Comparison of the TSP Funds

  G Fund  F Fund*  C Fund*  S Fund* I Fund*   L Funds**
Description of Investments Government securities (specially issued to the TSP) Government, corporate, and mortgage-backed bonds Stocks of large and medium-sized U.S. companies Stocks of small and medium-sized U.S. companies (not included in the C Fund) International stocks of 21 developed countries  Invested in the G, F, C, S, and I Funds 
Objective of Fund Interest income without risk of loss of principal   To match the performance of the Lehman Brothers U.S. Aggregate Bond (LBA) Index  To match the performance of the S&P 500 Index  To match the performance of the Dow Jones Wilshire 4500 Completion (DJW 4500) Index  To match the performance of the Morgan Stanley Capital International EAFE (Europe, Australasia, Far East) Index  To provide professionally diversified portfolios based on various time horizons, using the G, F, C, S, and I Funds
Risk  Inflation risk  Market risk, Credit risk, Prepayment risk, Inflation risk  Market risk, Inflation risk  Market risk, Inflation risk   Market risk, Currency risk, Inflation risk  Exposed to all of the types of risk to which the individual TSP funds are exposed but total risk is reduced through diversification among the 5 individual funds 
Volatility  Low Low to moderate   Moderate  Moderate to high historically more volatile than C Fund  Moderate to high historically more volatile than C Fund  Asset allocation shifts as time horizon approaches to reduce volatility 
Types of Earnings  Interest on bonds Change in stock prices and interest on bonds Change in stock prices  and dividends received from stocks  Change in stock prices  and dividends received from stocks  Change in stock prices, dividends received from stocks, and change in currency exchange rate Composite of earnings in underlying G, F, C, S, and I Funds
Date Fund began April 1, 1987 Jan. 29, 1988 Jan. 29, 1988 May 1, 2001 May 1, 2001 August 1, 2005
 * The F, C, S, and I Funds also have earnings from securities lending income and from temporary investments in G Fund securities. These amounts represent a very small portion of total earnings.

 ** Each of the L Funds is invested in the individual TSP funds (G, F, C, S, and I). The proportion of your L Fund balance invested in each of the individual TSP funds depends on the L Fund you choose.

 

This graph and information in the table, above, are from tsp.gov                  

 

 

 

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