Browsing: interest rate

F Fund attractiveness


Q. Does the Fed’s announcement that it will not raise interest rates until unemployment reaches a specific target make the Thrift Savings Plan F Fund more attractive in the near term? A. To the extent that it reduces the probability that market interest rates will rise, it reduces the F Fund’s downside risk. With interest rates near zero, and most outstanding bonds trading at a premium, I’m not sure that I’d call the F Fund particularly attractive, however.

G Fund and economic collapse


Q. I assume a high inflation rate is in our near future, based on the high amount of money being printed. I also assume the economy could go into a greater depression when all the corresponding actions take place — high inflation, high interest rates, market crash, possible dollar collapse. Is the G Fund going to be safe through all of this? With it being a government-backed bond, what if the government defaults on all debt and can no longer borrow to keep the economy from collapsing? Is any money in the Thrift Savings Plan safe? Basically, can I move…

F Fund


Q. I am 61 and have $200,000 in the Thrift Savings Plan. I’m in process of transferring another $240,000 from an outside discount brokerage firm to my TSP. I would like to transfer all of the $240,000 to the F Fund. With interest rates possibly remaining low for another few years, is this a good move? When interest rates rise, how much will the F fund shares decrease? The bonds it holds are short and intermediate, so I’m assuming it won’t lose as much as if it held long-term bonds, but I’m not clear on how much I could lose. I’m trying to move…



Q. I have an IRA that guarantees me a 4.50 percent interest rate. I can roll over IRAs anytime. Very little fees if any. It is a variable annuity that I purchased in 1983 that has granted me the fixed income. I am thinking of rolling over my Thrift Savings Plan and only taking the required minimum distribution at the end of each year. I can take out money without any penalty except for taxes. There is also a good death benefit. There are no surrender fees. What are your thoughts? I am already 75 years old. A. The phrases…

Annuity interest rates


Q. I recently received my “FERS Your Personal Benefits Statement Based on your Account as of January 01, 2012.” It states, “As of December 31, 2011, your TSP account balance was $130,841.13. It goes on to say, “Assuming you continue TSP contributions [$877 per pay period] at the same rate and earnings on your account average 7% [Wow. How unrealistic is this!], your estimated TSP balance when you are first eligible to retire would be $158,107.” My current TSP balance is $137,000. It gives estimated Thrift Savings Plan monthly annuities as follows: If you retire at age 64, your single life annuity…

TSP withdrawal


Q. I’m 72, and I must make a decision on Thrift Savings Plan withdrawals. I do not need any additional monthly income. Is there any advice/guidance on what options are best to take? Is it better to take a TSP annuity or to purchase one from another insurance company? A. I don’t know why you’d use your TSP assets to buy an annuity if you don’t need income, particularly with interest rates so low. I suggest you manage your TSP and have them send you the Required Minimum Distribution each year. You can then reinvest the money, after taxes, in a taxable account.

Annuity may be best choice


Q: I retired in 2006 at the mandatory age of 57 under the Civil Service Retirement System/Federal Employees Retirement System. I am able to live comfortably on my monthly annuity and have not made any withdrawals from my Thrift Savings Plan account, which remains in the L2030 fund and now totals approximately $250,000. I would like to start withdrawing from the account in the next year or two to add to my quality of life, and not for living expenses. Does it make more sense to take monthly withdrawals rather than buying an annuity since I am not overly concerned…