Browsing: F Fund

Q. I am a FERS employee with 28 years in government service and about five years away from retirement. I evaluate my TSP portfolio allocation based on risk comfort, life expectancy, etc. in isolation from what I expect to receive from Social Security and my FERS pension. My allocation is roughly 60 percent stocks, 40 percent bonds (mostly G Fund). Recently, I have been told that because I will have a guaranteed income stream from my FERS pension, I can afford to take more risk in my TSP and I should move money from the G Fund to the stock side of the portfolio.…

Which way will the market, and the value of your TSP account, go next? If you’re like most investors, you are betting, and therefore hoping, that it moves higher. Or, maybe, lower. Either way, if you have a preference, then that preference makes you vulnerable — vulnerable to the risk of being wrong. As much as you might tell yourself otherwise, the odds that the value of a share in the C, S, I or F funds will go up or down in the short run are about 50-50. If you’re betting that the C Fund will rise in value…

Q. I tried to locate the letter or column that discussed how to manage F Funds in this low-interest environment. If I recall, you mentioned it was probably a good idea to keep somewhere between 30 percent to 70 percent of what one would normally keep in the F Fund in the G Fund in the current interest rate environment. I recall you mentioned something about 3 percent of something as being a point at which you would consider moving those funds back to the F Fund? Could you provide this information again?

Q. I have a separate Roth IRA with a fiduciary adviser, but my TSP consistently out performs my Roth. Is there any benefit to cashing out my Roth and starting to contribute to the TSP Roth account? I am 45 years old and have a total of $150,000 in my Roth account. I am currently maximizing my traditional TSP contributions.

Q. I will turn 50 on March 8. I wanted to ensure that I did the catch-up contributions, so when I called ABC center to confirm that I did everything right, the representative asked me if I saw a box in which I could contribute and a submit button. I replied: “Yes.” He said I could enter the info for the contribution that day (this was Dec, 21, 2016) and the contribution would be effective on Dec. 25, 2016. I explained to the gentleman that I didn’t turn 50 until the year 2017. He said the pay period included 2017. Will I…

Q. I have been investing for 10 years in the G Fund with minimal gains. I recently put 50 percent toward the S Fund and 50 percent toward the C Fund. Was that a smart move? I have to retire in 10 years (mandatory 57 years old).

Q. With interest rates likely to rise, driving the value of bond funds down, in the near term, doesn’t this impact the ability of the F Fund to ameliorate risk? Would you advise against new F Fund investments in these circumstances, or is there still a role for F Fund investments?

The election has demonstrated how difficult it can be to predict the effect of world events on the investment markets. If there was a consensus on the effect the outcome would have on the markets, it was that a Trump victory would be bad for stocks. While the stock market did drop significantly immediately following the news that Trump had won, by the end of the following day, it was in positive territory and continuing to climb. During the following weeks, several major stock market indices went on to reach new record highs. Ahead of the election, I did not…