Author Mike Miles

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 and view his blog at

Q. My spouse is a U.S. Marshal retiring at age 51 with 28 years of service retiring next month. The question he has had a hard time getting answers to is transferring his TSP to an IRA and receiving monthly payments. He would like to transfer his TSP to an IRA to maximize his investment options, but is concerned if he takes immediate withdrawals that he will be forced to pay a penalty in addition to taxes. Is TSP the only option to taking immediate withdrawals before age 59.5? Can immediate withdrawals at 51 be made at firms such as…

Q. I am 56 with 32.5 years of FERS service and am getting ready to go home to the family ranch. I have about $550,000 in the TSP and most in the granny G fund. I want to basically draw the earnings after I hang it up. So, if I want to draw, say, $1,400 a month, can I do that, and am I able to adjust the draw, say, once a year?

Q. I am retired from federal service (age 63) and have a part-time job. Do IRS rules allow me to contribute to an existing Roth IRA I have had since the 1990s (up to $6,500 a year) as long as my earned income exceeds $6,500? Can my wife (age 60) contribute to her Roth IRA up to $6,500 also, as long as my part-time income exceeds that combined total? Does the fact that the company I work part-time for has a 401(k) plan that I contribute minimum to just for the match matter?

Q. Do you have suggestions as to any good books/blogs/websites to read in order to understand how to properly allocate my TSP funds? I am 26 years old and have been working in the federal sector for a little over a year. From everything I have read so far, I should invest most of my allocations into the C, S and I Funds because I can afford to take risk. I would like to know of any material that discusses TSP allocations in more detail.

Q. Where would I find the actual holdings in each of the TSP funds? What stocks, bonds, etc., are in the Target Funds, etc.? For financial planning, the firm we have hired would like a breakdown of what I’m holding in my account.

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