It’s not always easy to predict where your career will take you. Maybe you’ve found yourself exploring new directions, taking on new opportunities or starting your own company. Whatever road you take, be sure to take your 401(k) along with you. Even if you’ve left behind several 401(k) plans in the past, a financial advisor can help consolidate them into one place.
Here are some options to consider with your 401(k) when you change jobs:
Option 1: Leave the funds with your former employer's plan
It sounds simple, but this may be a very costly choice. That’s because you might not have the option to add to the plan, nor make any allocation changes until you move the funds.
Option 2: Do a direct transfer of the funds to another 401(k)
Transitioning your funds to a new employer’s 401(k) may be an option you will want to consider. Check with your new employer for availability.
Option 3: Roll the funds into an IRA
An IRA will give you more control over your investment dollars and more investment options. If you have a deferred compensation plans such as a 457(b), it could be rolled into an IRA when employment ends if it qualifies for this action. This process depends on the deferred compensation administrator and the new IRA custodian, so be sure to check the details or ask your financial advisor for assistance.
Option 4: Cash out your 401(k) early and pay the penalties
Due to the tax implications and penalties, this is by far the most costly
option and one that should be taken as a last resort. Check with your tax professional first.
We can help
Whether you’re nearing retirement, or have some time to ponder the
options, we’re here to help. Please feel free to reach out Rahil Machiwalla. He is available to chat by phone or he can meet you for a complimentary appointment at any of our 1st United branches.
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