F fund slips, other TSP funds see modest returns in August

Most of the Thrift Savings Plan funds posted modest returns in August, although the fixed income investment F fund slipped into the red.

The F fund dropped from 1.49% to -0.81%. The F fund has fluctuated fairly regularly over the last year, spending five of the last 12 months in the negative. That said, it’s still showing a total year-to-date return of 6.79%.

The reliable Treasury securities-backed G fund dropped from 0.06% to 0.05%, reaching a new low point for the past four years. The G fund has been steadily declining from its high point of 0.26% in late 2018. Still, that’s much less fluctuation than any of the other funds, and it has yet to dip into negative returns.

The international stock index I fund showed the most growth, rising from 2.33% to 5.12%. That wasn’t enough to bring its year-to-date returns out of the red, though. It’s the only TSP fund at the moment with a negative YTD, currently sitting at -4.35.

The small capitalization stock index S fund posted the highest return for the fifth month in a row with 7.20%, though the common stock index investment C fund barely missed it with 7.19%.

Meanwhile, the Lifecycle funds also continue to perform well. They all posted positive returns, ranging from 1.39% for the L Income to 6.40% for the L 2065.

These returns were enough to finally help the Lifecycle funds recover from the first quarter, putting all of their year-to-date returns in the black for the first time this year. That said, the new Lifecycle funds are all still new enough that they don’t yet have year-to-date performances.

Thrift Savings Plan — August 2020 Returns
Fund Aug Year-to-Date Last 12 Months
G fund 0.05% 0.70% 1.29%
F fund -0.81% 6.79% 6.37%
C fund 7.19% 9.67% 21.83%
S fund 7.20% 6.70% 17.36%
I fund 5.12% -4.35% 6.45%
L Income 1.39% 2.27% 5.02%
L 2025 3.17% n/a n/a
L 2030 3.81% 3.75% 10.71%
L 2035 4.18% n/a n/a
L 2040 4.56% 4.13% 12.38%
L 2045 4.88% n/a n/a
L 2050 5.21% 4.38% 13.75%
L 2055 6.41% n/a n/a
L 2060 6.40% n/a n/a
L 2065 6.40% n/a n/a

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THRIFT SAVINGS PLAN TICKER

Oct 15, 2021 Close Change YTD*
L Income 23.2404 0.0377 3.52%
L 2025 12.0440 0.0378 6.40%
L 2030 42.6549 0.1817 7.92%
L 2035 12.8272 0.0595 8.58%
L 2040 48.6049 0.2448 9.26%
L 2045 13.3308 0.0713 9.83%
L 2050 29.2386 0.1664 10.41%
L 2055 14.4251 0.1019 12.65%
L 2060 14.4251 0.102 12.65%
L 2065 14.4249 0.1019 12.65%
G Fund 16.6826 0.0006 0.99%
F Fund 20.8640 -0.0506 -1.40%
C Fund 67.3040 0.4981 15.90%
S Fund 86.1731 -0.0636 11.66%
I Fund 39.1567 0.3956 8.56%
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.