Q. The TSP L Funds are going to be more aggressive going forward and are also increasing the amount allocated to the I Fund. Does this change your recommendation to choose the L Fund closest to your life expectancy?
Q. I’m retiring soon at 60 years of age and 30 years. I have TSP savings of about $600,000 in the L2020. My monthly retirement annuity before taxes is estimated at $3,971, which includes $1,414 in the Social Security supplement. My mortgage is $260,000 and I am paying $1,889 a month with a balloon payment due in 2022 for $244,380. The interest rate is 4.99 percent (as is the APR) with total interest percentage (TIP) of 32.9 percent. I need advice on whether to withdraw $260,000 from my TSP and pay off the mortgage or leave it. I’ll need to…
Q. I am planning to retire soon. I have over 200 hours annual leave. Is it better financially to take the lump sum for the annual leave or use one month annual leave and extend my time of service one more month (and receive a lot smaller lump sum payout)?
Q. I am 59 years of age and will retire with 35 years of federal service (FERS) in five years. I have approx $250,000 in TSP. An advisor wants me to rollover $200,000 of my TSP funds into a fixed index annuity with ATHENE. He states if the market goes down it will not affect my monthly allotment. Why would I do this if TSP offers an annuity as well (single life) with lower overhead and surrender fees? In other words, is a fixed index annuity a better option than TSP’s single life annuity?
Q. I am retired from the U.S. Postal Service. I have a Roth, TSP, some old brokerage accounts and too much cash. I’ve been trying to find a fee-only advisor, but the offered services are far more that I want to start out with; I only want advice on re-positioning my investments for today. Do you have any suggestions?
Q. I understand that earned income (i.e., wages from a job) above a threshold may reduce or eliminate the special retirement supplement (SRS). What about passive forms of income from interest, dividends or rent?
Q. I retired at age 62 with over $400,000 in my TSP account. I made a lump sum withdrawal in the amount of $120,000 to an annuity IRA account with Pacific Life through Edward Jones, which pays $500 for life and the account balance will never drop below the yearly gain (which holds its value at the account anniversary). The account value is now over $130,000. Upon my death the remaining funds are distributed to my beneficiaries. My Edward Jones financial advisor is suggesting that I consider transferring my TSP balance to an account with Edward Jones. Since I made…
Q. Many years ago I withdrew money from a previous employers retirement system (not federal) and rolled over to a private mutual fund company, where the fund was put into a 403(b) and tagged with a USDA title. It is not an account associated with USDA, but since I was starting work with USDA at the time somehow that label got assigned to the account. I want to roll over these funds from the current private mutual fund company to another private mutual fund company. The first company said I can’t do it until a live qualifying event happens, but…
Q. My wife and I contribute 18 percent to TSP (Roth) but also have five outside funds (1 mutual fund, 2 Roth IRA’s, 2 traditional IRA’s) that we no longer contribute to. I am retiring soon; however, my wife will work another three years. Would you recommend rolling them into our TSP (L2030)?