TSP (Finally) to offer Mutual Funds- Good Idea?


Thrift Savings Plan Guidance for Federal Furlough

TSP’s Executive Director is having a change of heart.

Recently the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (FRTIB – the group who runs the TSP) announced that it will finally (and they really mean it this time) consider adding a Mutual Fund Window option to the TSP.    FRTIB is commencing a study that will last through 2015 on how best to implement the Mutual Fund Window option.   (Continue reading…) →

OPM announces FEHB Premium Hikes for 2015


FEHB OPM Health Care Rates 2014

Happy Open Season, everyone!

OPM announced its Federal Employee Health Benefit (FEHB) rate hikes for 2015 FEHB Open Season.

OPM states that the average rate hike is 3.2 percent, which is not too bad.  The real news is not quite this good-  Since none of the ‘averages’ are participation-weighted (that is, they pay no attention to what FEHB plans Feds actually select),  the averages provided by OPM, GovExec, and FedTimes are essentially useless.

I’ll give you the only statistic that matters here, the one that applies to 40 percent of Feds.  (Continue reading…) →

3 in 4 Feds Forsake Maximum TSP Benefit


Federal Furlough Sequestration Survival Guide

Not taking full advantage of your TSP Benefit?  Hope you like the taste of these in Retirement.

IRS recently increased the amount employees may contribute to their employer’s ‘Qualified Plan’ (That is, 401k, 403b, 457b, TSP… Just about any Defined Contribution Plan that starts with the number ’4′) to $18,000 per year in 2015 (up from $17,500 in 2014).

Hey, Feds- Does anybody care?  It appears fewer than 1 in 4 of you do… (Continue reading…) →

GAO Says There is Too Much Money in your TSP/401k/IRA


TSP Hardship Withdrawal Costs

Recently the non-partisan (cough, cough) GAO conducted a study investigating large (> $5 Million) IRA balances.

According to WSJ, this study was prompted by the disclosures of Mitt Romney and Silicon Valley entrepreneur Max Levchin that they each have IRA balances worth tens on millions.

The GAO concluded in its preliminary study (GAO-14-878T):

In 2014, the federal government will forgo (emphasis mine) an estimated $17.5 billion in tax revenue from IRAs.

GAO will release a separate report with its final results on individual retirement accounts later this fall.

What prompted this study? Congress is reportedly upset about the super-sized IRA balances because (according to GAO) :

Congress limited annual contributions to IRAs to prevent the tax-favored accumulation of unduly large balances, but concerns have been raised that tax benefits accrue primarily for higher -income individuals.

Back to the cases of Mitt and Max… (Continue reading…) →