Thrift Savings Plan Options You May Not Be Taking Advantage Of

Submitted by John Cooney on Sep 5, 2019

Hopefully, if you are eligible for the TSP, you are taking advantage of all the benefits available to you.  Low fees, professionally managed funds, and new withdrawal rules aimed at giving you flexibility when taking your money out of your account are three main benefits to the TSP.  When contributing, you also need to be aware of the options available to you to maximize the tax efficiency and amount you are contributing.  Take a few minutes today to get to kno

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Make-Up Contributions to the TSP

Submitted by John Cooney on Jul 25, 2019

Federal Service employees, who also serve in the military, have access to some benefits with regards to the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) that can apply if the employee is required to leave their Federal job to perform military service.  This article will highlight the eligibility requirements, rules, and provide some examples to help you determine if this is a benefit that you can take advantage of.

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Changes Are Coming With The TSP Modernization Act

Submitted by John Cooney on May 14, 2019

Changes are coming to the Thrift Savings Plan and that is a good thing!  Whenever I talk to someone with a TSP account, they are usually pretty positive with the exception of one area, withdrawals.  The TSP is behind most other defined contribution plans with regards to flexibility in withdrawal options.  Luckily the Thrift Savings Board recognized this and forwarded some proposed changes to Congress and in 2017 the TSP Modernization A

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Give Your TSP a Yearly Check-Up

Submitted by johnnyc2id on Apr 16, 2019

Your Thrift Savings Plan account is an important part of your retirement income plan.  As with most retirement accounts, a lot of the responsibility for success will be on you and how much time, energy, and of course money that you put in to making it successful.  This article will provide some suggestions on what you can do on a yearly basis to put yourself in the best position to succeed.

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I Opted-In to the Blended Retirement System, Now What?

Submitted by John Cooney on Jan 6, 2019

The opt-in window for the Blended Retirement System (BRS) has come and gone.  You did your research, looked at both the legacy system and the BRS, calculated multiple scenarios with the BRS comparison calculator, and ultimately decided that opting-in to the new system was the best option for you.  Good for you, but now what?  This article will help outline some basic steps to make sure that you are making the most of the new system.  For those that chose to sta

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Window Closing for Service Members to Opt-In to The Blended Retirement System

Submitted by John Cooney on Nov 28, 2018

As we watch the calendar turn from November to December we may think of a few things; the holiday season and shopping for friends and family, the end of yet another year, and maybe the cold weather and snow.  This year, there is something else to think about too; the window to opt-in to the Department of Defense’s Blended Retirement System closes on 31 December 2018.  If you are a service member who is eligible to opt-in and still are not sure what you should d

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Military Reservists: Do You Qualify For Reduced Age Retirement?

Submitted by John Cooney on Nov 28, 2017

Everyone knows if you qualify for a retirement as a Military Reservist, your pension payments don’t begin until you turn 60, right?  Well, maybe not, if you were mobilized after January 2008, you may qualify for a reduced age retirement, which means that your pension payments can start as early as 50.  Included in the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act is a provision to begin payments early based on the number of days spent on Active Duty in support of the Global War on Terror or any of its derivatives on or after January 28th, 2008.

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