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3 Important Reasons to Roll Your 401k into an IRA

Rolling a 401k into an IRA is a simple process. When making the decision to roll a 401k, remember that it's crucial to weigh potential benefits against drawbacks. Each 401k is different. This means that the benefits or drawbacks of rolling will depend on the plan itself. Our discussion is focused on benefits of rolling that are pretty much universal. Generally, you will find that you will have lower fees in an IRA than you do in a 401k. Consolidating diverse retirement plans into one IRA will also simplify your financial and estate planning efforts. You will also have a wider range of investment options in an IRA than in a 401k.

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Here are the top 3 reasons for rolling a 401k into an IRA.

Lower Fees: 401(k) plans have higher fees compared to IRAs. By rolling over into an IRA, investors may have access to lower-cost investment options and potentially reduce management fees and administrative expenses, ultimately maximizing the returns on their retirement savings over the long term.

Consolidation and Simplification: If an individual has had multiple jobs throughout their career, they may have accumulated several 401(k) accounts with different providers. Consolidating these accounts into a single IRA can streamline retirement planning and make it easier to manage investments. You have more control and through that, more flexibility to track performance, and adjust asset allocation strategies as needed.

More Investment Options: 401(k) plans often have a limited selection of investment options chosen by the employer. Rolling over into an IRA opens up a much wider array of investment choices, including stocks, bonds, mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, real estate investment trusts and more. This flexibility allows investors to tailor their portfolio to their individual risk tolerance, time horizon, and investment objectives.

Remember: It's crucial to weigh these potential benefits against the drawbacks before making a decision.

Ultimately, the decision to perform an IRA rollover should consider individual circumstances. You have choices about what to do with your employer-sponsored retirement plan accounts. Depending on your financial circumstances, needs and goals, you may choose to roll over to an IRA or convert to a Roth IRA, roll over an employer-sponsored plan from your old job to your new employer, take a distribution, or leave the account where it is. Each choice may offer different investment options and services, fees and expenses, withdrawal options, required minimum distributions, tax treatment, and different types of protection from creditors and legal judgments. These are complex choices and should be considered with care.

The information contained in this Higgins Capital communication is provided for information purposes and is not a solicitation or offer to buy or sell any securities or related financial instruments in any jurisdiction. Past performance does not guarantee future results.