All Thrift Savings Plan funds continued to post positive numbers through April, though, in most cases, at a slightly lower rate than in March, according to data provided by the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board.
Only the F and I Funds reported higher return rates than in the previous month.
The I Fund was the big gainer in April, jumping from a 0.88 percent increase in March to a 5.32 percent increse a month later. This strong showing raised its year-to-date gain to 9.88 percent and made the fund — at 19.75 percent — the top gainer over the last 12 months. The I Fund represents international stocks.
The F Fund, which represents the bond market, went from a 0.7 percent increase in March to a 1.02 percent increase in April. This helped to bring the fund’s year-to-date into the black at 1.03 percent.
The S Fund, which represents stocks of U.S. companies not included in the S&P, led all funds in March with a 4.69 percent return. Although the fund’s April return was lower, at 0.65 percent, it still has the second best performance rate over the last 12 months — 18.76 percent.
All funds continued to perform well over the last 12 months, with seven of the 10 funds posting double-digit returns.