What is the current TSP G Fund interest rate?

As of January 2017, the TSP G Fund interest rate is 2.375%. The rate is calculated monthly, based on the average yield of all U.S. Treasury securities with 4 or more years to maturity. The chart and table below show the recent history of the G Fund rate. You can see that interest rates have been rising:

Date Interest Rate
January 2017 2.375%
December 2016 2.375%
November 2016 1.875%
October 2016 1.625%
September 2016 1.625%
August 2016 1.500%
July 2016 1.500%
June 2016 1.875%
May 2016 1.750%
April 2016 1.750%
March 2016 1.750%
February 2016 1.875%

Historical interest rates for the G Fund

The G Fund interest rate is still near all-time lows. In 2012, it was as low as 1.25 percent. But if you look back further in history to the late 1980s, the G Fund returned over 9 percent per year:

TSP G Fund interest rate history

The G Fund compares very favorably to other risk-free investments. For example, in July 2013, the G Fund interest rate was 2.125%. By comparison, the best Bank CDs were yielding 0.45% for a 3-month term, or 1.8% for a 5-year term. Also, from the chart above you can see that the interest rate on the G Fund is almost always higher than the 3-month Treasury Bill yield.

G Fund Returns

The G fund will not lose money — its returns are guaranteed by the U.S. Government. That makes it very different from a typical bond fund, where your principal fluctuates with the rise and fall of interest rates. The chart below shows the historical performance of the TSP G Fund, and is updated every business day with the latest TSP G Fund price:

TSP G Fund returns

The G Fund has earned a compound annualized return of 4.7% since August 1990. Its year-to-date return is 0.15%, and its 1-year return is 1.84%. A $1,000 investment in 1990 would be worth $3,382 today.

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