TSP funds continue downward spiral in December

Despite an across-the-board positive increase at the end of October, all but one of the Thrift Savings Plan funds posted lower numbers in December, marking two consecutive months of losses for the TSP.

The low-risk, “never has a bad day” G fund showed the only improvement this month, with 0.18 percent in December compared to 0.17 percent in November. The G fund invests in U.S. government bonds, and has the least volatility of all the...

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Despite an across-the-board positive increase at the end of October, all but one of the Thrift Savings Plan funds posted lower numbers in December, marking two consecutive months of losses for the TSP.

The low-risk, “never has a bad day” G fund showed the only improvement this month, with 0.18 percent in December compared to 0.17 percent in November. The G fund invests in U.S. government bonds, and has the least volatility of all the retirement funds.

The S fund, which invests in small cap stocks, took the biggest hit, going from  1.75 percent in November to -3.91 percent in December. The S fund also stands out as the worst performer in the last 12 months at -2.92 percent.

The international stocks I fund and the F fund, a fixed income index investment fund, remained in the negative this month and reported lower numbers as well.

The F fund dipped from -0.24 percent in November to -0.30 in December, while the I fund dropped more significantly from -0.86 percent to -2.03 percent.

Thrift Savings Plan – December 2015 Returns
Fund December Year-to-Date Last 12 Months
G Fund 0.18% 2.04% 2.04%
F Fund -0.30% 0.91% 0.91%
C Fund -1.57% 1.46% 1.46%
S Fund -3.91% -2.92% -2.92%
I Fund -2.03% -0.51% -0.51%
L Income -0.28% 1.85% 1.85%
L 2020 -0.92% 1.35% 1.35%
L 2030 -1.32% 1.04% 1.04%
L 2040 -1.61% 0.73% 0.73%
L 2050 -1.85% 0.45% 0.45%

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