Watching your money - the TSP way!

Monday - 3/24/2014, 6:45pm EDT

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March 24, 2014 -- This week on For Your Benefit, Certified Financial Planner John Jilek joins hosts Bob Leins and John Elliott to discuss the Thrift Savings Plan and how to invest wisely.

Jilek, a financial advisor for Edward Jones, will discuss how the funds are invested, the source of their investments and what options available for you.

There are five investment funds, with different investment profiles. They are:

  • G Fund: comprised of US Government Securities
  • F Fund: comprised of US Government Bonds and Private sector Bonds
  • C Fund: Common Stock Index Investment Fund
  • S Fund: Small Cap Stock Index Investment Fund
  • I Fund: International Stock Index Investment Fund.

Listen to the frank discussion of the Lifecycle funds and determine if this is an option.

The L Funds, or "Lifecycle" funds, use professionally determined investment mixes that are tailored to meet investment objectives based on various time horizons. The objective is to strike an optimal balance between the expected risk and return associated with each fund.

The L Funds' strategy is to invest in an appropriate mix of the G, F, C, S, and I Funds for a particular time horizon, or target retirement date. The investment mix of each L Fund becomes more conservative as its target date approaches.

Each of the L Funds has a target asset allocation. In other words, each is made up of the combination of the five individual TSP funds (G, F, C, S, and I) that maintains an optimal balance of investment risks and rewards for a particular time horizon.

Each quarter, the L Funds' target asset allocations change, moving towards a less risky mix of investments as the target date approaches. So if you are invested in one of the L Funds, you will notice that as you get closer to your target date, your allocation to the riskier TSP funds will get smaller while your allocation to the more conservative G Fund gets larger.