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The long game: No doubt you know the importance of investing in the Thrift Savings Plan, your 401(k)-style retirement savings program, but what exactly are you investing in and how?

Depending on how you look at it, the TSP has either the advantage or disadvantage of having a limited number of funds available:

The five core TSP funds are linked to common stocks as measured by the big company S&P 500 (C fund); small and mid-size company Wilshire 4500 (S fund); international stock markets as measured by the EAFE index (I fund); government and corporate bonds as measured by the Barclays Capital U.S. Aggregate Bond Index (F fund); and government securities with an average maturity in the 14-year range (G fund). The L (lifecycle) funds are “funds of funds” – with options adjusted for risk and retirement date.

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