TSP October 2022

TSP update for last month: All funds except F post positive returns.

Similar to the moves of June and July earlier this year, when the market had significant losses in June, followed by an upward move in July; September and October were months of losses followed by significant gains. Overall, the market continues to be down overall for the year to date, but these significant monthly swings demonstrate why it is so important to have a defined investment strategy and be disciplined during times of market volatility.

The Federal Reserve continued its march towards higher interest rates in its ongoing battle with persistent high inflation, raising interest rates by .75 basis points for the fourth time this year this week. Weary TSP investors have continued to flee the markets, continuing to move money into the G fund. It is estimated that investors moved about $3.668 billion into the G fund in September. While this is a small percentage of the over $689 billion invested in TSP at the end of September. (Fedsmith.com, November 1, 2022), it is still concerning. Historical data show that moving in and out of the funds generally hurts a TSP participants long term performance. 

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.

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 returns from 2022 and year to date returns for 2022 and longer-term averages are shown below. (source, TSP.gov)

YearG FundF FundC FundS FundI Fund
Last 12 months2.55%-15.40%-14.61%-27.24%-22.74%
2022 YTD2.29%-15.38%-17.70%-23.83%-22.90%
2022 Monthly     

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 October 31, 2022.  (source, TSP.gov).

YearG FundF FundC FundS FundI Fund
1 year2.55%-15.40%-14.61%-27.24%-22.74%
3 Year1.65%-3.62%10.18%6.45%-0.99%
5 year2.03%-0.42%10.41%6.28%0.24%
10 year2.04%1.00%12.80%10.54%4.46%
Inception Date4/1/19871/29/19881/29/19885/1/20015/1/2001

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