Why choose the Thrift Savings Plan?
The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is a retirement savings vehicle designed to help federal and postal employees increase their resources when planning for retirement. But why not take your earnings from the federal government and take your chances in the open market? Maybe you could do better and your money could grow faster or maybe not.
The TSP is an easy way to save with little or no strain and stress on the employee. TSP contributions are payroll deductible once you sign up to participate in the TSP. The TSP offers extremely low administrative fees which external investment firms cannot match. Vanguard which has probably the lowest expense ratios available to investors are still higher than the expense ratio for the Thrift Savings Plan.
Your TSP Account also provides a fund where you will never lose money, the TSP G Fund. The G Fund, Government secured allows participants to earn interest without any risk or loss of principal. There is also very low earnings in the G Fund with only very modest inflationary protection (speak to a TSP expert or licensed and trained financial professional).
So why the TSP, because it offers participants the best way to safely plan for their retirement future while still employed. If you know what the rule of 72 is and how it related to compounding interest; interest built on top of interest that helps your money grow faster. That is yet another advantage offered by the TSP is the fact that while your money is within it or rolled over into an IRA your TSP interest and earnings are tax-deferred.
With the TSP you get to choose the level of contribution you wish to make. Although, employees currently joining the federal service are automatically enrolled in the TSP at a contribution level of 3%, you have the option of disenrollment. But why would you want to? The TSP is hands down the best way for federal employees to start early managing their retirement future.
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