When your beneficiary participant account is first established, the entire balance of your account is invested in the Government Securities (G) Fund, a stable investment that has no risk of loss. It is no longer invested according to any previously selected investment allocation. Your money will remain in the G Fund until you make an “interfund transfer.”
The TSP offers you two approaches to investing your money:
The L Funds — These are “lifecycle” funds that are invested according to a professionally designed mix of stocks, bonds, and Government securities. You select your L Fund based on your “time horizon,” the future date at which you plan to start withdrawing your money. Depending on your plans, this may be right away or some time in the future.
Individual Funds — You can make your own decisions about your investment mix by choosing from any or all of the individual TSP investment funds (G, F, C, S, and I Funds).
These investment options are designed so you can choose either the L Fund that is appropriate for your time horizon, or a combination of individual TSP funds that will support your personal investment strategy. However, you may invest in any fund or combination of funds. Note: Because the L Funds are already made up of the five individual funds, you will duplicate your investments if you invest simultaneously in an L Fund and the individual TSP funds.