Q. I am a CSRS annuitant, retired four years ago. My wife will turn 62 this year and we’re debating if she should file at 62. Should she die before me, am I eligible to receive any of her Social Security benefits?
Q. I am 55 and retired CSRS this past January. When it comes to my TSP investment, 50 percent is in G, 40 percent in C, and 10 percent in S. Should I move any or all of my G Fund to C? It goes against the “buy low, sell high” philosophy, but I feel like I would earn more over time before I have to take minimum distribution if I put my G Funds back into C.
Q. I’ve been reading your archives for CSRS Voluntary Contributions Program (VCP) and the strategy of rolling its balance over into a Roth. Since TSP offers such low management rates, a TSP Roth is my intended destination for these VCP funds. But as of your 2012 guidance, the VCP cannot be directly into a TSP Roth, as the VCP is not a “designated Roth account.” Has this guidance changed? If not, then can this still be done by transferring the VCP funds twice – from the VCP into a generic non-TSP (commercial) Roth and from that non-TSP Roth into the TSP…
Q. I want to deposit 10 percent aggregate base pay into the CSRS Voluntary Contribution Program (VCP). How do I get my total accumulated pay over my entire CSRS work history? I worked at three Veterans Affairs centers. What forms are needed to roll the contributions into a Roth IRA? I have a traditional TSP, also.
Q. I divorced five years ago, after my retirement. My ex-spouse received 50 percent of my TSP. I’m now remarried. I would like to do a full withdraw option now that I’m going to quit my second career (have reached the age of 64), but am confused on the options. Do I have to select the 50 percent survivor benefit and, if so, should our marriage not work out in the long run will I, again, lose half of my TSP?
Q. You’ve mentioned in the past that if a person does not know which funds are best to invest their TSP money, they should invest in the Lifecycle fund that closely matches their life expectancy. I’m 58, retired CSRS and currently in the L2030. I plan to start generating a monthly income stream from the $470,000 balance and begin payments of 3.5 percent of the balance to meet expenses. When commencing monthly payments, do you recommend keeping the funds in the corresponding L Fund or should I look at a more conservative strategy during the draw-down phase?
Q. Is it true that because I’m a CSRS retiree, and don’t have enough quarters in Social Security, I would not be able to collect anything on my husband’s Social Security should I survive him?
Q. As a retired CSRS (offset), I receive my pension along with a separate Social Security benefit that was reduced by WEP. My spouse receives Social Security through their own work. Am I eligible for any portion of my spouse’s Social Security?
Q. I’m a 65-year-old retiree under CSRS, have about $175,000 in TSP and do not plan on withdrawing from TSP until age 70. As a conservative investor, I currently have money in the G, C and I Funds hoping to have some money in a safer fund and some in which I can see a better return. With the current market downturn and the future predictions, I’m unsure where I should be investing. I don’t want to put everything in the G Fund, but I don’t want to put too much of my money at too high a risk. Any…