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2011 a 'mixed bag' for TSP
Tuesday - 1/3/2012, 4:20pm EST
Federal News Radio
Federal employees (401)k-style retirement plans posted varied returns over the past year.
The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, which oversees the Thrift Savings Plan, announced the year-end TSP numbers Tuesday.
Tom Trabucco, the director of external affairs at the board told In Depth with Francis Rose, 2011 was "a mixed bag" for TSP returns.
The G Fund, which invests in Treasury securities and has the highest rates of participation, and the C Fund, which is tied to the performance of the S&P 500, both posted modest gains for the year.
The F Fund, which tracks a broad index of government and corporate bonds, posted the largest gain for the year at nearly 8 percent.
"A stellar performer and a consistent performer I must say if you look back over the last five or six years," Trabucco said of the F Fund.
The I Fund, which tracks international stocks faced a sharp downturn at the end of 2011, which Trabucco said makes sense given the debt crisis in Europe.
The Lifecycle funds, which invest in a combination of the common index funds and are "tailored" to meet retirement target dates, also posted mixed gains. The L Income posted a 2.23 percent gain and the L 2020 (for federal employees looking to retire between 2015 and 2024), was up only slightly for 2011 — 0.41 percent.
The L 2030 and L 2040, with retirement targets surrounding those dates, ended in the red for 2011.
December TSP returns
|Fund||G Fund||F Fund||C Fund||S Fund||I Fund|
|Month||0.15 %||1.01 %||1.04 %||-0.04 %||-2.03 %|
|2011||2.45 %||7.89 %||2.11 %||-3.38 %||-11.81 %|
|L Funds||L Income||L 2020||L 2030||L 2040||L 2050|
|Month||0.20 %||0.11 %||0.09 %||0.07 %||-0.01 %|
|2011||2.23 %||0.41 %||-0.31 %||-0.96 %||NA|