Basic TSP retirement options


Q. I will be retiring (CSRS) at the end of this year. I understand there are several options available with my account. However, I haven’t been able to find any clear/accurate information. Can I take it out as a lump sum? (Is there a negative to this?) As a retiree, can I leave it in place? (One article seemed to state that if a person does this, they receive a small monthly check of some sort.)

A. You’ll find the information you need here:


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