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Federal and military employees will soon be able to choose from a wide selection of new investment alternatives for their retirement savings plans.
The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) administration said it would open a long-planned mutual fund “window,” enabling participants to access some 5,000 products provided by approximately 300 mutual fund companies and the index-based funds that TSP itself provides.
Some financial consultants who have coached government employees regarding their TSP funds have emphasized that the opportunity should be taken with prudence.
The TSP had more than 6.5 million account holders and $740 billion in investments, thanks to a law implemented in 2009 that authorized more expansive options for TSP. In addition to additional web services and security precautions, the TSP’s operational platform is being upgraded to include a mobile app.
To participate in the mutual fund window, investors must have at least $40,000 in assets, and no additional investments can exceed a quarter of an account’s total value, which is why only those with at least $40,000 in investments will be eligible.
Only roughly 350,000 of the almost 2.5 million current and former military people with accounts in the TSP have balances over that level.
There are also yearly fees of $150 and $28.75 per trade for mutual fund users due to a 2009 law that mandated that they pay for the fund window’s operations.
This is the TSP’s standard lineup of 5 funds that track broad stock and bond market indexes and funds that can be diversified by the predicted withdrawal date. There was a significant increase of choices before the approaching transition, including expanding the number of target-date funds from 5 to 10.
Over the years, several pieces of legislation have been filed in Congress to expand the TSP’s investment options or eliminate specific enterprises from its portfolio. As a result of political resistance, the program withdrew its original 2020 proposal to expand its fund monitoring overseas equities to cover markets in around 24 different nations.
It will be available to investors who fulfill eligibility requirements and will contain a screening tool that allows users to choose mutual funds fitting their criteria, including what the funds invest in and how much they charge for their services.
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