The first returns of 2021, released by the TSP on Monday, showed all funds' performance either stagnated or declined since December.
In a decidedly 2020 fashion, Thrift Savings Plan returns dropped in December as sharp as they jumped a month earlier.
Returns released Tuesday showed monthly improvements reminiscent of this spring, with every fund ending in the black and several making double-digit growth.
The international stock index I Fund and the fixed income investment F fund went down from the previous month, while all other stock and Lifecycle funds increased or, in the case of the securities-backed G fund, stayed flat from September.
The Treasury securities-backed G fund and the fixed income investment F fund may have had slight improvements, but September was a period of overall decline for the Thrift Savings Plan.
Most of the Thrift Savings Plan funds posted modest returns in August, though the fixed income investment F fund slipped into the red.
Tuesday marked the end of the L 2020 Lifecycle fund and the launch of six new Lifecycle funds.
The last few months of volatile activity resulted in huge numbers of withdrawals and inter-fund transfers, and so May appeared to reflect a calming among investors.
2020 has not been a good year for TSP returns thus far, as February continues the downward trend begun last month.
Starting the new year at a low point, nearly all Thrift Savings Plan funds were down in January compared to December.
Many people decided to ride out the Great Recession so they could miss the downside and return to the TSP's C, S and I stock funds when things got better. Eleven years later, some still haven’t returned.
The Thrift Savings Plan closed out a volatile 2019 with modest increases in Lifecycle fund performances and a more mixed bag among its stock funds.
Although November growth was small for Thrift Savings Plan's stock and Lifecycle funds, there was at least one standout.
Most of the Thrift Savings Plan funds showed some small gains in September, with the F fund as the only loser.