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What if your favorite eating establishment’s menu grew from 15 to over 5,000 new options? Could you deal with it? Do you think it’s a good idea, or do you think it’s a bad idea? Maybe you’ll choke on your options.
Prepare to be surprised.
Starting later in the year, the federal Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) will dramatically boost the number of investment options available to active and retired government and military personnel. TSP participants might have up to 5,000 new investment alternatives by the end of the year.
So, what comes next?
The TSP is the governmentâ€™s version of a 401(k) plan. It is currently valued at $770 billion. It is one of the world’s largest investment vehicles that private companies and organizations have sought a piece of since Congress established it.
The TSP is the crown jewel of investment alternatives, with a 5% match for most investors and strict control. Members of Congress, ambassadors, and the Supreme Court are all covered by the TSP, encompassing everyone from SEC lawyers to park rangers and even astronauts.
TSP has only five funds at the moment. They include three stock index funds, a bond and treasury securities fund, and ten Life Cycle funds that automatically adjust to your needs.
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) funds will be included in the new investment possibilities. This will gratify investors who have been clamoring for greater ESG for decades. Investors will transfer up to 25% of their TSP balance to one (or more) of the newly approved funds. They’ll also have to pay more administrative costs than those who adhere to the five essential funds.
At the end of the day, the main question is whether you should invest some (or all) of your retirement savings in new options with higher growth potential.
Alternatively, you may get into the tank! According to some estimates, the TSP will provide a third to half of the income that more federal or military investors will get in retirement, assuming they invest wisely and effectively.
The new alternatives will be a boon to federal employees. They have been trying to time the market by forecasting high and low moments and then investing accordingly, especially if they know to buy low and sell at a higher price, which is more difficult in practice than it appears in principle.
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