Browsing: TSP

Q. What is considered a good percentage to withdraw from your TSP beginning at age 56? I’m married, so we have dual TSPs and dual pensions. Is there a formula that is generally accepted? I was considering 3 to 4 percent a year and have my funds in the L2020 and L2030 at this time. A. There is no generally safe rate higher than zero since the answer will depend upon how you manage the money along the way.

Q. To calculate the monthly installment and figure how many months before you deplete your account, what is a reasonable rate of return to insert into the calculator? Or is there a better way to figure this out? A. You’ve pointed out the problem that makes this calculator useless at best and dangerous at worst. Competently run Monte Carlo Simulation is needed to figure this out. Without that and some corresponding account management, you should consider using your funds to buy a fixed immediate annuity to provide lifetime income.

Q. I’m a non-career SES (presidential appointee). How many years must I work in the federal government to be eligible for a FERS-FRAE pension and for the entire 5 percent federal contribution to my TSP if I am involuntarily separated? A. Most FERS participants are vested in Agency Automatic (1 percent) Contributions after completing 3 years of service. FERS employees in congressional and certain noncareer positions become vested in Agency Automatic (1 percent) Contributions after 2 years of service. BRS members become vested in Service Automatic (1 percent) Contributions after 2 years of service. If you leave government service before…

Q. Does it make since to invest in more than one TSP L Fund? I will be retiring within the next 5 to 10 years. I have a portfolio value of $420,000. I moved all of my money from 75 percent C stock fund and 25 percent F bond fund to 100 percent G fund trying to protect my assets during the first week of January to plan for a market correction. The market is still doing well and I regret that I moved all money to the G fund. I am going to move all money to the L2030 fund,…

Q. I’m a CSRS employee with an active TSP account, but I have not contributed to my account through payroll deductions in several years. I’m over 60 years old and eligible for catch-up contributions. Can I make a one-time cash contribution this year and, if so, what is the maximum amount? I’d like to move funds from a low-paying IRA savings account into TSP for better returns. A. You may not make a lump-sum cash contribution to your TSP account. Your options are payroll deferral or transfer of qualified funds from an IRA account.

Q. My late husband was a FERS retiree when he passed in 2017. I am also a federal employee, but am under CSRS. I’m planning to retire soon, and am wondering if I have our TSP funds in the correct L Funds. I was told it should correspond to your retirement year, but just read that it should be based on my life expectancy. Which is accurate? Also, is it correct that if I withdraw from my husband’s TSP it would not be subject to the 10 percent penalty? A. There is no “accurate” or correct way to choose an…

Q. I have a couple nickels in the Thrift Savings Plan and I am very concerned about a turnaround that I believe is coming. Where to do I information as to how much of my TSP can be moved to another IRA or secured account for better growth? Will it hurt me to remove most and leave a little? Where I find answers about moving my current funds, and starting a fresh minimalist account? A. The rules governing the TSP are available at www.tsp.gov. There is no need to move your money out of the TSP to secure it against…

Q. I am currently working, have both a Traditional and Roth TSP but will be subject to required minimum distribution upon retirement. The five-year Roth requirement will not be satisfied by the time I retire. I would like to transfer the entire Roth account, both qualified and nonqualified, to an outside Roth IRA before I retire to avoid paying RMD on the Roth portion. Can I do this without penalty, or am I limited to transferring the qualified portion only?  A. Rolling money over from the TSP to an IRA should be free from any penalty, if you do it…

Q. I am 58 years old and seeking retirement soon after my 62nd birthday. I would like to withdraw my Thrift Savings Plan when I am 59 1/2, in a lump sum. How much will I have to pay in penalties and taxes?   A. It sounds like you will be taking an age-based, in-service withdrawal. The amount withdrawn from your Traditional account will be taxed as Ordinary Income. There will be no penalty for early withdrawal.

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