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The TSP Allocation Model (TSP) is our premier Investment Model for Thrift Savings Plan investors. It’s designed to provide a complete portfolio management solution for people investing through their TSP accounts.
The TSP Model dynamically switches between the G, F, C, S and I funds to achieve outstanding returns while exposing you to significantly less risk than a traditional investment approach. Learn More
Any federal government employee who has or is eligible for a TSP account will benefit from following the TSP Allocation Model. The TSP Model will help you keep your investments in sync with changing market conditions.
The TSP Model is a complete portfolio management solution, designed to manage your entire TSP account. If you’re new to Model Investing, consider using it for only a portion of your account to get started. As you become more confident in the TSP Model’s performance, you can begin using it to manage your entire account.
You can view the TSP Model’s historical back-tested performance here. Pay special attention to the table of risk metrics, it’s important to understand that the TSP Model’s outperformance does not come as a result of taking on more risk. In fact, the TSP Model exposes your money to significantly less risk than traditional investment approaches.
The TSP Model uses a completely different approach to investing than traditional portfolio management. Instead of splitting your money between stocks and bonds and staying invested regardless of market conditions, the TSP Model tracks the performance of each of the TSP funds and allocates the portfolio accordingly, transitioning between funds as they take turns leading the way higher. Learn More
You can see the latest TSP Model recommendations here. Access requires a premium subscription.
Using the TSP Model is simple. Each month you will receive an alert when the TSP Model recommendations have been updated. Simply login to your TSP account and make the appropriate changes to your investment allocations. Learn More
Yes. People are living longer these days and it’s important that your money continues to work for you during retirement. Because the TSP Model has been able to generate higher returns than both stocks and bonds, and also avoid major losses during market crashes, we feel comfortable recommending it to investors of all ages. For more information on how to de-risk your portfolio during retirement, please see this article.
In our experience, no. The Thrift Savings Plan will allow you to change your allocations free of charge.
The TSP Model is able to recognize developing periods of stock market weakness and will move the portfolio into the F and G Funds during the early stages of a crash. This limits losses and is one of the primary benefits of the TSP Model. When the stock market begins to recover the TSP Model will move back into the C, S, and I Funds.
No. The TSP Model does not use the L Funds. Model Investing recommends that all investors avoid using target date funds due to their inherent problems.
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