A November to remember for TSP?

Monday - 12/5/2011, 7:01pm EST

Tom Trabucco, director of external affairs, Federal Thrift Investment Board

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By Jack Moore
Federal News Radio

November was a fairly good month for the Thrift Savings Plan with the G and F funds moving into positive territory for the year.

At least the last day of trading was positive, said Tom Trabucco, the director of external affairs at the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, which oversees federal employees TSP accounts.

He joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss all the funds in the TSP and how they fared last month.

Trabucco said the last day of trading in November was a particularly good day for the TSP. The financial markets rose sharply after the Federal Reserve and other central banks launched an effort to provide cheap emergency loans to banks, particularly, in Europe.

The G, F and C Fund also ended up in positive territory, for the year to-date.

The gains weren't enough to raise year-to-date returns for the S and the I Fund, though, he said.

As for how the market looks so far for December, Trabucco said wouldn't attempt to read the tea leaves.

"I've given up looking into the future," Trabucco said. "I just try to position with tactical asset allocation," he said. That means small adjustments based on market activity.

For his part, Trabucco said he's "100 percent L Fund and I'm sticking with that."

November TSP returns

Fund G Fund F Fund C Fund S Fund I Fund
Month 0.14% 0.01% -0.21% -0.51% -2.46%
YTD 2.30% 6.80% 1.06% -3.35% -9.98%
12 Month 2.51% 5.68% 7.82% 3.78% -2.67%

L Funds L Income L 2020 L 2030 L 2040 L 2050
Month 0.02% -0.34% -0.49% -0.62% -0.78%
YTD 2.03% 0.30% -0.40% -1.02% NA
12 Month 3.55% 4.40% 4.55% 4.59% NA