Q. I retired as CSRS in 2015 and have a TSP account. I’ve recently decided to hire a financial planner and he recommends to “link” my accounts (savings, IRA, TSP) to a financial management tool that consolidates & updates your investments in order to get a total view of your accounts in one location for analysis. This necessitates providing my user IDs and passwords via secure encryption. The tool does not “store” the user ID or passwords. These tools seem rather common in the financial planning profession. I still have hesitation in providing my info via a tool. Would you…
Q. Theoretical case: If a retiree has a $10,000 per year SRS benefit then works part-time earning $40,000 per year, can the retiree place all or most of post retirement earnings into employers tax-deferred account, therefore not impacting SRS earnings test? The desired result would be to not have any earnings or insignificant earnings, thereby retaining $10,000 per year SRS benefit while also generating $40,000 tax-deferred account. I think the IRS annual deferral limit is approximately $54,000. Thoughts?
Q. I retired three years ago and put my TSP funds in the L fund. I will be 70 years old in November. Should I move my money into the L 2020 fund, since I noticed that the rate of return is significantly higher and I will not be needing to take money from the TSP until I am 70 ½ years old?
Q. I am 78, I’ve been with a federal agency for 35 years and have been collecting Social Security for almost five years. Is it beneficial to apply for disability retirement? Will it have any impact on my Social Security? Or any impact my TSP?
Q. I am 57 years old and relatively new to the federal work force, having been in it three years so far. I plan and frankly need to work until that golden age of 72 1/2. That leaves a whopping 15 years until retirement. I currently invest 80 percent of my contributions to the L2030 and 20 percent to the L2040. I am considering allocations into the L2050 funds. I am, of course, looking for the potentially biggest bang for the buck. What are your thoughts?
Q. I am planning to retire at the end of the year. Can I still transfer the money in my Voluntary Contribution Plan (apart from the interest) into an existing Roth IRA? I heard that Congress was considering disallowing that move.
Q. I am 56 years old, and a widow. I’m working my fourth year as a U.S. Postal Service regular carrier. I worked five years as a rural carrier associate before that, one full year as a sub on my primary sub route, where the regular was not there. As I understand it, I have to work five years in order to be vested in my TSP contributions. True?
Q. I plan on retiring at the end of 2019. At that time I will have over 30 years of service and be over my minimum retirement age (MRA) at 58 years old. My question is, if I meet the MRA and years of service requirement, can I withdraw from TSP prior to turning 59 1/2 without penalty?
Q. I retired under discontinued service retirement in 2015, however, I was under the minimum retirement age of 55. I have applied for disability retirement, which I’m still waiting for the Office of Personnel Management to approve. How long should I expect he process to take? Can I do anything to help speed up the process? I have been declared disabled by two physicians and provided all requested documentation to OPM. Separately, can I start making withdrawals from the TSP? Can I make multiple withdrawals as funds are needed? Can I take the option for equal monthly installments and then periodically…
Q. I hope to retire at the end of this year. I have 33 years in the U.S. Postal Service and will be 56. I understand there is no early penalty for TSP withdrawals for USPS employees. I live in New York. Is there a rule about withdrawing money from the TSP without an early penalty before 59½ years old?