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  1. Gesh

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    Yes indeed. Large county starting with F, in northern part of southern state starting with a V. Thanks for the tip. We'll look into the 457b plan from Great Western and put off the lady (whom I haven't met in person) from ING. I may email her and ask abotu the 403b bidding in the county. I'l let you know what she says.
  2. Gesh

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    Thanks Dan. It looks like the 457b plan provider is Great Western. There are a few options for the 403b - ING (whom I contacted, really at random), Financial Directors, LLC, Horace Mann, AIG, Lincoln Financial Group, and Metlife. I certainly agree that the TSP is very inexpensive and well-run. Too bad I wasn't smarter with my own account (meaning, more consservative).
  3. Hello. Just found this site and would love some help on basics. Although I have maxed my contributions to my federal TSP, I want to get my wife started on a plan and we can use some more tax deferrals. She works for a public school that offers 403b plans and 457b plans. We have been in email contact (that I started) with a polite but aggressive financial planner who works for ING, one of the county's 403b providers. She sent a folio with lots of investment options but fees are confusing. I will ask of course before we enroll, likely next week, but my basic questions are: Which is less expensive for us, a 403b or a 457b? Is ING considered a solid 403b provider? If we opt for some type of fixed investment plan at least until the market seems smoother (the ING rep says they have a guaranteed 4% return on a plan), will fees eat up a sizable portion. Your help is very much appreciated.
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