TSP May Recap - Thrift Savings Plan performance May 2024 image: birds and stock chart

Thrift Savings Plan Monthly Update for May 2024, by Jennifer Meyer, CFP®, ChFEBC℠, AIF®

In May, stocks rebounded from an underwhelming April when all but one of the core 5 funds was negative for the month. For the month of May however, the three stock funds, C, S and I were all in rally mode posting significant monthly gains. In May, the C fund, which is the most widely held fund in the TSP, had a monthly return of 4.96%, its best month since February 2024. Year to date, the C fund is also the best performer, at 11.29%. Interestingly, the bulk of the performance came in February and May this year. Once again, I emphasize, that timing the market is virtually impossible. It is important to stay in the market through all market cycles, as no one can accurately predict performance from one month to the next.

Year to date, the worst performing fund is the F fund. Bonds are struggling to break out of their bear market cycle which began in 2022 when the Federal Reserve began raising interest rates. However, I encourage employees to not abandon the fund. For many employees, having exposure to the F fund is important for diversification in your portfolio. Historical data shows that proper diversification is a critical component in long term success.

We offer a monthly TSP webinar and complimentary consultations to help federal employees develop a strategy they can stick to through the ups and downs of market cycles. Please take advantage of the resources available to you. Our webinars are free so there is no excuse! The successful management of your TSP will have a huge impact on your retirement. If you have neglected it in the past, make it a priority to educate yourself sooner rather than later!

If you have questions on how to best manage your TSP, please schedule a complimentary meeting or attend a TSP webinar. You can find the schedule by clicking here. You can also schedule a complimentary consultation with me using this link.

Monthly and year to date returns effective April 30, 2024, and longer-term averages are shown below. (source, TSP.gov)

Year G Fund F Fund C Fund S Fund I Fund
Last 12 months 4.46% 1.27% 28.15% 24.55% 18.74%
2024 YTD 1.82% -1.56% 11.29% 3.38% 7.59%
May 0.41% 1.69% 4.96% 3.36% 4.86%
April 0.35% -2.47% -4.08% -6.46% -3.17%
March 0.38% 0.87% 3.22% 3.33% 3.36%
February 0.33% -1.41% 5.34% 6.03% 2.74%
Jan 2024 0.34% -0.19% 1.68% -2.41% -0.22%

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 May 31, 2024.  (source, TSP.gov).

Year G Fund F Fund C Fund S Fund I Fund
1 year 4.46%         1.27%         28.15% 24.55% 18.74%
3 Year 3.29% -2.99% 9.54% -1.27% 3.37%
5 year 2.50% -0.10% 15.76% 10.13% 8.42%
10 year 2.40% 1.44% 12.69% 8.82% 4.98%
Inception Date 4/1/1987 1/29/1988 1/29/1988 5/1/2001 5/1/2001

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Until next month,

Jennifer Meyer CFP

Jennifer Meyer, CFP®, ChFEBC℠, AIF® 

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, CFP® (with plaque design) and CFP® (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board's initial and ongoing certification requirements.

**Written by Jennifer Meyer, CFP®, ChFEBC, AIF®,. 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.***

TSP May Recap - Thrift Savings Plan performance May 2024 image: birds and stock chart

May 2024 TSP Performance - Recap of Thrift Savings Plan Funds