Browsing: MetLife

Q. I attended a seminar given by MetLife Financial people about Roth TSP, IRAs, etc., and was told that even if I am working at 70½ and not retired that I still have to make a withdrawal of my TSP percentage. However, in the booklet “Withdrawing Your TSP Account” on Page 3 under withdrawal deadlines, it states in the second sentence:  “If you are still a Federal employee employed at 70½, your required withdrawal must be by April 1 of the year following the year you separate.” I told the lady what our TSP booklet said, but she said it…

Q. On Oct. 10, 2009, you said that you could begin receiving fixed payments and switch to an annuity. On Nov. 8, 2010, you responded to a similar question with the opposite advice. I am trying to decide whether to take payments while hoping the providers’ rates improve or go to a fixed index annuity with another company. Is the decision to take payments in the Thrift Savings Plan irreversible? A. My Oct. 10, 2009, answer was incorrect. You may not end a series of automatic monthly payments with a TSP/MetLife annuity purchase. That option is only available when starting…

Q. I think I have heard that the Thrift Savings Plan annuity rate index for calculating monthly annuity amounts is tied to the 10-year treasury rate. For the past five months, the annuity rate has held at 2.125 percent while the 10-year treasury rate has fallen substantially below this. Can you help me understand the relationship between the two rates? Is there a “floor” in the annuity rate agreement with MetLife? A. The TSP annuity rate index is an eight-week moving average of the 10-year interest rate swaps, which are published by the Federal Reserve in statistical release H.15. You can find…

Q. I have 25 years in civil service. I have a Thrift Savings Plan account and, once I retire, do I get an annuity automatically or do I have to use the money in the TSP account to get that? Should I buy an annuity or just take a monthly payment from the TSP account? Not sure if I will have enough to retire. I heard that in FERS, the government gives an annuity and then you get TSP. But when I go to the website to estimate how much I have in the TSP, I do not see the…

Q. I have two questions on the Thrift Savings Plan MetLife annuity. On page 11, paragraph 1, under the heading, “How Your Annuity is Taxed,” in the TSP pamphlet, “Withdrawing your TSP Account After Leaving Federal Service” (June 2007), reads: “… your TSP annuity payments will be taxed as ordinary income in the years when you receive them.  However, these annuity payments are not subject to the IRS early withdrawal penalty, even if you are under age 55 when they begin.” As both my wife and I are under 55 and are considering an early out/buyout that has just been…

Q: In a recent response, you recommended a reader not take out an annuity using Thrift Savings Plan funds. Do you consider these annuities unsafe? I am thinking of taking an annuity when I retire to guarantee an income (along with my regular annuity and Social Security). I’m not sure that I would get enough through taking a set amount each month, or that it would last for the rest of my life. What do you see as the problems with the MetLife annuity? Are there fees for administering the account? A: Because it is an irreversible action, I generally…

Q: Could you please explain the MetLife choice we have for our TSP after we retire? I am trying to decide what to do with my TSP. I am retiring July 1 from the U.s. Postal Service. I would like to know what is the benefit of keeping my money in the TSP until 70 1/2 (I am 55) and what is the benefit of the Met life? I know nothing about this MetLife. Is it an insurance policy? I was always told not to invest in whole life insurance. Where can I read about the met life. Please give…

Q: I just retired under the early out option from the U.S. Postal Service, and want to start regular monthly withdrawals from the Thrift Savings Plan, until the MetLife annuity index rate goes up somewhat. Can I, at that point, change from monthly payments to an immediate annuity option, without any kind of penalty? I am 52 years of age. A: Yes. — Mike Miles