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TSP Posts Modest Gains in July, Although International Stocks Fall

Most funds in the federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement savings program saw only slight increases last month.

The federal government’s 401(k)-style retirement savings program saw some growth in most of its offerings in July.

The only fund in the Thrift Savings Plan that lost ground last month was the international (I) fund, which fell 2.09%. So far this year, the I Fund has increased 12.03%.

The small- and mid-size businesses of the S Fund saw the best performance in July, growing 1.64%. Since January, the S Fund has grown 21.43%.

Common stocks in the C Fund increased 1.44% last month, bringing the fund's 2019 gains to 20.23%. The fixed income bonds in the F Fund grew 0.21% in July. So far this year, the F Fund has increased 6.34%.

The G Fund, which is made up of government securities, grew 0.18% in July. Since January, the G Fund has grown 1.46%.

All of the TSP’s lifecycle (L) funds, which shift investments to more stable portfolios as participants get closer to retirement, boasted slight gains in July. The L Income Fund, for people who already have begun making withdrawals, grew 0.19%; L 2020, 0.21%; L 2030, 0.21%; L 2040, 0.22%; and L 2050, 0.22%.

So far in 2019, the L Income Fund has increased 4.91%; L 2020, 6.30%; L 2030, 11.27%; L 2040, 13.20%; and L 2050, 14.86%.