Ask The Experts: Money Matters

By Mike Miles

TSP dilemma

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Q. I’ve been reading your Q&A as well as information on tsp.gov and still do not have a full understanding of my dilemma. I have about $225,000 in TSP and would like to use it to supplement my CSRS pension when I retire at age 56. I’m confused about what happens to my balance once I start the monthly payments option. Would I continue to receive earnings on the the remaining balance at its current distribution? Can I change the distribution in the future? If not, would I be better off rolling TSP over to an IRA somewhere?A. Your balance continues to be invested according to your direction for as long as you maintain the account.

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