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TommyIV's TSP Talk Blog

Check out this blog for the TSP Talk Weekly Wrap Ups and the Sentiment Survey results.

The Weekly Wraps should be posted on Saturdays, and the Sentiment Survey results get posted by Monday morning.

  1. Some Perspectives on the F-fund

    It has been no secret bonds have been a poor investment this year. The F-fund is down 2.28% in 2018 as of February 27th making it the only TSP fund with a negative return. The underperformance of the F-fund stands out when compared to the outperforming C-fund which is up 2.95% in 2018. With the recent correction in the major stock indices, there has been an increase of uncertainty in the stock market despite the fact that those indices seem to be on course to erase those correction losses in record ...

    Updated 02-27-2018 at 10:19 PM by TommyIV

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  2. TSP Talk Weekly Wrap Up

    Stocks were able to rally into Friday's close to produce gains for the week after a three day pattern of falling off intraday highs after early gains. This put the S&P 500 up 4.9% for the last two weeks, its largest two week gain since February of 2015.

    Wednesday's intraday sell-off was credited to traders' reaction to the Fed minutes where the plans for multiple rate hikes this year seem to still be on track. Stocks have become more sensitive to such news since the correction a couple ...
  3. TSP Talk Weekly Wrap Up

    Stocks rallied this week recovering some gains lost in recent sell-off. The major indices traded less volatile than the last two weeks though volatility was still greater than where it was prior to the sell-off. The action was similar to the weeks prior to the sell-off as if investors quickly got their confidence back in this market. Traders took the 10% correction and the successful support of long-term trend lines as an opportunity to buy.

    Consumer reports this week provided evidence ...

    Updated 02-18-2018 at 12:06 PM by TommyIV

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  4. TSP Talk Weekly Wrap Up

    Stocks officially corrected 10% off the January highs this week. The change in market character over the past two weeks has shocked investors who struggled to navigate the new magnitude in volatility that has been absent in the market for more than a year. The increase in volatility was met with a sell-off that has wiped out the gains of the fruitful month of January where we saw an increase in upward momentum from the last months of 2017.

    The exact cause of the correction is debatable ...
  5. TSP Talk Weekly Wrap Up

    Stocks produced some rather significant losses this week compared to the status quo of endless gains. This was the first negative week for some major indices, such as the S&P 500, in 11 weeks. Why was this week different? Outspoken concerns of the recent acceleration in the increase in bond yields may have put some selling pressure on overbought stocks whose investors may be sensing some trouble and want to lock in some of the early gains of the fruitful new year. Also, the FOMC policy statement ...
S&P 500 (C Fund)
S&P 500 INDEX,RTH (^GSPC)
DWCPF (S Fund)
Dow Jones U.S. Completion Total Stock Market Index (^DWCPF)
EFA (I Fund)
iShares MSCI EAFE Index (EFA)
AGG (F Fund)
iShares Lehman Aggregate Bond (AGG)
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