Long-term tips for your Thrift Savings Plan

Monday - 11/29/2010, 4:11pm EST

Tom Trabucco, Director of External Affairs, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

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Last week The New York Times reported the story of former bond salesman Gordon Murray. While battling a brain tumor, Murray realized there was a better way of investing long-term and co-wrote the book The Investment Answer.

Murray "realized that the best way to do it is to invest in index funds, diversify and invest for the long haul," said Tom Trabucco, director of external affairs at the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, in an interview with the DorobekINSIDER.

In other words, Murray promotes the kind of "passive" investment that is the Thrift Savings Plan, Trabucco said.

When markets shift dramatically, people have the urge to take out their money. However, people "must fight this urge," Trabucco said.

He added that the best thing to do for your investment is to "contribute periodically, regardless where the market is."

People who want to invest in a less risky fund can at anytime transfer to the G Fund, Trabucco said.

"You can always seek safety as many times as you want if you want to move small amounts, but you are restricted to two interfund transfers into the risky funds each month," Trabucco said. "That should be plenty. Compared to other plans, it's actually quite generous."