Can I invest in similar types of funds outside the TSP?

The C, F, S and I Funds track broad indexes and similar funds are available on the open market. Mutual fund companies also offer target date funds similar to the L Funds, but the makeup of those funds differ. The government securities G Fund consists of securities the Treasury specially issues for that fund and is not available elsewhere (a form of IRA called the “myRA” duplicates that formula but federal employees who are eligible for the TSP do not qualify for those accounts).

Note that in general, mutual funds charge administrative fees much higher than what investors pay in the TSP.

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