Rolling a portion of TSP balance into self-directed IRA


Q: I would like to take a portion of my TSP balance and transfer it to a self-directed IRA. What is the process for doing that? What are the estimated costs and penalties?

A: In your circumstances — actively employed and younger than 59 1/2 — the TSP won’t allow this.


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