Thrift Savings Plan 2022 Recap

TSP Update for Month Ending December 2022 – 4 of 5 core funds lost ground.

Jennifer Meyer, CFP

Investors hoping for a Santa Claus year end market rally in December were disappointed once again this year. The year 2022 is one that most investors and TSP participants are happy to say goodbye to. 2022 will go down as the worst year for markets since 2008. Having weathered the storm, we now look to 2023 with optimism. Historically, just 9% of the time dating back to 1928 do markets have losses in back-to-back years.  Although there remains uncertainty around inflation, the war in Ukraine, and interest rates; there is also reason to believe the worst may be behind us in terms of inflation and rising interest rates. The next meeting of the Federal Reserve is in early February 2023. There will be additional inflation and unemployment numbers to digest between now and then.

For the second consecutive month, the I fund outperformed its other stock-based peers the C and S funds. As I often say- it is impossible to predict when these types of moves will occur, which is why it is so important to be diversified across all of the 5 core funds in TSP.

As announced last month, the IRS announced the new limits for contributions to TSP in 2023. The maximum amount a participant under age 50 can contribute is $22,500. This is an increase of $2000 over the 2022 limit. In addition, the catch-up limit is $7,500 for those age 50 and over. The total contribution for employees over age 50 for 2023 is $30,000. This is great news for retirement savers.

As we have said in the past, moving funds in and out of the market attempting to time the market has been proven to be detrimental to long term investment success. Having a disciplined investment strategy and sticking to it through good times and bad has been shown to produce long term investor success. If you are unsure how to create an investment strategy that you can stick to, there are many resources available to you via Serving Those Who Serve. Start by registering for an upcoming TSP webinar on the Serving Those Who Serve website. Register Here.

Monthly and year to date returns from 2022 and longer-term averages are shown below. (source,

Year G Fund F Fund C Fund S Fund I Fund
Last 12 months 2.98% -12.83% -18.13% -26.26% -13.94%
2022 YTD 2.98% -12.83% -18.13% -26.26% -13.94%
2022 Monthly          
December 0.32% -0.65% -5.78% -6.55% -1.85%
November 0.35% 3.70% 5.58% 3.59% 13.72%
October 0.34% -1.26% 8.10% 8.59% 5.98%
September 0.28% -4.31% -9.21% -9.91% -9.40%
August 0.25% -2.80% -4.08% -2.08% -5.79%
July 0.26% 2.47% 9.22% 10.32% 5.15%
June 0.29% -1.94% -6.55% -7.95% -8.21%
May 0.21% 1.13% -1.65% -3.53% 1.19%
April 0.20% -3.75% -8.72% -10.57% -6.39%
March 0.17% -2.73% 3.72% 0.90% -0.33%
February 0.14% -1.08% -2.99% 0.03% -2.61%
January 0.13% -2.09% -5.18% -10.07% -3.96%

Month to month trends as shown above are interesting, but it is important to remember that short term market volatility is to be expected and employees should not be making investment decisions based on short term performance. Following are longer term rates of return for each fund, as of December 31, 2022. (source,

Year G Fund F Fund C Fund S Fund I Fund
1 year 2.98% -12.83% -18.13% -26.26% -13.94%
3 Year 1.77% 2.62% 7.62% 3.02% 1.23%
5 year 2.09% 0.10% 9.39% 4.89% 1.93%
10 year 2.08% 1.29% 12.57% 9.72% 4.95%
Inception Date 4/1/1987 1/29/1988 1/29/1988 5/1/2001 5/1/2001

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**Written by Jennifer Meyer, Financial Planner. The information has been obtained from sources considered reliable but we do not guarantee that the foregoing material is accurate or complete. Any opinions are those of Jennifer Meyer and not necessarily those of RJFS or Raymond James. Any information is not a complete summary or statement of all available data necessary for making an investment decision and does not constitute a recommendation. Investing involves risk and you may incur a profit or loss regardless of strategy suggested. Every investor’s situation is unique and you should consider your investment goals, risk tolerance, and time horizon before making any investment or financial decision. Prior to making an investment decision, please consult with your financial advisor about your individual situation. While we are familiar with the tax provisions of the issues presented herein, as Financial Advisors of RJFS, we are not qualified to render advice on tax or legal matters. You should discuss tax or legal matters with the appropriate professional. **


***The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is a retirement savings and investment plan for Federal employees and members of the uniformed services, including the Ready Reserve. The TSP is a defined contribution plan, meaning that the retirement income you receive from your TSP account will depend on how much you (and your agency or service, if you're eligible to receive agency or service contributions) put into your account during your working years and the earnings accumulated over that time. The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (FRTIB) administers the TSP.***

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