Ask The Experts: Money Matters

By Mike Miles

TSP to Roth IRA

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Q. What are the negatives and positives as far as changing a Thrift Savings Plan account to a Roth IRA?

A. The negatives are that you have to pay taxes now and that you’ll likely incur higher investment costs, greater investment risk, or both in a Roth IRA. The positives might include an advantage if your tax rate rises sufficiently between the time you convert and the time you ultimately withdraw your money from the Roth IRA.

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