Browsing: I Fund

Q. What is the annual withdrawal strategy that would allow me to avoid selling stock shares (C,S,I) during years that the market is down? I’m sure I read in “Money Matters” a strategy where a person could avoid a sequence of withdrawals disaster early in retirement by moving to the F and G Funds just prior to the annual withdrawal then back to stock shares immediately after the withdrawal. If there is such a strategy, could you explain it more specifically? A. Here’s the article I wrote for the Federal Times in 2016: How to Take a Selective Withdrawal Your…

Q. I’m trying to find out whatever happened to the additional TSP fund options (additional mutual funds offering more diversity for an additional cost) that were supposed to be offered. Also, I understand that the I Fund will be based on a new index. How will that impact it? A. I can find no official word that either of these proposals is being implemented.

Q. I currently have a TSP account as an FERS employee, with 100 percent is in the L2040 Fund since I started almost 3 years ago. I have a long way until retirement, as I am 37 years old. Someone said I should do the “CSI,”  which would be C Fund=40 percent; S Fund=40 percent; I Fund=20 percent, but I’m not sure what that even means.  I would like to look forward to a comfortable retirement so suggestions are welcome and much appreciated! A. You should ask the “someone” whether they will take responsibility for the outcomes their advice will produce.…

Q. I am wondering how Lifecycle Funds value are determined. For instance, the L2050 Fund is less expensive than the L2020 Fund and the L2050 is the more aggressive fund meaning it has a higher percentage of C, I and S. I don’t understand how this works. Additionally, I tabulated each of the L funds by taking the percent allocation multiplied by the cost of the fund and it is less expensive for me to allocate the same percentages of any of the L funds (outside of L2050) directly versus the subsequent L fund. For example, as of this [April…

Q. I am a federal employee under CSRS, eligible to retire with max benefits in 2024 (41 years and 11 months) at the age of 60. My TSP distribution is 50 percent L 2020, 15 percent C fund, 15 percent S and 15 percent I funds. At the close of 2018 my balance was $340,295, which reflects a loss of $47,753. Should I move everything to the L Fund?

Q. My plan is to retire on Dec. 31, 2018, at age 58 (under FERS). My TSP balance is just over $1 million. I plan to leave my TSP account with the federal government at this time. My current distribution in the account is as follows: G 8.83 percent; F 17.5 percent; C 31.5 percent; S 32.05 percent; and I 10.06 percent. How would you recommend that I reallocate my funds before I retire?

Q. When you lose money in the TSP C,S or I Funds (during a correction or crash), is it only on paper and only temporary until the market rises again at some point? The only time you really lose money is when you sell in a down market and “lock” in your losses, correct?

Q. I’m a 65-year-old retiree under CSRS, have about $175,000 in TSP and do not plan on withdrawing from TSP until age 70. As a conservative investor, I currently have money in the G, C and I Funds hoping to have some money in a safer fund and some in which I can see a better return. With the current market downturn and the future predictions, I’m unsure where I should be investing. I don’t want to put everything in the G Fund, but I don’t want to put too much of my money at too high a risk. Any…

Q. The continued drop of the stock market (and therefore the C, S and I Funds) is scaring me and I want to preserve the gains I had in 2017. I just reallocated my TSP balance to C, S and I Funds on January 29, moving from an L Fund allocation. I change my allocation every year in January, but in hindsight it was a bad decision this time. If I have, say, $200,000 today, will an interfund transfer to the G Fund show my TSP balance to be $200,000 tomorrow? I want to stop my TSP balance from dropping…

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