Saturday Critical Action – Buy the Big Three

by | 31Mar2018 | Asset allocation, Critical Actions, Investing | 0 comments

Welcome to the Saturday Critical Action. Each Saturday we take the weekly action from Jonathan Clements‘ blog Humble Dollar and “militarize” it for you. Jonathan Clements is a longtime personal finance columnist for The Wall Street Journal, and he offers great advice at the best price you can get…free. Here is this week’s critical action:


BUY THE BIG THREE. The global market portfolio consists of four major sectors, roughly equal in size: U.S. stocks, U.S. bonds, foreign shares and foreign bonds. Arguably, foreign bonds are optional, offering modest yields but wild currency swings. The other three sectors, however, are crucial to a diversified portfolio. Do you have enough exposure to all three?


It’s a good thing that Mr. Clements considers foreign bonds optional, because as we learned in one of this week’s posts, they are not available in the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). The rest of them are, though. U.S. stocks can be purchased in the C and S funds. U.S. bonds in the G and F funds. The I fund will get your foreign stocks, albeit not in any emerging markets.

In other words, you can get “the big three” very easily in the TSP. If you missed it, you can read about it here.


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