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Q. I was speaking with a Thrift Savings Plan representative recently and they said that not all of my years working with the federal government were vested. I started my career with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), then went to DoD, and now I’m with the Department of Veterans Affairs. I have 25 years served all together with just one break in service of two years. Do I need to speak with each agency to see if I’m vested? A. From the TSP Bulletin 15-1: Thrift Savings Plan Vesting Requirements and the TSP Service Computation Date: The TSP Vesting…

Q. I have often read you stating to put your TSP in the L Fund most closely matching your expected life expectancy if you are not able to analyze the market (which I am not able nor willing to hire someone to do that). I am a former FERS employee, retired at age 56. I am now 59 and I only have $120,000 in my TSP and hope to wait until age 70 (or just leave it alone for my sons), if possible. I wondered if the L Fund most matching your life expectancy is suggested for a current employee…

Q. I’m a FERS employee. As I reach retirement and knowing about my retirement and Social Security, what is the best way to maximize my TSP? If I have $1 million in my TSP, would moving the money from the C Fund to the G Fund and implement the 4 percent rule without wavering on my withdrawals would I run out of money? If the G Fund pays 1-2 percent every year I still seem to leave this Earth with money remaining. Looking at 4 percent calculation models, if you’re making an average above the 4 percent you wind up…

Q. Do you see any advantage in periodically transferring funds from my 403b to my TSP? The 403b is invested in a life-cycle fund from Vanguard, so the fees I assume are pretty low. The only advantages I see are I currently have access to funds if needs in my TSP as I was a law enforcement officer and have provision to access this as I retired with over 20 years in federal law enforcement. But I don’t plan to withdraw for a long time (I’m 53) and perhaps the TSP fees are even lower then Vanguards? I assume transfers are…

Q. What is your opinion of the so called “bucket” investment strategy for retirement in the TSP, with a “now,” “soon” and “later” allocation? The now being a three-year time frame in the G Fund for a safe flow of income, the soon 3-5 year in the L-Income that would be less conservative and the later maybe investing in the Lifecycle Fund corresponding to life expectancy for more aggressive growth? I realize the allocations would have to be updated regularly. With such a strategy, would it be best to make adjustments monthly, quarterly or annually?

Q. Will the TSP allow retirement withdrawals by fund allocation? I want to set aside a portion of my account in the G Fund for secure monthly income. I would like to keep the remainder as a growth fund – primarily invested in stocks and bonds. I want to avoid drawing any percentage out of this growth fund during temporary or cyclical market reversals. If this withdrawal strategy is not allowed, is transferring funds out of TSP the only way to achieve my money management goals?

Q. I only did four years in the Marines and got out back in ’08. I totally forgot I had a TSP until I got an annual update for it in the mail. All my money is in the G Fund and only has a little over $8,000 in it. Should I leave it alone? Roll it into an IRA? Try and work with it and spread the money in there to the other funds? If so, which ones? I’m 32 years old, and still have plenty of years of being a wage slave ahead of me. The only thing…

Q. I am 66 years old and am retired. I have around $400,000 in my TSP. I am not planning to withdrawal until 2022. Currently, I have G Fund, C Fund, I Fund, etc. I am not sure if I should move all to G Fund or L2020.

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