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Federal employees who came into government after Jan. 1, 1984 were part of a grand experiment. Could the government transition to a private-sector-like retirement system? The answer, 25 years after the creation of the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), is a resounding yes. FERS, according to many experts, has lived up to the expectation of providing federal employees a three-piece retirement plan: a small defined pension, Social Security and a 401k-like investment opportunity in the Thrift Savings Plan. In our special report, FERS: 25 Years Later, Federal News Radio explores whether moving from the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) to FERS was a success and how FERS has evolved over the last quarter century.
TSP Tracker: Annual returns from 1987 - today
Wednesday - 12/12/2012, 2:01am EST
The G, F and C Funds launched in 1987. Later, in 2001, the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board added the S and the I funds.
Finally, in 2005, the board added lifecycle options to the TSP. The L funds consist of a mix of the other funds that change over time as a participant nears retirement.
(Click the colored box next to each funds' name to isolate its performance. You can also use the scroll-bar at the bottom of the chart to track TSP performance within a particular time period.)
(Source: TSP.gov / Chart produced by Andrew Mazzocchi)
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