moved to g for tomorrow. Jahvik 10/16/14 12:20:29 PM
#6697   I agree TFN... frenchee 10/16/14 09:42:18 AM
#6696   That's about how I see it too. Jahvik 10/16/14 09:03:31 AM
#6695   Oh the horror...Folks if your are not out The_Free_Nebula 10/15/14 10:23:05 AM
#6694   1867 is my bail point for C Fund frenchee 10/11/14 12:30:28 PM
#6693   The bounce answered my question. Jahvik 10/08/14 02:58:35 PM
#6692   I told myself if nasdaq broke below 4420 Jahvik 10/08/14 08:00:59 AM
#6691   So am I :(( Spooz 10/06/14 02:26:22 PM
#6690   S & I Fund Investors frenchee 10/06/14 11:46:42 AM
#6689 frenchee 10/04/14 08:31:14 AM
#6688   It was not fun going down. But I hando 10/03/14 01:18:34 PM
#6687   Good Article hando 10/03/14 01:15:31 PM
#6686   Great job!! I'm still sitting in S, Jahvik 10/03/14 12:05:16 PM
#6685   I did yesterday frenchee from analyzing your detail Snippy 10/03/14 11:54:10 AM
#6684   Jumping 100% into C Fund Today frenchee 10/03/14 09:30:41 AM
#6683   Federal workers lose big by pulling out of frenchee 10/02/14 11:35:17 AM
#6682   If not, very close to at least a frenchee 10/02/14 10:37:19 AM
#6681   Ty frenchee! Looks like top of F, Jahvik 10/02/14 10:26:47 AM
#6680   F Fund Musings frenchee 10/02/14 08:46:12 AM
#6679   $EMW, IWM & RUT sitting at a strong Jahvik 10/02/14 07:57:36 AM
#6678   Is the upcoming seasonally favorable period for stocks frenchee 10/01/14 09:10:58 AM
#6677   My thoughts exact frenchee! I think we see Jahvik 10/01/14 09:09:09 AM
#6676   Bear markets like to descend a so-called slope frenchee 10/01/14 08:56:28 AM
#6675   Short-Term Musings frenchee 09/30/14 04:55:35 PM
#6674   P&F Charts frenchee 09/30/14 04:31:06 PM
#6673   The long-term chart for I Fund didn't show frenchee 09/30/14 02:33:02 PM
#6672   Long-Term Musings frenchee 09/29/14 12:38:06 PM
#6671   Today, Marty posted the NYA Index going back frenchee 09/29/14 10:30:38 AM
#6670   The EMA are close to crossing now... frenchee 09/29/14 09:50:47 AM
#6669   I like your assessment. But yesterday didn't feel hando 09/26/14 02:10:31 PM
#6668   Intermediate-Term Musings frenchee 09/26/14 11:47:05 AM
#6667   Rut 2K frenchee 09/24/14 07:40:22 PM
#6666   Well it bounced off the 50 dma. But hando 09/24/14 02:20:34 PM
#6665   Ty Jahvik 09/24/14 01:43:15 PM
#6664   F Fund Chart frenchee 09/24/14 12:18:30 PM
#6663   Frenchee, can you post one of your great Jahvik 09/24/14 08:13:59 AM
#6662   TY hando :) frenchee 09/23/14 08:58:38 PM