Extended TSP Fund Performance Table

The Thrift Savings Plan was created in 1987 with the G Fund as its only option.The C Fund and F Fund were added in 1988, and the S Fund and I Fund followed in 2001. I wanted to look at fund performances across several business cycles, so I created the table below which adds in historical performance data for the indices which the TSP funds track back to at least 1980. I also included GDP and average annual interest rate so you can see the impact those had on performance.

Year Real GDP Growth Federal Funds Rate G Fund F Fund C Fund S Fund I Fund L 2050 L 2040 L 2030 L 2020 L 2010 L Income
1979 3.10% 11.2 9.51% 2.30% 18.49%
1980 -0.30% 13.35 11.57% 3.06% 32.50% 38.58% 22.60%
1981 2.50% 16.39 14.18% 7.26% -4.62% 2.03% -2.27%
1982 -1.90% 12.24 13.56% 31.09% 21.52% 24.95% -1.86%
1983 4.50% 9.09 11.61% 8% 22.37% 29.13% 23.69%
1984 7.20% 10.23 13.13% 15.02% 6.55% -7.13% 7.41%
1985 4.10% 8.1 11.33% 21.30% 32.32% 31.05% 56.14%
1986 3.50% 6.8 8.29% 15.62% 18.49% 5.68% 69.46%
1987 3.20% 6.66 8.73% 2.29% 5.23% -8.80% 24.64%
1988 4.10% 7.57 8.81% 7.58% 16.60% 25.02% 28.26%
1989 3.60% 9.21 8.81% 13.89% 31.03% 16.26% 10.53%
1990 1.90% 8.1 8.90% 8.00% -3.15% -19.48% -23.45%
1991 -0.2 5.69 8.15% 15.75% 30.77% 46.04% 12.14%
1992 3.40% 3.52 7.23% 7.20% 7.70% 18.41% -12.18%
1993 2.90% 3.02 6.14% 9.52% 10.13% 18.88% 32.57%
1994 4.10% 4.21 7.22% -2.96% 1.33% -1.82% 7.78%
1995 2.50% 5.83 7.03% 18.31% 37.41% 28.45% 11.21%
1996 3.70% 5.3 6.76% 3.66% 22.85% 16.49% 6.05%
1997 4.50% 5.46 6.77% 9.60% 33.17% 22.36% 1.78%
1998 4.40% 5.35 5.74% 8.70% 28.44% -2.55% 20.00%
1999 4.80% 4.97 5.99% -0.85% 20.95% 21.26% 26.96%
2000 4.10% 6.24 6.42% 11.67% -9.14% -3.02% -14.17%
2001 1.10% 3.88 5.39% 8.61% -11.94% -9.04% -21.94%
2002 1.80% 1.67 5.00% 10.27% -22.05% -18.14% -15.98%
2003 2.50% 1.13 4.11% 4.11% 28.54% 42.92% 37.94%
2004 3.30% 1.35 4.30% 4.30% 10.82% 18.03% 20.00%
2005 3.10% 3.22 4.49% 2.40% 4.96% 10.45% 13.63%
2006 2.70% 4.97 4.93% 4.40% 15.79% 15.30% 26.32% 16.53% 15.00% 13.72% 11.09% 7.59%
2007 1.90% 5.02 4.87% 7.09% 5.54% 5.49% 11.43% 7.36% 7.14% 6.87% 6.40% 5.56%
2008 -0.30% 1.92 3.75% 5.45% -36.99% -38.32% -42.43% -31.53% -27.50% -22.77% -10.53% -5.09%
2009 -3.10% 0.16 2.97% 5.99% 26.68% 34.85% 30.04% 25.19% 22.48% 19.14% 10.03% 8.57%
2010 2.40% 0.18 2.81% 6.71% 15.06% 29.06% 7.94% 13.89% 12.48% 10.59% 5.74%
2011 1.80% 0.1 2.45% 7.89% 2.11% -3.38% -11.81% -0.96% -0.31% 0.41% 2.23%
2012 2.20% 0.14 1.47% 4.29% 16.07% 18.57% 18.62% 15.85% 14.27% 12.61% 10.42% 4.77%
2013 2.0% 0.11 1.89% (1.68)% 32.45% 38.35% 22.13% 26.2% 23.23% 20.16% 16.03% 6.97%
2014 2.4% 0.09 2.31% 6.73% 13.78% 7.80% (5.27)% 6.37% 6.22% 5.74% 5.06% 3.77%

G Fund created 04/01/1987.  Pre-inception data based on Thrift Savings Board publication
C Fund created 01/29/1988.  Pre-inception data based on Thrift Savings Board publication
F Fund created 01/29/1988.  Pre-inception data based on Thrift Savings Board publication
S Fund created 05/01/2001. 1980-2000 Based on Russell 2000 Index
I Fund created 05/01/2001. 1980-2000 Based on MSCI EAFE Index

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