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Your Retirement Plan: Cash it, roll it, move it or leave it?

| March 23, 2016
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When it comes to your employer sponsored 401(k) plan, knowing your options goes a long way in helping make better decisions. If you are exploring your career options or perhaps planning ahead towards retirement, here are some options to consider.

When you change jobs, you may have the following options for your retirement savings account:

  1. Stay invested in your current plan
  2. Rollover your money to your new employer’s plan
  3. Move your eligible distribution to a Rollover IRA
  4. Take your distribution in cash

When you retire, you have three options:

  1. Remain invested in your previous employer’s plan (depending on the plan documents)
  2. Move your eligible distribution to a Rollover IRA
  3. Take your distribution in cash

In either situation, there are pros and cons. For example, if you choose to leave your retirement savings in your previous employer’s plan you may be subject to fees employees don’t have to pay. Or there may be a time limit on how long you can keep your savings in the plan. You may have to take your money out of the plan and either roll it into an IRA, which would be subject to contribution limits, or be forced to take a distribution, which could be subject to significant tax penalties. Also, if you have retirement savings in multiple accounts, ask me about consolidating those accounts to better maximize your retirement saving efforts.

If you need help in deciding what to do with your retirement savings account, please call me at 262-789-8784 so we can discuss which option may work best for your situation. Or, feel free to stop by next time you are in Brookfield, WI. I look forward to helping you make the best decision for your retirement plan money!

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