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 Post Posted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 11:02 am 
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I know some of you follow the seasonal strategy and I wanted to pass along the seasonal strategy that I came across and have tried the past year. It has worked out well for me and when I checked my rate of return around March 5, 2013 it showed a 12 month return of 13.63%. It follows closely to the other seasonal strategies but takes advantage of utilizing up to 2 trades per month. The only time I did not follow it was this month, as of March 7, when I was suppose to interfund transfer to S. I instead put it into the G fund due to what I believe to be an upcoming market correction. I plan on riding it out in G until May 9 when it will go into the F Fund.
I just wanted to pass along what I have been using and got a decent rate of return. When I compare it to one of the other seasonal strategies it showed a gain of 1.78% for 2012 and with the below strategy I had a 13.08% gain. I am not an advisor, just passing along what I have tried and how it worked out for me.
January 3 - F Fund---------January 23 - S Fund
February 12 - F Fund
March 7 - S Fund
April 26 - G Fund
May 9 - F Fund-------------May 24 - S Fund
June 1 - G Fund------------June 10 - I Fund
July 3 - C Fund-------------July 25 - F Fund
August 19 - S Fund
September 18 - G Fund
October 26 - I Fund
November 8 - F Fund-------November 20 - S Fund
December 3 - C Fund-------December 23 - I Fund
I did not confirm this because I am not a guru with charts, and the TSP Seasonal Calculator doesnt allow you to do this (maybe TSPKing can help me out :D ) but it indicated the following yearly rates of returns when utilizing it - 2011 - 45%, 2010 - 49%, 2009 - 85%, 2008 - 55%, 2007 - 30%, 2006 - 27%, 2005 - 13%. So you can see why I wanted to give it a try.
Anyways just sharing and good luck!!


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