Thrift funds show mixed returns in January

The Thrift Savings Plan's F and G funds saw some slight growth in January, according to the latest numbers from the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board.

The F Fund, made up of fixed-income bonds, saw the biggest increase last month, growing by 0.58 percent. The fund rose more than 4 percent over the past 12 months.

The G Fund consists of government securities and gained 0.37 percent in January 2005. The fund grew 4.38 percent during the past year.

The S Fund, fell 3.39 percent last month. The fund invests in the stocks of small and mid-size companies and has grown by more than 10 percent in the past 12 months.

The C Fund, which invests in common stock, was down 2.40 percent in January and rose more than 6 percent during the past year.

The I Fund was down 1.87 percent over the past month. The I Fund, made up of international stocks, has gained more than 16 percent since since February 2004.

The monthly F, G, S, C and I fund returns reflect net earnings on the changing balances invested during the month.

For an index of the performance of the S, C and I funds that is updated each business day, see the "TSP Ticker" on the front page of GovExec.com.

January's rates of return appear below. Numbers in parentheses are negative.

G Fund F Fund C Fund S Fund I Fund
January 2005 0.37% 0.58% (2.40%) (3.39%) (1.87%)
Last 12 Months
(2/1/2003-1/31/2004)
4.38% 4.07% 6.24% 10.14% 16.22%
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