Q. I am 38 years old with nine years of federal service and approximately $100,000 in my TSP. I am considering leaving the federal government within the next year and I am not exactly clear on what my options are. I understand that I can either leave the money in the TSP or withdraw it, but my wife and I intend to move back home to southeast Virginia. I have been considering taking approximately $20,000 and putting it toward a down payment on a house and putting the balance in a Vanguard IRA. I don’t know if this is this…
Q. I’m 68, about to retire from the U.S. Postal Service and have $260,000 in the TSP. Trying to choose between a rollover to Edward Jones or keeping in the TSP. I know the fees are high at EJ, but the personal contact is reassuring, and my track record isn’t very good managing my account in the TSP. Advice?
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 am a federal employee with 17 years until retirement. I was going to open a 529 college fund for my daughter, but I’m thinking that I should invest that money into my TSP instead … knowing that I’ll retire when my daughter graduates high school. If she gets a scholarship or decides not to go to college, however, the money can be spent elsewhere. Is this a good idea?
Q. When you lose money in the TSP C,S or I Funds (during a correction or crash), is it only on paper and only temporary until the market rises again at some point? The only time you really lose money is when you sell in a down market and “lock” in your losses, correct?
Q. I have my personal investments with Wells Fargo. Would it be practical to move all of my Wells Fargo investments to the TSP to avoid the 1 percent fees I am charged? I know the TSP is very low cost.
Q. I’m a federal employee for 18 years and have been contributing to TSP for the last 17 years. My financial advisor wants me to spread my current funds by a dollar amount. I only see how to spread my money by percentages. Is there a way to do it by dollar amount?
Q. I am 61 years of age and a CSRS annuitant for the past last seven years. My wife is also a CSRS annuitant (age 55). We are both in the L2020 fund. With our joint annuities we are financially whole. My question is, we are contemplating transferring 50 percent of my 2020 fund (approximately $150,000) and 50 percent of her L2020 fund (approximately $70,000) to the L2030 fund. We are both in good health. Please comment on the transfer proposal and the amounts.