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Ever wondered what Blackrock actually does behind the scenes to drive the 5 funds? You won't find a satisfying answer on tsp.gov and BlackRock Institutional Trust Company won't make it easy. (The latter is responsible for maintaining the TSP funds for the unaware)

The S Fund is dubbed the Small Cap Fund. But what does it actually seek to match? Answer: Dow Jones U.S. Completion Total Stock Market Index aka "DWCPF". What the heck is that? It's not listed on CNBC or MSNBC? Is it the Dow? Nope, that would be the DJIA.

The DWCPF tracks all the other US stocks that exclude the S&P500.

That's big because you should never confuse the C and S funds. Both seek to match a fund but both do not hold the same companies. Therefore, if you invest in the C & S you are represented with a broad swath of US Stocks.

So why is the S fund called small caps? It's a layman approach not to confuse novice retail investors. The DWCPF does contain a lot of small caps. Throw in Mid Caps, Micro Caps and other cap-tastic terms. The important thing to note is the exclusion of companies found in the S&P500.

So if you are bullish on the US Stock Market and want representation by US stocks not found in the S&P500, S Fund is your choice.


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S&P 500 (C Fund)
S&P 500 INDEX,RTH (^GSPC)

DWCPF (S Fund)
Dow Jones U.S. Completion Total Stock Market Index (^DWCPF)

EFA (I Fund)
iShares MSCI EAFE Index (EFA)