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WELCOME TO THE TSP Discussion Board!

Background. The Thrift Saving Plan (TSP) is a retirement savings plan for current and 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. 

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. The principal is guaranteed.

S Fund  The S Fund - the Small cap is a bit of a misnomer for this fund. It is all of the U.S. stocks that are not included in the S&P 500. There are some relatively large companies in this fund. It is 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 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.

I Fund  The I Fund - The International Fund follows the *EAFE index. This stands for Europe, Australia, and the 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 the 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 - about 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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As of 17 Apr 19

#8039   Hulbert references the “Investors Intelligence's sentiment survey of baja6string 07/19/19 01:35:36 PM
#8038   The IWM has been in the same channel Jahvik 07/18/19 08:57:16 AM
#8037   I would not call this market bullish The_Free_Nebula 07/17/19 12:20:21 PM
#8036   https://www.thestreet.com/markets/how-to-spot-a-market-top-when-you-see-one frenchee 07/17/19 10:48:40 AM
#8035   Sentiment (%-Bulls in selected Rydex Long/short Funds) continues baja6string 06/22/19 12:56:25 PM
#8034   Contrarian buy…That’s interesting, especially since it is somewhat baja6string 06/18/19 10:21:39 PM
#8033   I'm thinking it is. The big boys frenchee 06/18/19 01:43:38 PM
#8032   I hope so... The_Free_Nebula 06/18/19 10:34:18 AM
#8031   Contraian Buy Signal? frenchee 06/18/19 08:09:54 AM
#8030   The advance-decline line is positive for the 10-d, baja6string 06/10/19 01:46:06 PM
#8029   If we get equity strength on 11 Jun, frenchee 06/10/19 12:23:53 PM
#8028   Thanks Frenchee! baja6string 06/05/19 06:22:16 PM
#8027   ‘Buckle up!’ When oil and gold trade like frenchee 06/04/19 03:33:43 PM
#8026   B6S, good luck! frenchee 06/04/19 03:30:13 PM
#8025   Back in today. Not sure if this is baja6string 06/04/19 11:14:28 AM
#8024   US $ Weekly Candlestick frenchee 05/24/19 03:13:27 PM
#8023   ty TFN so far, so good frenchee 05/15/19 09:24:16 AM
#8022   great timing The_Free_Nebula 05/13/19 06:02:48 PM
#8021   Wish I would have pulled the trigger Monday The_Free_Nebula 05/10/19 08:20:17 PM
#8020   The intermediate-term trend appears to be down or frenchee 05/10/19 11:08:15 AM
#8019   Long-Term Charts of S, C, I and F Funds frenchee 05/01/19 03:26:50 PM
#8018   Sell the stock market in May and go frenchee 05/01/19 11:35:38 AM
#8017   Relief from TSP Withdrawal Requirement Advances BleeckerStreet 04/26/19 07:29:25 PM
#8016   S Fund to Rollover First? frenchee 04/26/19 09:06:24 AM
#8015   BleeckerStreet 04/12/19 08:58:13 PM
#8014   How do I add a live SharpChart to frenchee 04/12/19 03:18:46 PM
#8013   Goodbye F Fund frenchee 04/12/19 01:27:07 PM
#8012   It looks like the markets are headed down baja6string 03/24/19 09:15:23 PM
#8011   TY BleeckerStreet :) frenchee 03/05/19 01:10:50 PM
#8010   Always liked you chart work! BleeckerStreet 03/04/19 03:04:00 PM
#8009   what happened today?...started out pretty green... The_Free_Nebula 03/04/19 12:44:14 PM
#8008   I hear ya TFN frenchee 03/04/19 12:41:40 PM
#8007   Tsp has run since the Dec destruction. The_Free_Nebula 03/01/19 09:32:10 PM
#8006   Beware the Ides of March frenchee 03/01/19 10:41:30 AM
#8005   I think we need to consider reentering the baja6string 02/19/19 06:35:18 PM
#8004   Dow needs to give back some gains before frenchee 01/25/19 08:57:38 AM
#8003   Today, I switched to a 30% stock allocation baja6string 01/09/19 09:28:14 PM
#8002   Moving 50% to G Fund Today frenchee 01/08/19 10:47:16 AM
#8001   Excellent! I moved to 100% G for this morning. I Jahvik 01/08/19 04:03:22 AM
#8000   Yes, the market has been overvalued for some baja6string 01/07/19 08:21:51 PM
#7999   https://www.advisorperspectives.com/dshort/updates/2019/01/02/regression-to frenchee 01/04/19 02:34:35 PM
#7998   thanx for the tip... The_Free_Nebula 01/04/19 01:22:05 PM
#7997   Good luck on the dip, and thank you. BleeckerStreet 01/03/19 01:17:33 PM
#7996   Good work... I got caught... Still working though.. The_Free_Nebula 01/03/19 10:46:39 AM
#7995   The wife and I both ended 2018 fairly BleeckerStreet 01/03/19 08:21:45 AM
#7994   Same to you Frenchee...Happy New Year! baja6string 01/01/19 08:52:32 PM
#7993   I've been wrong before...let's hope it's not Kung Fool. baja6string 01/01/19 08:51:50 PM
#7992   Happy New Year, Mates! frenchee 12/31/18 09:21:59 AM
#7991   I bow to your Kung Fu The_Free_Nebula 12/27/18 04:05:25 PM
#7990   In the Aug 2011 correction, the S&P 500 baja6string 12/27/18 02:26:17 PM