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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 https://www.tsp.gov/index.shtml

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

Point & Figure Charts #msg-106760622

P/Es & Yields on Major Indexes http://online.wsj.com/mdc/public/page/2_3021-peyield.html

American Bull NYSE Market Timing  http://americanbulls.com/SignalPage.aspx?lang=en&Ticker=SPY

Sell in May and Go Away? #msg-75057963

How to Post StockCharts in Your Message #msg-88716569

As of 30 Sep 14

#6946  Sticky Note S Fund vs. I Fund Relative Performance Chart frenchee 03/02/15 01:12:48 PM
#6945  Sticky Note S Fund vs. C Fund Relative Performance Chart frenchee 03/02/15 01:10:22 PM
#6944  Sticky Note C Fund vs. I Fund Relative Performance Chart frenchee 03/02/15 01:08:22 PM
#7179   90% S, 10% I. hando 07/07/15 05:47:41 PM
#7178   WOW nice. hando 07/07/15 05:18:23 PM
#7177   I closed under 200 day. Touched Mar. 10 hando 07/07/15 05:12:42 PM
#7176   The stop was March 11. This is support. hando 07/07/15 05:00:46 PM
#7175   New to TSP and late in the game... hodahaface 07/07/15 04:18:26 PM
#7174   Damn - good call...For all my tolerance I The_Free_Nebula 07/07/15 03:37:08 PM
#7173   So far I like this chart. Came back hando 07/07/15 12:05:41 PM
#7172   Your right. For me in the past I hando 07/07/15 11:58:44 AM
#7171   Watch the market rally huge tomorrow...Why because I The_Free_Nebula 07/07/15 11:00:08 AM
#7170   Oh please go lower. hando 07/06/15 02:35:49 PM
#7169   My in days are 5 and 8. At hando 07/06/15 01:53:42 PM
#7168   Bounced off 200 day. I am holding for Volatility. hando 07/06/15 01:48:29 PM
#7167   Couldn't resist either......I 50% S 50% drive 07/06/15 12:19:33 PM
#7166   All in 90% S, 10% I. hando 07/06/15 11:56:03 AM
#7165   Couldn't resist.....back to I fund for tommorre Jahvik 07/06/15 11:34:01 AM
#7164   Silence is not GOOD. Look at previous post. hando 07/05/15 10:43:56 PM
#7163   Friend I'm going to stick it out in Jahvik 07/02/15 06:54:37 PM
#7162   Goodbye G Fund frenchee 07/02/15 04:16:06 PM
#7161   That is my hope The_Free_Nebula 07/02/15 04:01:21 PM
#7160   Rally into August? frenchee 07/02/15 02:54:09 PM
#7159   F Fund Long-Term Trend frenchee 06/30/15 11:07:11 PM
#7158   I Fund Long-Term Trend frenchee 06/30/15 11:05:47 PM
#7157   S Fund Long-Term Trend frenchee 06/30/15 11:03:28 PM
#7156   C Fund Long-Term Trend frenchee 06/30/15 10:57:34 PM
#7155   I will go S in 2 steps. hando 06/30/15 04:16:01 PM
#7154   When their is Greed be fearful. When their hando 06/30/15 01:24:37 AM
#7153   Trump Wow. hando 06/30/15 01:20:32 AM
#7152   Like I said its the Chart or the Stars. hando 06/30/15 01:18:03 AM
#7151   This is what I see. VIX has high hando 06/30/15 01:11:24 AM
#7150   How you anticipate the bottom floor is? hando 06/30/15 12:25:45 AM
#7149   I am in this one. As friends. He's hando 06/30/15 12:03:33 AM
#7148   Dam Bro. I found somebody that agrees with me. hando 06/29/15 11:51:46 PM
#7147   Trump OFFENDS the Dignity to RUN for President. hando 06/29/15 11:42:15 PM
#7146   I agree. This elevator hasn't reached drive 06/29/15 05:38:23 PM
#7145   It is not surprising that you and I The_Free_Nebula 06/29/15 05:04:00 PM
#7144   I hope your right for your sake. Jahvik 06/29/15 04:58:03 PM
#7143   It was a good day to get back The_Free_Nebula 06/29/15 04:45:24 PM
#7142   Support? I think we are still at Jahvik 06/29/15 03:20:38 PM
#7141   Wow, what a pounding. Where's the next drive 06/29/15 03:06:11 PM
#7140   I might of jumped in F a week drive 06/29/15 10:46:37 AM
#7139   I'll enjoy the good company....I think a bounce Jahvik 06/27/15 08:59:50 PM
#7138   Jahvik, I might be joining you in F frenchee 06/26/15 02:50:06 PM
#7137   Selling I Fund Today frenchee 06/26/15 11:50:45 AM
#7136   26 Jun Sell Limits for C & I Funds frenchee 06/25/15 03:47:19 PM
#7135   10% more off table. hando 06/25/15 11:26:37 AM
#7134   Down Wow. hando 06/25/15 09:43:51 AM
#7133   EFA set to bounce off 50 day. hando 06/25/15 01:27:06 AM
#7132   This to me is the Rotation. Usually Rotations hando 06/24/15 05:44:42 PM
#7131   C Fund and New Lows Divergence frenchee 06/24/15 10:05:48 AM
#7130   Remember this post. This chart will persist hando 06/23/15 05:54:32 PM