Q. I’d be interested to know your opinion on Dave Ramsey’s TSP advice of 60-80 percent going to the C Fund with the remainder split between the S and I funds. I know you always say without proper knowledge and analysis to select the closest L Fund to your life expectancy, but for young employees the closest fund (2050) for that only puts them in the mid-50s to 60s age range, which seems slightly conservative. Do you think his advice is too risky for youngsters hoping to be TSP millionaires?
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Q. I have a separate Roth IRA with a fiduciary adviser, but my TSP consistently out performs my Roth. Is there any benefit to cashing out my Roth and starting to contribute to the TSP Roth account? I am 45 years old and have a total of $150,000 in my Roth account. I am currently maximizing my traditional TSP contributions.
Q. Both the president and OMB nominee have floated the idea of defaulting on national debt in order to settle it at a lower cost. What impact would there be on TSP accounts if debt were defaulted upon?
Q. I’ve been a GS employee going on six years, and I currently invest 20 percent of pay into TSP. I had been putting my funds into the L Fund 2020 (70 percent) and G Fund (30 percent), and just changed to the L fund 2040 (85 percent), C Fund (10 percent) and G Fund (5 percent). Is this a good way to invest my funds or should I place all of it in the L Fund 2040? I only have just over $24,000 in my TSP account. I’m 49 years old and probably plan to work at least another 15 years.
Q. I’m late out the gate with my TSP account, however I’m excited that the C Fund is on a gaining streak right now. I used to have my 5 percent going to the G Fund, then whatever total amount I had in the G Fund I switched it completely over to the C Fund. I also added another 1 percent, so now I have a total of 6 percent of my paycheck going into the C Fund. I’m only a Grade 7 so finances are a little tight, and I’m sure they are going to be even tighter when it comes time…
The election has demonstrated how difficult it can be to predict the effect of world events on the investment markets. If there was a consensus on the effect the outcome would have on the markets, it was that a Trump victory would be bad for stocks. While the stock market did drop significantly immediately following the news that Trump had won, by the end of the following day, it was in positive territory and continuing to climb. During the following weeks, several major stock market indices went on to reach new record highs. Ahead of the election, I did not…
Q. I am looking to see if it is too late to move money to a life cycle fund. I am 52 years old and in federal law enforcement; I am trying to go to mandatory age 57. Which fund would be best to move to? I’m trying to decide if I should draw monthly at 57 or wait until 62 when the supplement ends. When is the most productive time to move (market down or up)?
Q. My TSP account distribution percentages are G: 45; F: 5; C: 31; S: 5; and I: 14, all totaling $556,000 and $10,000 in a Roth. The TSP return from the past 12 months has been -0.29. I’m thinking about retiring this year at the age of 62, and I need $25,000 from the accounts plus increases based on inflation for 30 years. I plan to keep TSP in retirement. What changes in allocations do I need to meet these needs? Do I change to L2040?
Q. I’ve heard that if you have several years before you plan on withdrawing money from you TSP account, that you can invest in a stock fund (such as the C Fund). I have between nine to 11 years before retiring. I already have $400,000 in the L 2040. Would it be a safe bet for the next five years to invest in the C Fund?