Q. I work for the Department of Interior and have accepted a VERA Early Out. I would like to take my whole TSP account and rollover to an IRA. Some say there is not a 10 percent penalty for simply rolling over to an IRA, and some say there will be a 10 percent penalty for rolling over to an IRA. I am age 50, which is why I’m asking.
Q. I will be retiring in 2019 under FERS. I’m not a pick fan of annuities but I have read in the past that the MetLife annuity tied into the TSP plan is relatively a good annuity with low costs. I also understand that this MetLife annuity might get even better and easier with the changes now being put into place under the new TSP distribution changes. Can you comment on this specifically?
Q. I am retired from the U.S. Postal Service. I have a Roth, TSP, some old brokerage accounts and too much cash. I’ve been trying to find a fee-only advisor, but the offered services are far more that I want to start out with; I only want advice on re-positioning my investments for today. Do you have any suggestions?
Q. I retired at age 62 with over $400,000 in my TSP account. I made a lump sum withdrawal in the amount of $120,000 to an annuity IRA account with Pacific Life through Edward Jones, which pays $500 for life and the account balance will never drop below the yearly gain (which holds its value at the account anniversary). The account value is now over $130,000. Upon my death the remaining funds are distributed to my beneficiaries. My Edward Jones financial advisor is suggesting that I consider transferring my TSP balance to an account with Edward Jones. Since I made…
Q. My plan is to retire on Dec. 31, 2018, at age 58 (under FERS). My TSP balance is just over $1 million. I plan to leave my TSP account with the federal government at this time. My current distribution in the account is as follows: G 8.83 percent; F 17.5 percent; C 31.5 percent; S 32.05 percent; and I 10.06 percent. How would you recommend that I reallocate my funds before I retire?
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. My agency, Veterans Affairs, is firing many employees for performance under the VA accountability act. I have 28 years of service after buying back seven years of military service and am 49. Will I get non-reduced retirement and access to my TSP withdrawals if I am given involuntary separation due to performance?