F Fund losses


Q. All of my money is in the F fund and I’ve lost a few thousand dollars in the past couple of months. What fund transfer/allocations would you suggest to recover that money (quickly?) and what investment allocation would you recommend until I retire in eight years?

A. Losing money is not a reason to change your investment strategy. All strategies/allocations are subject to loss – that’s the price you pay for the prospect of growth. If 100 percent F Fund was the right asset allocation for your account a couple of months ago, what makes you think it isn’t the right allocation now? It’s impossible to determine the right asset allocation for you with the information you’ve provided. If investment management were that easy, it wouldn’t be such a pervasive problem for so many people.


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Mike Miles is a Certified Financial Planner licensee and principal adviser for Variplan LLC, an independent fiduciary in Vienna, Virginia. Email your financial questions to fedexperts@federaltimes.com and view his blog at money.federaltimes.com.


  1. Noone should have 100% of their money in anything. The safest investment, probably in the world, is the “G” fund, which never loses money. But it never earns much, either.

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