TSP defect


Q: I am 65 and plan to retire soon. I would like to stay in the TSP as a FERS retiree. However, the inability to withdraw money while taking a monthly distribution has me considering transferring to an IRA. Do you see any possibility that the TSP will change the inability to withdraw money as necessary while having monthly distributions?

A: Of course it’s possible. If you decide to roll over your balance, you would be smart to try to duplicate, as closely as possible, the advantages of the TSP in your IRA account. That means using low-cost index funds in a discount brokerage account.


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Mike Miles is a Certified Financial Planner licensee and principal adviser for Variplan LLC, an independent fiduciary in Vienna, Virginia. Email your financial questions to fedexperts@federaltimes.com and view his blog at money.federaltimes.com.

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