Mutual Fund and ETF Equivalents to TSP Funds

The vast majority of my investments outside the Thrift Savings Plan are in index mutual funds or ETFs which I select based on the current phase of the business cycle. I almost exclusively use Vanguard funds and ETFs because of their very low costs and fees.

TSP C Fund:
- tracks the S&P 500 Index
- Mutual Fund: Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)
- ETF: Vanguard S&P 500 ETF (VOO)

TSP S Fund:
- tracks the Dow Jones U.S. Completion Total Stock Market Index which is a subset of the Dow Jones U.S. Total Stock Market Index that excludes components of the S&P 500. I substitute the Russell 2000 which is the most commonly used small cap index.
- Mutual Fund: Vanguard Small-Cap Index Fund (NAESX)
- ETF: Vanguard Small-Cap ETF (VB)

TSP I Fund:
- tracks the MSCI EAFE Index
- Mutual Fund: Vanguard Developed Markets Index (VDMIX)
- ETF: Vanguard MSCI EAFE Index (VEA)

TSP F Fund:
- tracks the Barclays Capital U.S. Aggregate Bond Index
- Mutual Fund: Vanguard Total Bond Market Index (VBMFX)
- ETF: Vanguard Total Bond Market Index ETF (BND)

TSP G Fund:
- invests in a very short-term U.S. Treasury security which is specially issued only to the TSP and provides interest rates similar to those of long-term Government securities, but without risk of loss of value and the ability to trade on a daily basis
- No equivalent investment available – the G Fund is a one-of-a-kind security issued only to federal employees through the TSP

 


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