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Thrift Savings Plan Ticker
  Close Change YTD
L Income 17.4880 -0.01 3.77%
L 2020 22.9484 -0.04 5.06%
L 2030 24.8588 -0.05 5.74%
L 2040 26.4308 -0.06 6.22%
L 2050 14.9856 -0.04 6.37%
G Fund 14.6361 0.00 2.31%
F Fund 17.0529 0.06 6.73%
C Fund 27.0968 -0.15 13.78%
S Fund 36.2170 -0.06 7.80%
I Fund 24.4429 -0.02 (5.27%)
Closing price updated at approx 6pm EST. each business day. More at tsp.gov.

TSP: Is it risky to play it safe?

The G-fund never has a bad day, which is the good news. The bad news, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey, is that the G-fund also never has a really good day.

Tuesday - 01/20/2015, 03:00am EST

Which TSP fund is the best option for you?

Financial planner Arthur Stein joins host Mike Causey to answer your questions about which TSP fund to invest in.
January 14, 2015

Wednesday - 01/14/2015, 06:57pm EST
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The January effect on your TSP account

You got questions about which TSP fund to invest in? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey may not have all the answers, but he knows someone who does.

Wednesday - 01/14/2015, 02:00am EST

Roth IRA conversions

NITP hosts Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan discuss the Voluntary Contribution Program and offer advice on transferring funds to a Roth IRA.
January 5, 2014

Monday - 01/05/2015, 08:21pm EST
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So, you wanna be a millionaire? Is 2015 the year of your Roth TSP?

While most people know that the Roth option exists, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says many don't understand exactly what it is or does.

Monday - 01/05/2015, 02:00am EST

Some TSP funds dip into the negative after November rebound

After a month of growth for all Thrift Savings Plan funds, December saw some federal retirement accounts dipping into the negative.

Friday - 01/02/2015, 03:51pm EST

Kim Weaver, director, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

President Obama signs a bill that changes how new Federal employees will save for retirement. Instead of having 3% of their pay go into the G Fund if they don't choose for themselves, the money will go into one of the TSP's lifecycle funds. Kim Weaver is director of external affairs at the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she said the TSP has been behind this idea for a long time.

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 02:43pm EST
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401(k) shakeup coming?

Federal and postal investors are entitled to feel a little bit smug as they follow what could be a landmark pension management case involving one of the nation's biggest firms. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says so can the people who set up and run the federal Thrift Savings Plan.

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 02:00am EST

Planning for several reasons

Federal benefits specialist Bob Braunstein discusses year-end planning and benefit opportunities in 2015.
December 15, 2014

Monday - 12/15/2014, 09:25pm EST
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Tim McManus, Partnership for Public Service

A bill to automatically enroll new federal employees in the Thrift Savings Plan's Lifecycle funds is ready for President Obama's signature. But first your agency needs to hire new people for that bill to make a difference. Tim McManus is Vice President for Education and Outreach at the Partnership for Public Service. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he predicted the federal hiring outlook for 2015.

Monday - 12/15/2014, 04:18pm EST
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Retirement savings: Auto-enrollment in the TSP's lifecycle funds begins next fall

Now that Congress has passed the Smart Savings Act, the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board is programming a new savings default option for those who join the federal government late next year.

Monday - 12/15/2014, 01:15pm EST
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Tammy Flanagan, National Institute of Transition Planning

The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board estimates nearly $10 billion will leave the Thrift Savings Plan this year. The Board will consider offering investment advice because they think some of the money is leaving at the advice of outside financial planners. Tammy Flanagan, senior benefits director for the National Institute of Transition Planning, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why some of those "free" investment planning seminars might have a hidden agenda.

Friday - 12/12/2014, 04:21pm EST
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Congress passes bill to auto-enroll new feds in TSP's Lifecycle Funds

Congress has passed a bill that will automatically enroll new federal employees in the Thrift Savings Plan's Lifecycle Funds (L Funds), rather than the Government Securities Investment Fund (G Fund).

Friday - 12/12/2014, 02:02pm EST

All TSP funds grow for November

Every Thrift Savings Plan domestic fund showed growth in November, including the troubled I Fund, which had been in the negative for months.

Monday - 12/01/2014, 10:34am EST

CBO deficit report advises smaller fed workforce

In a new report on reducing the federal deficit, the Congressional Budget Office suggests that cutting 70,000 government jobs over the next decade and changing the math used for civilian and military pensions could save $100 billion.

Wednesday - 11/26/2014, 11:24am EST

Kim Weaver, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

Some new choices may be coming to your Thrift Savings Plan account, but you won't see those choices for a while. First, the TSP board wants to know the best way to offer those choices. Kim Weaver is director of external affairs at the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. On In Depth with Francis Rose, she explained what may become part of your TSP account.

Tuesday - 11/18/2014, 04:15pm EST
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Can new investment options keep people in the TSP?

In a bid to keep more people participating in the Thrift Savings Plan even after they leave the government, members of the plan's oversight board have approved a million-dollar-plus study of new investment options, including mutual funds that focus on real estate, emerging markets and socially responsible companies.

Monday - 11/17/2014, 02:55pm EST

Art Stein, Certified Financial Planner

Cold temperatures have arrived and with them, the season to think about holiday plans. But you should also start thinking about your investment strategies for 2015 and beyond. Art Stein is a certified financial planner and investment manager. He has long experience with federal employees and their particular concerns. Stein joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with some advice for dealing with the Thrift Savings Plan and other matters.

Thursday - 11/13/2014, 07:03pm EST
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Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

Turbo-charged customer service and some more customized services may be available to Thrift Savings Plan investors in the future. Greg Long, the executive director of the TSP, says the TSP may provide these services -- since they see participants taking all their money out of their accounts when they retire. Federal News Radio Reporter Emily Kopp tells In Depth with Francis Rose what Greg Long is most worried about.

Thursday - 11/06/2014, 04:50pm EST
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Young and old feds alike struggle with financial choices

Young feds are too passive; older feds too hasty with their retirement savings, according to Greg Long, executive director of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. He spoke at a meeting Wednesday of the Financial Literacy and Education Commission.

Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 02:59pm EST
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