While October returns were not so desirable, November stats revealed slight upturns in most funds within the Thrift Savings Plan.The common stock index C fund made the largest comeback at just over 2 percent — up from -6.84 percent last month.
C fund returns may have climbed this month — by more than 8 percent — but they were more than one percent lower than November 2017 levels. Still, the fund continues to boast the highest year-to-date return rate of 5.08 percent. Coming in not-so-close second place for YTD was the low-risk, government securities investment G fund with 2.05 percent.
Despite YTD increases, G fund returns showed no changes from October, remaining at 0.26 percent. The fixed income investment F fund, however, rose back to the September 2018 level of 0.62 percent.
The small capitalization stock index S fund returned a significant increase of more than 11 percent, going from -10.06 percent to 1.92 percent. This return also showed the highest month-to-month change between October and November.
The international stock index I fund was the only negative return this month with -0.13 percent — still a significant increase from last month’s -7.94 percent.
Since the beginning of 2018, most index funds continued to see lower comparative returns — despite fluctuating positive and negative month-to-month levels.
The lifecycle funds showed a similar upturn, but with no negative returns. This was the opposite result in October.
The L 2050 fund showed the largest increase for the lifecycle funds with 1.22 percent, a more than 7.5 percent increase from the -6.35 percent October return. The L income fund returned the lowest with 0.53 percent, still nearly a 2 percent increase from last month. Year-to-date levels for all lifecycle funds were positive in November.
The L 2020, L 2030 and L 2040 returns were still notable, all increasing between 2 percent and 6.6 percent.
Of all TSP funds, including lifecycle, the I fund had the lowest YTD return of almost -10 percent. The only other fund to produce a negative YTD return in November was the F fund.