Most TSP funds see slight gains in April

For the second month in a row, the Thrift Savings Plan’s S Fund returned in the red.

All other TSP funds yielded gains in April, albeit small ones.

According to statistics from the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, the S Fund dipped 2.47 percent in April. It fell 0.69 percent in March.

The S Fund’s numbers are based on stocks of small companies not included in the S&P 500.


Despite the two-month decline, the S Fund’s year-to-date returns are still positive, in part because of a strong stock market in February. That month, the S Fund rose 5.43 percent.

The S Fund has shown the strongest gains among the TSP funds over the last 12 months — 21.75 percent.

April’s strongest performer was the I Fund, which tracks the performance of international companies. It came out on top with a 1.51 percent gain last month.

The F Fund, tied to the bond market, performed second best, increasing by 0.9 percent in April.

Thrift Savings Plan April 2014 returns

Fund April Year-to-Date Last 12 Months
G Fund 0.20% 0.78% 2.17%
F Fund 0.90% 2.98% 0.21%
C Fund 0.75% 2.59% 20.53%
S Fund -2.47% 0.17% 21.75%
I Fund 1.51% 2.28% 13.68%
L Income 0.31% 1.23% 5.34%
L 2020 0.39% 1.69% 10.62%
L 2030 0.37% 1.85% 13.00%
L 2040 0.32% 1.94% 14.70%
L 2050 0.32% 2.03% 16.33%


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