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TSP funds post across-the-board improvements for 2017

The Thrift Savings Plan saw across-the-board improvements in its year-end performance for 2017, compared to last year’s numbers. And in a dramatic turn of events, one of 2016’s lowest-performing funds posted the highest return of 2017.

The international stocks I fund posted the highest return of 2017 at 25.42 percent, after posting a 1.6 percent return in December, which is up from 1.06 percent in November. While the I fund is one of the most volatile funds the TSP offers, its year-end numbers are a significant improvement over its 2016 return of 2.10 percent.

Meanwhile, the C fund, which is based on stocks from the S&P index, reported the second-highest return on the year at 21.82 percent, nearly double the return it had in 2016. Meanwhile, it had a 1.11 percent return for December, down from 3.07 percent in November.

The TSP’s lifecycle funds posted strong year-end numbers, particularly the L 2050 fund, which wrapped up the year as the third-highest performer for 2017 at 18.81 percent. All of the lifecycle funds posted lower monthly returns compared to November’s numbers.

The small-cap stocks S fund posted a 21.82 percent return for the year, and posted a 0.47 percent monthly return, down from the 2.90 percent it posted in November.

The fixed-income index investment F fund went back into the black in December, at 0.48 percent, after it reported a negative return in November. It ended 2017 with a 3.82 percent return.

The G fund, a low-risk-low-reward Treasury securities option, posted the lowest year-end return at 2.33 percent. It showed a slight improvement in December at 0.20 percent, up from the 0.19 percent it reported in November.

Thrift Savings Plan — December 2017 Returns
Fund December Last 12 Months
G fund 0.20% 2.33%
F fund 0.48% 3.82%
C fund 1.11% 21.82%
S fund 0.47% 18.22%
I fund 1.60% 25.42%
L Income 0.41% 6.19%
L 2020 0.57% 9.86%
L 2030 0.81% 14.54%
L 2040 0.92% 16.77%
L 2050 1.00% 18.81%

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THRIFT SAVINGS PLAN TICKER

Jan 26, 2022 Close Change YTD*
L Income 23.0168 -0.0134 5.42%
L 2025 11.8022 -0.0108 9.75%
L 2030 41.3726 -0.0498 12.37%
L 2035 12.3943 -0.0168 13.43%
L 2040 46.7901 -0.0689 14.51%
L 2045 12.7868 -0.0207 15.40%
L 2050 27.9553 -0.0478 16.34%
L 2055 13.6742 -0.0223 19.90%
L 2060 13.6739 -0.0223 19.90%
L 2065 13.6738 -0.0224 19.90%
G Fund 16.7553 0.0007 1.38%
F Fund 20.3896 -0.1034 -1.46%
C Fund 65.7080 -0.0983 28.68%
S Fund 71.8438 -0.9062 12.45%
I Fund 37.4654 0.1007 11.45%
Closing price updated at approx 6pm ET each business day. More at tsp.gov
* YTD data is updated on the last day of the month.