Browsing: I Fund

Risk efficiency

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Q. I saw you use the term risk efficiency in a recent response, and it made me curious. I have a nice little amount in the Thrift Savings Plan now. I don’t think I will be needing it in the future, except to hand down to future heirs, and so have tried to maintain a 70 percent stocks (35 percent C, 15 percent S and 20 percent I), 15 percent F, 15 percent G ratio. I read in a financial magazine (sometime around 2009) that a 70/30 ratio of stocks to bonds and/or cash reduced the risk considerably over a…

G Fund

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Q. In your recent column “4 keys to TSP success,” you mentioned, regarding asset allocation, to “diversify your holdings among cash, stocks and bonds to hedge the risk lower.” I agree with this approach wholeheartedly, but ask where in the TSP to keep “cash”? There is no money market option, just the L funds (which I don’t use, preferring to personally allocate my investments), and the G, F, C, S and I funds. By the way, I took everything out of the G Fund and ceased all future allocations to it when there was a proposal by our leaders last…

TSP withdrawals and investments

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Q. I am a civilian FERS employee who will retire this summer at age 59 with 35 years of civil service.  After retiring, I intend to start monthly withdrawals from my Thrift Savings Plan account ($2,000 per month). Even though I will have begun making monthly withdrawals from my TSP account, can the remainder of my money in the TSP continue to be invested in the various funds (G, C, F, S, I) and continue to grow via earnings within these funds? A. Yes.

TSP allocation

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Q. I have reverted back to a more conservative Thrift Savings Plan allocation: 67 percent G Fund/33 percent C Fund. I put in the maximum, including the maximum catch-up and, with match, it’s nearly $30,000 per year. My balance at 60 when I retire in five years should be between $500,000 and $600,000 depending on the return.  I am estimating a 4 percent return. I am wondering about keeping this asset allocation and taking monthly payments starting near 4 percent or slightly higher at age 60. Is a distribution with 70/30 as indicated above a bad idea? I like the conservative allocation and…

TSP allocation

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Q. I’m 32 years old, have been contributing to the Thrift Savings Plan since 2005. I have 40 percent in my C Fund, 30 percent in S and 30 percent in I. Is this a good contribution allocation? I want to be as aggressive as possible, but I am also looking at moving most of my gains to the G Fund due to the fact the market may be headed in the same direction as 2009. If I want to protect my gains with the means of buying back at a lower price, what would be your recommendation be on…

Focus on the future, not the past

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Here are the five basic Thrift Savings Plan funds in order from the highest to the lowest rate of return for the month of October: C Fund (4.60%), I Fund (3.38%), S Fund (2.94%), F Fund (0.89%), G Fund (0.19%). And here are the year-to-date results: S Fund (31.13%), C Fund (25.34%), I Fund (19.43%), G Fund (1.52%), F Fund (-0.78%). Interesting? Maybe to some. Useful? I don’t know how. As an investment manager — or TSP participant, as you are more commonly known — you are responsible for making, or delegating the making of, a massive series of decisions.…

TSP fund transfer

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Q. I am 65 years old and retired from government service in March. I have about $ 400,000 in my Thrift Savings Plan account, with over $150,000 in G Fund. (For the record, I also hold about $70,000 in the F Fund, $90,000 in the C Fund, $50,000 in the S Fund and $40,000 in the I Fund.) I am considering transferring $40,000 from the G Fund to L2020 to make my TSP portfolio a bit less conservative and also as a reflection of long-term price expectations on the bond market. Do you consider this a wise move?  If so,…

G, F and I funds and debt ceiling struggle

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Q. What would happen to the Thrift Savings Plan investments, specifically the G, F and I funds, if the government can’t raise the nation’s debt ceiling before the Oct. 17 deadline for default? Are we looking at another financial meltdown like we had in 2008? A. The G Fund will hold its value. The other funds are vulnerable to loss in value. So far, however, the stock markets aren’t predicting disaster. They’re in good shape as of today – still near their multiyear highs. You should accept that predicting future market behavior is a risky thing to do. If your financial…

TSP allocation

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Q. I’ve been in the government for four years (retired Army) and have invested in the Thrift Savings Plan since 2009. I plan to retire from the government in 2020 with 11 years of service (I’ll be 58). My TSP portfolio is diversified but certainly heavy in the C and S funds. To avoid the losses all experienced several years ago, what are the recommended allocation moves, within funds, that one should take during what appears to be a stock market selloff that has started in August? A. Unless you plan to withdraw and spend all of your money within the next few…

'Locking in losses,' Part II

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Q. I had the same concerns as the person who you answered Aug. 8. He is trying to follow a bucket strategy and not sell off equities in a down market. I think there is a way to do this in the Thrift Savings Plan, but it is more complicated than I like. Suppose you have $400,000 invested equally in G, C, S and I. Assume your required minimum distribution is $12,000 or $1,000/month and it is paid on the first of each month. On the last day of the month, before 1200 Eastern time, transfer $300,000 to the G Fund. Money transfers…

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