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The companion book, TSP Investing Strategies: Building Wealth While Working for Uncle Sam, lays out a simple set of strategies for long-term, buy-and-hold investors to consider while investing in the TSP. This Web site and accompanying blog will build on those concepts, while focusing on new investing options and developments related to the TSP.

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Monthly Archives: September 2013



Blackrock Selected as I Fund Manager

Blackrock will continue to manage the I Fund, the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board announced on September 16th. I suppose the only surprise is that the announcement came so soon.  As noted in early August, TSP administrators expected to make a decision by the end of the year.  This must mean there were very few – if any – fund management companies that submitted a proposal to manage the I Fund besides Blackrock.




The TSP and Facebook: An Update

Perhaps this article should be titled a “non-update,” since nothing has really happened with Facebook in the S Fund.  Really the story is how Standard and Poor’s – the company that determines the composition of the S&P 500 (on which the C Fund is based) – has avoided adding Facebook to the S&P 500. This past week, Standard and Poor’s added Vertex Pharmaceuticals and Ametek to the S&P 500, which are biotechnology and electrical components companies respectively.  Not quite the … more

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Sequestration

A funny thing has taken place since February this year. As sequestration – and associated furloughs – became reality in the spring, the total number of TSP participants dropped by 5,000 participants through May.  And the number of participants remained stagnant again through June. At the end of December last year, there were just over 4.614 million participants.  That rose to 4,619,546 TSP participants at the end of February.  The number of participants then dropped to 4,614,553 in May, and … more

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