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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. TSP Talk Weekly Wrap Up

    Stocks rallied to start the week coming off the indices closing at their lows the prior week. The action was choppy from there as a majority of the initial gains were lost Tuesday, Wednesday was choppy, and then some of the early gains were reclaimed to end the shortened week on Thursday. In all, stock indices ended the first quarter with some cushion after the troubling action last week. That cushion pushed the S-fund into positive territory for the first quarter while the C and I-funds remained ...
  2. TSP Talk Weekly Wrap Up

    Technical support failed stocks this week as pressure from rising interest rates, global trade disputes, and troubles in the tech sectors kept cash in trader's pockets for the week. Large cap indices fell short of 6% for the week but volume was noticeably lower than the sell off in early February so it wasn't so much investors were selling but they were not buying.

    There is a lot of uncertainty in the global markets as tariff talks continue to be a dynamic subject that doesn't seem ...
  3. TSP Talk Weekly Wrap Up

    Traders took some profits this week following the rally sparked by the celebrated jobs report last Friday. The S&P 500 closed down the first four days of the week; a rare streak of late for the index. Pressure was added to stocks Tuesday as the Commerce Department signaled minimal product tariff exclusions to promote more production in the U.S. This troubled investors as it followed a less aggressive stance on tariffs from the White House days before. Stock markets do not like mixed signals. ...
  4. TSP Talk Weekly Wrap Up

    Stocks progressed closer to the January highs this week. Investor's nerves over the steel and aluminum tariffs settled as U.S. allies were given exemptions eliminating worries of a trade war. A better than expected jobs report sparked a rally Friday putting the S&P 500 at its highs for the week at the close. The 313,000 jobs added in February marked the greatest gain in jobs since July of 2016. This was coupled with a slowed rate of wage growth to 2.6% from 2.9% in January. The numbers suggest economic ...
  5. TSP Talk Weekly Wrap Up

    Stocks peaked on Tuesday morning this past week, then sold-off for three days to push all the TSP stock funds down 1% to near 3%. Investors starting selling during the new Fed Chairmen Jerome Powell's testimony to congress Tuesday due to his positive outlook on economic growth and his not so dovish comments on the potential of as many as four interest rate hikes by the Fed this year. It is not the Fed's job to keep the stock market up but Mr. Powell did make comments about previous Fed moves that ...
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)
Source: https://finance.google.com/finance