Browsing: C Fund

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?

Q. I am 39 years old, an officer of 14 years in the Marine Corps and married (she’s 37) with four beautiful children. I have a car payment worth $25,000 and don’t own a house or mortgage. I have spent the better part of the last six years paying off my student loans, which were more than $69,000. We are, thankfully, now in a position to begin investments, especially considering we have solid emergency savings established and very little consumer debt (the car is it and we don’t have credit card debt). I am considering starting the Roth TSP for myself and a Roth IRA for my…

Q. I had 50 percent of my TSP in the G Fund and the other 50 percent in the C Fund. Back in 2014, I lost about $17,000. In the past week I have lost about $8,000. My plan is to retire in January 2017 (I will reach my full retirement in December 2016). I recently changed my contribution to 60 percent to the G Fund and 40 percent to the C Fund. I’m considering just putting everything in the G Fund. It’s very important that I have as much money in my TSP as possible. If I lose a significant amount this year I…

Q: I am 39 years old, an officer of 14 years in the Marine Corps, married (she’s 37) with 4 beautiful children, have 1 car payment worth 25,000k, don’t own a house or mortgage, and have spent the better part of the last 6 years paying off my student loans which were above $69k when we started. We are, thankfully, now in a position to begin investments especially considering we have a solid emergency savings established and very little consumer debt (the car is it and NO credit card debt…we’ve been working hard). I am considering starting the ROTH TSP…

Q. I am a 24-year-old male Marine. I have all my money in the G Fund ($2,500), but I never knew anything about TSP. I never knew the control I had over my portfolio. The only advice I have is what I can remember from my high school economics teacher back in 2010. He told me that while I am young I can afford to invest in riskier funds. As I grow older and get closer to retirement, I need to relocate those to something like the G Fund. So today I put my future investments to go 70 percent, 20 percent…

Portfolio diversification is a concept that every TSP investor should understand and use to their advantage. It’s also a concept that few seem to properly employ. Over the past 15 years, there have been calls from participants to add all manner of specialized investment funds to the Thrift Savings Plan – Internet, real estate, energy, gold, health care or any other market that has been hot — in the name of diversification. Ironically, these calls for more ability to diversify wouldn’t really help to improve diversification. Instead, adding these kinds of funds will, more than anything, allow participants to…

Q. I am a federal employee and have been eligible to retire for a while, but I wasn’t ready until now. Within nine months I will have retired. I am one that converted way back when from CSRS to FERS. I am 67 and a half years old (already drawing my SSA, which I started at 65 when I reached 100 percent) and will be 68 and a half years old when I retire. Within 2 years after retiring, I will be required to start taking my minimum withdrawals. Several things: I am concerned with the recent money market fluctuations and…