Rising stock prices pushed the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) to a 7.2% gain in June. This is the best monthly return for June since 1938. Although, compared to June 1938 when the index gained 24.3%, the 7.2% looks small by comparison.
The S&P 500 is up 17% so far in 2019. This is the best first-half performance since 1997. That extended a bull market for stocks that has lasted more than a decade. The rising market also erased losses that occurred at the end of last year.
18.53% Return for C Fund in 2019
So, after a disappointing month in stocks in May, the stock market came roaring back in June. For the month and for the past 12 months, the C Fund was the highest performing fund. It returned 7.04% in June and is up 10.40% over the past twelve months. So far in 2019, it has brought investors a return of 18.53%—the second highest rate of return among the TSP funds for this time period.
The TSP fund with the best return in 2019 is the S Fund which has brought investors a return of 19.48% so far this year. The fund with the lowest return in 2019 is the G Fund with a year-to-date return of 1.28%
Here is how all of the TSP funds performed last month.
Monthly and 12-Month TSP Returns
|G Fund||F Fund||C Fund||S Fund||I Fund|
|L Income||L 2020||L 2030||L 2040||L 2050|
Investor Actions and Reactions
Last month, stocks were down in all of the underlying TSP stock funds. The C Fund was down 6.36%, the S Fund was down 6.99% and the I Fund went down 4.69%.
Perhaps it is a coincidence or perhaps a reaction to the bad news for the month. But, for whatever reason,
On the other end of the trades, investors added $3.1 billion to the G Fund and transferred $652 million onto the F Fund. As can be seen from the table above, investors who were reacting to the downturn in May may have locked in their losses and stocks rebounded again in June.
TSP Participation Rates Go Up
The participation rate for those under the FERS system is now about 91% for the first time. Active duty members of the Uniformed Services is now over 62%.
How TSP Investors Allocate Their Money
The best performing funds over the past year do not necessarily have the highest investment rates. In fact, the G Fund, often perceived as the safest fund in the TSP line-up, has the lowest rate of return (2.82%) and the highest percentage of investments (33.2%). The C Fund has the second highest rate of return over the past 12 months and it has 27.9% of TSP investor assets.
The F Fund has the third highest rate of return for the past 12 months (7.96%) and has 3.8% of investor assets.
Here is how TSP investors invest their TSP money: