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?
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Q. I’m 52 years old and have my entire account in the L2050 account. When withdrawals are made, it wouldn’t take an equal percentage out of each fund that comprises the L fund — or would it?
Q. Suppose a TSP participant passes away and listed on their TSP-3 beneficiary form that there are allocations of 34 percent to the spouse, 33 percent to the daughter, and 33 percent to the son. Does the spouse have a beneficiary participant account (BPA) with the 34 percent allocation in the age appropriate L Fund, and do the children each receive a lump-sum payment of 33 percent?
Q. I plan to retire under FERS in three years at age 65 with 10 years of federal service. My TSP balance is $130,000. I also have a rollover IRA with our financial adviser from a past employer with a value of $150,000. Would it make sense to roll over my IRA into a TSP now? I’m paying a 1.25 percent annual management fee on the $150,000 and earning about 4 percent annually. A steady 3-4 percent return would be my goal within TSP, as I am getting close to retirement. Would the age-appropriate L Fund be my best bet?
Q. What indicators should I look for to move into a lower-risk fund? I’m new to investing and I see that the rate for the fund I’m currently in has dropped a few points. It currently has the highest rate.
Q. I am not a government employee with almost eight years of civil service completed, and 100 percent of what I invest goes into the G Fund. I’m 37 years old. I started investing later, so I am behind, with a current balance of $11,000. Which fund should I have my money going into? I don’t want to work until I’m 70 because I failed to invest properly. I want to see my money grow so that when I do retire, I am comfortable.
Q. When I retired 5 years ago, I transferred all of my savings to the L Fund that was close to my life expectancy. I’ll be required to start withdrawing the RMD in 2018. With all of the uncertainty going on with the stock market, should I move the money I have left to the safe G Fund or stick with the L Fund for the long run?
Q. I’m a federal employee within about 5 years of retirement and am wondering about whether to revise the distribution of funds in the L 2020 fund in which I’m now invested ($127,000 balance). I was just told the rate of return in the G fund (to which the L 2020 fund currently allocates 44 percent) is quite poor and that I should consider reallocating funds out of the G fund — perhaps concentrating on the C, S and I funds. However, I’m aware of the need to invest conservatively with this short time horizon. Under these circumstances, would you advise…
Q. I am currently 100 percent invested in the 2030 L-fund, and I plan to retire within the next 4-5 years. Although I am concerned about maintaining my principle, I am just as concerned about inflation. Do you think it would be wise to switch to the 2020 fund now?
Q. I’m planning to retire as a federal law enforcement officer in March 2016 at age 50. I currently have all of my TSP invested in the L2020 fund. Others at Federal Times have recommended using the Lifecycle Fund that matches your life expectancy versus your target retirement year. I will be taking 72t life expectancy payments from my TSP beginning at age 50. Should I consider moving my TSP into the L2030 or L2040 funds? Is this more likely to make my TSP balance last longer into retirement?