TSP Funds Fall in August

By on September 3, 2013 in Current Events with 4 Comments

August turned out to be a brutal month for the stock market. The returns for the year-to-date are still very favorable. TSP investors who may have decided to cash in their G fund stocks in hopes of catching another positive month in the stock funds were probably disappointed, at least in the short term, as the only fund with at least a small positive return was the G fund.

Here are the results of all of the TSP funds for last month and the year-to-date and 12 month returns:

G Fund F Fund C Fund S Fund I Fund
Month 0.18% -0.48% -2.89% -2.76% -1.31%
YTD 1.12% -2.62% 16.18% 20.30% 7.56%
12 Month 1.58% -2.25% 18.69% 26.89% 18.96%
L Income L 2020 L 2030 L 2040 L 2050
Month -0.39% -1.22% -1.60% -1.87% -2.11%
YTD 3.52% 7.79% 9.68% 11.08% 12.37%
12 Month 4.90% 11.09% 13.75% 15.75% 17.72%

39% of TSP investments are in the G fund. These TSP investors who have most or a good portion of of their money in the G fund, however, may want to withhold bragging to your colleagues though. As you can see from the chart, the G fund has a year-to-date return of 1.12%—far behind the 16.18% for the C fund and 20.30% for the S fund.

The L Income fund, another conservative fund but with some exposure to the stock market, is also ahead of the G fund for the year with a return of 3.52% compared to the 1.12% for the G fund.

You can check out all of the monthly returns at TSPDataCenter.com as well as the annual returns for all of the TSP funds.

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