Browsing: Social Security

Q. I am under the FERS system, age 57 with 30 years of service. I am eligible to retire but will probably work another two years and retire at 59. I know that you recommend leaving TSP untapped for as long as possible. If I do this, I would need to take Social Security at 62 to make ends meet. Is this a good strategy? Many financial planners recommend waiting as long as possible to draw Social Security, so I am not sure which strategy makes the most sense.

Q. I am employed by the federal government under the CSRS system, with 44 years of service. My ex-husband recently died in December 2017 and I am getting his Social Security benefits of $1,365 per month. If I retired at the end of December 2018 would I still continue to get his SSI benefits at that same amount or would they be drastically cut, or I may not even get any? My ex-husband never worked for the federal government; he was only a veteran. I only have 24 credits worked toward my SSI benefits.

Q. I plan to retire at 63 or 64, but because I came into the government late (12 years ago) my pension will not be that big. Would it be better to drawn from my TSP and claim Social Security at my full retirement age (66 and 4 months) or claim it at 64 and only withdraw from TSP as needed?

Q. I’m a 71-year-old DAC who will be retiring in June 2019. Presently, I have $1,045,000 in the TSP. When I retire, I will have the following other sources of annual income: military retirement ~$37,000 annual (w/SBP option); Social Security ~$29,000; FERS annuity $29,000 (s/100% option, which is half); and my TSP (wife is beneficiary). My wife is 55 years old retired DAC with an annual annuity of ~$14,000. She also have $450,000 in her TSP account. She will be receiving at age 56 a Social Security supplement of ~$9,000 until the age of 62.  With the differences in my wife…

Q. I plan to retire in 2019 at age 62 with $1.3 million in my Thrift Savings Plan. I am thinking that I will withdraw from the TSP more heavily in my first 8 years of retirement and wait until 70 to collect Social Security, because of the guaranteed 8 percent return rate. But I realize Social Security benefits may decrease or be limited in the future. And, obviously, if I die sooner rather than later, my survivors take a hit and the government doesn’t pay anything. Thoughts?

Q. I’m a federal employee under FERS with a little bit of 11 years of service. I retired active-duty Army, receiving retirement active-duty annuity and disability pay from the Veterans Health Administration. I have no loans through TSP and will have a balance of about $95,000 when I intend to retire in June of this year at my minimum retirement age of 56. I intend to depend significantly upon TSP, $1,000 plus a month, until I reach the age of 62, when my Social Security will start paying out. What would be the consequences of beginning receiving monthly payments prior…

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