Which TSP Funds Had the Largest Losses in October?

Stock funds went down in October. See which funds were the biggest losers for the month.

What the Market Gives, It Can Take Away

What the stock market gives, it can take away and it can happen quickly. October 2018 is a good example.

For October, the S&P 500 index lost 6.9%. This was its biggest monthly decline since September 2011. The C fund lost 6.84%. The last time the C fund lost at least 6.84% was in September 2011 when this fund went down 7.03%.

The Dow Jones Industrial Index went down 5.1% in October. This was its biggest monthly percentage fall since January 2016.

TSP Results for October

The more aggressive Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) stock funds lost the most ground in October. The S fund went down 10.06%. The I fund lost 7.94%.

So far in 2018, the S fund is now down 0.30% and the I fund is down 8.92%. The C fund is still showing a positive return for the year with a gain of 2.98%.

For the last 12 months, the C fund is still ahead. It is up 7.32% for the past 12 months. The S fund comes in second with a return of 3.07% for the past 12 months.

The most popular fund, the G fund, is up 2.38% for the year and 2.79% for the past 12 months.

TSP Returns for October, YTD and Past 12 Months

For more historical information about the annual rate of return for each fund, visit TSPDataCenter.com. The rate of return for each fund by month for each year is also available at TSPDataCenter.com.

G Fund F Fund C Fund S Fund I Fund
Month 0.26% -0.78% -6.84% -10.06% -7.94%
YTD 2.38% -2.26% 2.98% -0.30% -8.92%
12 Month 2.79% -1.90% 7.32% 3.07% -6.48%


L Income L 2020 L 2030 L 2040 L 2050
Month -1.40% -2.24% -4.60% -5.54% -6.35%
YTD 1.52% 1.21% 0.12% -0.35% -0.74%
12 Month 2.58% 2.79% 2.51% 2.37% 2.29%


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