Q. You often express the virtues of the TSP, such as simplicity and low fees, but you also cite that the TSP offers eligible investors (i.e., federal employees, retirees and survivors) the unique G Fund. Besides being composed of “special-issue” Treasury bonds, can you elaborate on why the G Fund is a unique and valuable tool for managing ones portfolio and how one can best use the G Fund?
Q. I’m retired, and for 2017, I increased the amount I’m taking out in monthly TSP withdrawals. I received a letter today from TSP acknowledging my payment had increased, the correct amount and the number of months these payments are expected to last. The letter went on to say if my payments are expected to last less than 120 months, they’re considered eligible rollover distributions, not periodic payment for tax purposes. I really don’t know what this means, but somehow I suspect it means I’ll pay more in taxes. Can you shed light on this?
Q. I’m 52 years old with 31 years of U.S. Postal Service time. I am contemplating leaving my federal job early. I know my minimum retirement age is 56. I would like to keep my health insurance and life insurance for my family. What are my options at this point? Deferred or postponed? Will I be able to still receive my Social Security supplement at 56? What about the money in my TSP and FERS accounts?
Q. If I elect a set monthly withdrawal instead of an annuity, what happens if I should pass away before I have taken all of my TSP? Do I have to take the annuity option for my spouse to receive any survivor benefit or the remaining balance?
Q. My wife and I are both 36-year-old federal employees. We both contribute the max contribution to our TSP accounts — $18,000. Additionally, we each invest $5,500 in separate Roth IRA life cycle mutual funds through USAA. Combined, we have about $600,000 in our TSP accounts and about $100,000 in our IRA accounts. We live a rather frugal life, and started investing later in life due to grad school, so we are looking for ideas on additional avenues of investment when all other tax advantaged investment vehicles are maxed out. Do you have any advice for our situation?
Q. I am retiring in 15 months with 34 years of service at age 56. I am downsizing my house for a lower house note. I have enough in my TSP to purchase a home. Is this a good idea? The note on the house would be equal to what I would receive from my TSP. I will still have my FERS supplement and my FERS.
Q. I inherited part of a TSP account and got a check, with tax already withheld. Do I still have to pay state tax as well? I’m from Pennsylvania, and the TSP account is from my uncle who lived in Florida.
Q. Retirees who remain in the TSP cannot make contributions into the various funds, but they can make interfund transfers (IFT) and redistribute their money into different funds. Are retirees subject to the same TSP rule that no more than two IFTs can be done per month, or are retirees subject to a different rule regarding the number of times they can make such transfers?