F fund stumbles in September while rest of TSP shows minor gains

Most of the Thrift Savings Plan funds showed some small gains in September. The fixed income investment F fund was the only loser, falling to -0.54%, reversing August’s performance where F and the stable government securities investment G fund posted the only positive returns.

But one small stumble didn’t halt the F fund’s momentum: Its year-to-date returns currently total 8.51%, not far behind its 12-month performance of 10.32%.

Meanwhile, the G fund lost a few percentage points, though it managed to stay in the black at 0.14%. That’s the lowest return it’s posted all year. That said, it’s year-to-date returns have totaled 1.79%, and its performance over the last 12 months comes in at 2.57%.

The common stock index investment C fund came in at 1.87%, but it’s the biggest winner so far this year, with year-to-date returns of 20.54%. That’s particularly impressive considering some big losses in late 2018 hold it’s 12-month performance down to 4.24%.

The small capitalization stock index S fund isn’t far behind the C fund — it came in at 1.06% in September, with a 17.57% year-to-date performance. Also mirroring the S fund, some poor performances in late 2018 are hindering the 12-month performance from rising out of the red, coming in at -3.77%.

The international stock index I fund was the big winner last month; it posted a performance of 2.87%. That brings its year-to-date up to 13.21%, though it’s 12-month remains in the negative at -0.94%.

The lifecycle funds managed to turn around two months of negative returns, coming in at 0.51% for the L Income fund on the low end, and 1.69% for the L 2050 on the high end. The year-to-date and 12-month performances all stayed in the black as well.

Thrift Savings Plan — Sept. 2019 Returns
Fund July Year-to-Date Last 12 Months
G fund 0.14% 1.79% 2.57%
F fund -0.54% 8.51% 10.32%
C fund 1.87% 20.54% 4.24%
S fund 1.06% 17.57% -3.77%
I fund 2.87% 13.21% -0.94%
L Income 0.51% 5.32% 3.02%
L 2020 0.63% 6.71% 2.71%
L 2030 1.28% 11.62% 2.54%
L 2040 1.50% 13.50% 2.33%
L 2050 1.69% 15.08% 2.04%

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THRIFT SAVINGS PLAN TICKER

Nov 24, 2021 Close Change YTD*
L Income 23.3966 0.0015 4.85%
L 2025 12.1819 -0.0002 8.89%
L 2030 43.2945 -0.0032 11.31%
L 2035 13.0349 -0.001 12.31%
L 2040 49.4511 -0.0045 13.33%
L 2045 13.5754 -0.0012 14.19%
L 2050 29.8057 -0.0032 15.08%
L 2055 14.7670 -0.005 18.41%
L 2060 14.7669 -0.005 18.41%
L 2065 14.7667 -0.0049 18.41%
G Fund 16.7112 0.0007 1.12%
F Fund 20.7596 0.0466 -1.44%
C Fund 70.8728 0.1654 24.02%
S Fund 86.9795 0.4732 17.73%
I Fund 38.7370 -0.2617 11.23%
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.