Upward TSP trend continues

For the second month in a row, performance in all 10 of the Thrift Savings Plan funds posted positive returns, with double-digit gains in many of the funds year-to-date.

The biggest gains came in the following funds: the C Fund (up 2.57 percent), which tracks the performance of the S&P 500; the S Fund (up 2.51 percent), which matches the Dow Jones Completion Index, made up of companies not included in the S&P 500; and the I Fund (up 2.96 percent), which tracks international stocks.

The second month of mostly modest gains in these and the other funds pushed up the year-to-date and 12-month performance for many of the funds.

The C and the S Funds are both up about 16 percent for the year and about 30 percent for the last 12 months.

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Returns for the Lifecycle funds, a mix of investment options targeted to an investor’s expected retirement date, were similar to their performance in August. Over the last 12 months, the L 2040 and L 2050 are up significantly.

The G Fund, which invests in government-backed securities, posted returns of 0.10 percent, down slightly from August. The F Fund, which invests in government bonds, posted returns of 0.15 percent, doubling what it did in August.

Thrift Savings Plan September 2012 returns

Fund September Year-to-Date Last 12 Months
G Fund 0.10% 1.12% 1.56%
F Fund 0.15% 4.06% 5.24%
C Fund 2.57% 16.54% 30.34%
S Fund 2.51% 15.23% 30.75%
I Fund 2.96% 10.42% 15.52%
L Income 0.62% 4.04% 6.67%
L 2020 1.52% 8.77% 15.22%
L 2030 1.87% 10.61% 18.64%
L 2040 2.12% 11.99% 21.21%
L 2050 2.38% 13.22% 23.48%

Percentages in ( ) are negative.


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