401k Rollover Options If You Lose Your Job

By Tracy Lister

A 401k is a means of retirement plan granted by employers to their employees. No income tax is charged over the money until the person withdraws it during retirement. A 401k rollover happens when an employee resigns and decides to make changes with his retirement plan, and then reallocates the money.

If ever you come to this point of making changes to your retirement savings, remember to take into account all possibilities. When unsure, you can see a financial planner to help you understand each possibility better, so you can make a well-informed choice.

One way to make a 401k rollover is to transfer the money from employer-funded 401k account to a 401K to an Individual Retirement Account (IRA). Through IRA, your savings will be tax deferred plus you can choose whatever investment that fits your long term goal.

There is a wide variety of investment options to choose from with a brokerage or mutual fund company IRA when compared to an employer-sponsored 401k plan. It is your option when choosing a brokerage firm or mutual fund company but I always suggest finding someone that you can trust. It would not be good for someone you don't trust handling your 401k money. After all, this is your life and retirement savings.

You can opt to shift the retirement funds into a fixed or variable annuity. This option would ensure you are provided with a retirement account with tax shelter benefits until your retirement while you're also granted with sure, steady income upon retirement.

Another option available is when you change employer and you want to move your 401k from your previous employer to your current one. The 401k will be assumed and will have to follow the available investment options and rules of the new account. - 31970

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