Questions on Rolling your 401K?
If you’ve been contributing to a 401K (or other defined benefit plan) at your place of employment, we applaud you for taking steps towards securing your retirement! Many companies offer a match on a portion of your contributions…which is like FREE MONEY to you.
Be careful though, as 401K’s can lose value in market downturns. Also, many of these plans are full of fees that can eat away at your balance, even in negative years.
As you get closer to retirement you may want to consider rolling all, or a portion of your 401K into an IRA to give yourself more flexibility on how your money is invested. Rules vary from company to company on rollovers, but generally your plan administrator may allow you to move your funds out of the 401K if you are over the age of 59 ½,, even if you are still working and contributing. Certainly, if you have left your employer, you will have the option of rolling the 401K.
Some plan administrators require their own paperwork, and others will accept transfer requests from another financial institution. Each company is different.
When you work with a Wealth Planner to roll over your 401K, 403B, 457, or Thrift Savings Plan, we will assist you with all of the necessary paperwork and help to simplify the process. We help our clients with hundreds of rollovers each year, and we would appreciate the opportunity to assist you as well.
Don’t wait until the next Stock Market Crash to move your 401K into safety! Otherwise, You may find yourself working longer than planned to recoup your losses.
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