Q. In the March 7 issue of Federal Times, on page 20, there appears the PersonalAdvisor. Part of the feature shows a TSP Snapshot, which has the following entry:
Individual funds C Fund
March 3 $16.15
Last 12 months 21.34%
Question: Am I really receiving a 21.34 percent return for funds in the C Fund” for the last 12 months? I am able to get only 1 percent to 2 percent return on a CD for a year. The 21.34 percent just seems too good to be true! Am I misinterpreting what I see?
A. The calculated rate of return was correct. Remember that this rate of return only applies to a very specific time period and is not the most likely, or expected, annual rate of return for the C Fund. The difference in rates of return between the C Fund and a one-year CD is largely a reflection of difference in risk between the two. The CD never produces a 50 percent annual loss!