New TSP funds make lackluster debut; C Fund gains slightly

The two new Thrift Savings Plan investment options made a lackluster debut in May, the first month in which the funds posted returns, according to the latest statistics from the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. The I Fund, which invests in international stocks, lost 4.13 percent, while the S Fund, which invests in the stocks of the many small- and mid-sized companies that are not included in the S&P 500, gained 1.42 percent. The C Fund, which invests in common stocks, posted a 0.65 percent gain in May, not enough to make up for previous months' drops. The C Fund has declined by 10.55 percent over the past year. The F Fund, comprised of fixed-income bonds, gained 0.61 percent in May, while the G Fund (government securities) saw a slight increase of 0.47 percent. The monthly C, F, G, S and I Fund returns reflect net earnings on the amounts invested during the month. For an index of the performance of the C, I and S funds that is updated continuously each business day, see the "TSP Ticker" on the front page of May's rates of return are listed below. The numbers in parentheses are negative.
G Fund F Fund C Fund S Fund I Fund
May 2001 0.47% 0.61% 0.65% 1.42% (4.13%)
Last 12 Months
5.93% 13.18% (10.55%) (4.88%) (17.72%)
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