TSP Funds: Descriptions and Intraday Quotes
TSPkey.com’s allocations use one or more of the five primary Thrift Savings Plan funds: the G, F, C, S and I Funds. We don’t use the Lifecycle funds, as they’re simply diversified versions of the primary funds. If you’re new to the TSP, or would like a brief refresher on the funds, please see these official descriptions from the official TSP website
The C, S and I Funds are based on different stock indices. The C Fund tracks the S&P 500, the S Fund tracks the Wilshire 4500 small/midcap index and the I Fund follows the EAFE (Europe, Australia, Far East) index.
The F Fund is based on the Lehman Brothers U.S. Aggregate (LBA) bond index. The G Fund invests solely in short-term U.S. Treasury bonds. Like a money market account, the G Fund is considered a “risk-free” investment because it never has a negative return. This safety comes with a price, however. Historically, the G Fund has the lowest return of the five TSP funds.
The TSP fund prices aren’t updated until after the market’s close each day. However, you can track indices and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that mirror the TSP Funds on an intraday basis. SEE PERFORMACE