TSP Update for Month Ending February 2023 – after promising January, all TSP core funds except G saw small dips in value.
February brought a pullback from the significant January gains for most TSP participants. All the core funds, other than the G fund, notched a negative monthly return in February. However, all 5 core funds are holding onto gains year to date in 2023. A higher-than-expected inflation report in February caused concern that inflation could be around for longer than hoped. This would potentially lead to more interest rate increases in 2023 than investors were hoping for. There is wide dispersion among economists as to what 2023 will hold for both stocks and bonds. As usual, uncertainty leads to market volatility. TSP participants are wise to remain disciplined and stick to a good investment strategy despite the short-term gyrations of the market.
As noted in last month’s TSP article, I do not know if the next few months will be up or down for the market, but I do know that data shows it is more important to have “time IN the market” versus “TIMING the market.”
There are few administrative updates that TSP issued in February. Of note, many requests that previously were handled by paper forms have been moved completely online. For example, beneficiary updates will no longer be processed if submitted on the TSP-3 paper form. You must make any beneficiary updates via the online My Account website. To see the complete list of forms and their current status, refer to TSP Bulletin 23-2 which was published on February 2, 2023. Importantly, TSP will not notify you if you submit an obsolete form per the Bulletin. It is up to the participant to ensure their documentation is current and correct. TSP will not be responsible for obsolete forms that are submitted.
Finally, I am often asked how to build a good investment strategy for TSP. 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. I host these webinars with several teammates on a rotating schedule. I look forward to seeing you!
Monthly and year to date returns effective February 28, 2023 and longer-term averages are shown below. (source, TSP.gov)
|Year||G Fund||F Fund||C Fund||S Fund||I Fund|
|Last 12 months||3.33%||-9.47%||-7.72%||-10.63%||-3.06%|
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 February 28, 2023. (source, TSP.gov).
|Year||G Fund||F Fund||C Fund||S Fund||I Fund|
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