TSP vs. Roth IRA


Q. I’m 27 and contribute 5 percent of my income to the Thrift Savings Plan, which I have in the C and I funds. I’m considering opening a Roth IRA, as well as investing in an aggressive growth mutual fund. Would I be better off just increasing my TSP contributions?

A. If you insist on long-shot betting — making bets that are more likely to lose than to win — you’ll have to go outside TSP. If you want an aggressive investment that maximizes your risk-adjusted expected returns, try the TSP’s S Fund.


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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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