Browsing: life expectancy

Q. I’ve been retired for a few years and I’ve put 100 percent of what I have in to the C Fund that was closest to my life expectancy. I know I can’t purchase any more shares and that the way I make money is for the value of the shares to rise. I’ve been told that if I roll my Thrift Savings Plan account over to a company such as Fidelity, Schwab or Vanguard  my monthly dividends would buy more shares and not only would my funds increase but my shares would too. A. I don’t see a question…

Q. I am the CSRS retiree who turned 70 years old in July. My email was posted Aug. 19. Boy, you have a way of really making a person feel small and stupid. I chose to start withdrawing my money so I wouldn’t have to be concerned about the 70½ deadline. These withdrawals were based on my life expectancy, and I knowingly started withdrawing my money a little ahead of time. I have not concluded that I am not receiving any gain from the G Fund with the Thrift Savings Plan. I wondered why I was taking such a significant…

Q. 1. I am retired at 52. If I take a life expectancy withdrawal through the Thrift Savings Plan from now until I reach 59½, can I then roll over the balance of my account to a privately held traditional TSP such as Vanguard? Or does taking the life expectancy withdrawal through the TSP commit me to them for life? 2. If I receive life expectancy withdrawals now through the TSP, can I still take a partial withdrawal (amount of my choosing) when I am 59½ without the 10 percent penalty? 3.  If I roll over my entire TSP account now to a…

Q. I am a FERS retiree who is below the age of RMD. I’ve often heard that a good way to invest TSP dollars is to choose the L Fund that corresponds with one’s life expectancy. My health and life outlook and family health history are pretty excellent. My personal assessment of my life expectancy is about 99 years. This would have me using the L 2050 fund. Is this foolishness? Should the L fund selected be strictly the actuarial or TSP-calculated life expectancy, rather than one’s own assessment of same? A. I think that, as long as your own…

Q. Thank you for your answer on my question of investing my 100 percent G Fund into an L Fund. You recommended choosing an L that corresponds to my life expectancy. I expect to retire in about a year, will have about $500,000 outside of the fund after I transfer my 401(k) into the fund. My FERS will be about $1,000 a month, and I will defer drawing Social Security until after 67, maybe wait until 70 (I am 64). The issue is life expectancy. Our family tends to live into its 90s. I am thinking that the L2020 may…

Q. I am 31 years old and have five years of federal service. I am a GS-12, Step 3. I contribute 7 percent to the Thrift Savings Plan but have not done anything with the allocation: 100 percent to the G Fund. I have tried to determine the best allocation on my own, but there is too much information out there. I know that I need to do something now. I was thinking about 40 percent C Fund, 30 percent S Fund, 15 percent I Fund, 10 percent F Fund and 5 percent G Fund. Would this be a good start to set…

Q. I turn 70½ this year and want to start Required Minimum Distribution withdrawals from the Thrift Savings Plan based on life expectancy. 1. Starting withdrawals now will not equal the total RMD amount required for the year (since withdrawals are paid monthly). Will TSP issue a “catch-up” payment before Dec. 31 to fulfill the total RMD? 2. My TSP account is allocated among all five TSP funds (based on percentages advised by financial adviser). Will TSP apportion the RMD from all of those funds and keep my designated allocation percentages? 3. TSP told me it will not withhold taxes on my RMD…

Q. I’ve been putting money into the C Fund and S Fund but keep 50 percent in the G Fund. I’m not doing too well. I move it when the stock market dips and put it back when it rises. Can I put all of my money into an L Fund and get better results? If so, which one? I plan to retire in 15 years. A. Really, selling after the market drops and buying after it rises isn’t working out too well? Go figure. Identifying and applying the asset allocation scheme that meets your needs with a minimum of risk would…

Q. I expect to retire at 65 and live at least to 90 (longevity runs in my family). The L Fund documentation recommends choosing a fund with a target date that closely matches your retirement date, while your advice column consistently recommends a date that corresponds to your life expectancy. The earlier date would obviously lessen portfolio investment risk. Assuming I will have enough money at retirement to survive for 25 years, is there another reason that you prefer the life expectancy date? A. I have always recommended that you use the lowest risk investment strategy that will safely fund your goals. Which…

Q. I am coming up on 10 years in the federal government and have not done a good job with my Thrift Savings Plan. I have left it at 100 percent in the G Fund, contributing 5 percent of my salary to TSP. I am now looking to maximize my TSP contribution (although perhaps not right away; I am considering increasing it to 8 percent this year and the upping it again next year until I’ve maxed it out). I was planning to put the additional contribution this year into the L Fund. I am almost 35, will soon have…