A 401(k) account is a tax-deferred retirement savings account setup by many employers for their employees in the United States. Employees can elect to contribute part of their earnings - either pre-tax or after-tax - to their 401k account and the employer will often make a matching contribution for ...

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What retirement plans/options should i pick for a relatively unstable career path?

Precursor: I work in the software industry and as such, I'm pretty subjected to the massive instability: possibly no demand, and also i don't expect to be able to keep up with the technology when i'm ...
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Leaving US (I was working with a L1 visa, not coming back), better cash my 401K or leave it until 59 1/2? Thanks

I moved back to my country, I was working in US with a L1 Visa for a couple years, I have 6K in my 401k, what is your best advice, leave the money until I can cash out with out paying taxes or ...
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401k Hardship withdrawal (First home), without buying home?

Not saying this is a good idea, but honestly it was something I was just curious about. My and other 401(k) plans allows you to withdraw from your 401(k) before 59 years of age for "hardship" for the ...
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Why is spousal consent being required for rolling over a 401k?

My wife is having trouble rolling over her 401k (with ING, now Voya Financial) from her previous job into her Vanguard IRA. Apparently she needs my permission to roll the account over because it's a ...
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As an employer, how do I start a 401k or traditional IRA plan?

As a small business owner, what are the requirements for me to start a 401k or traditional IRA fund? How much do they cost to manage? I'm in the very early stages of my company right now but I would ...
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Limitations of the 401(k) to Roth IRA conversion escape hatch

I'm currently planning on retiring before the 59 1/2 year old milestone where 401k's and IRA's become accessible penalty free. One workaround I've heard of to access your retirement funds early is to ...
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Can I make a lump sum contribution to my employer's 401(k) plan?

I recently sold a rental property and have a surplus of cash sitting around. If possible, I'd like to make a lump sum contribution to my employer's 401(k) plan. Is that possible? Or would I need to ...
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How much more can I contribute to my 401(k) this year after I made some Roth IRA, Roth 401k, and 401k contributions?

I've just started a new job, and would like to max out my pre-tax 401(k) contributions before year end. I have contributed to various other investment accounts earlier this year and am struggling to ...
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When borrowing from a 401k, is the 401k the source of the funds, or the collateral?

I understand that borrowing from a 401K is not a good idea. But I still want to be familiar with some of the mechanics. If someone takes out a $5,000 401K loan, is the money taken from the 401K ...
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401k Rollover into IRA (First Time Home Buyer)?

WALL OF TEXT AHEAD. Ok so I don't even know if this is even "possible" but I figured I'd ask. My 401k plan I have is honestly pretty crap, zero matching, really poor rate of return (1-2% on average ...
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Investing in 401k and a Roth IRA

I am a senior in college and I have $3,000 dollars from my summer internship that I want to invest. I was thinking of investing it in a Roth IRA in an index mutual fund. However I am questioning my ...
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Self Employed 401k: contributions vs more available deductions

I'm in a unique situation this year where I worked self-employed 1099 for a few months and am full time W-2 for the rest. My full time job does not offer a 401k, but I can open a self-employed 401k ...
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What to do if I get refunded by my 401k for being considered HCE?

If my employer gives back some of the money I put away on my 401k because I am considered a HCE, can I turn around and put it back into an IRA to avoid paying taxes and penalties that year? I am over ...
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How can I calculate my income for purposes of an IRA deduction when I have HSA/401k deductions?

This chart here has the income restrictions for IRA deduction income limits. It does not use your AGI but a modified AGI. I have been unable to find any resources detailing how this income ...
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How to choose a good 401(k) investment option?

I am starting my first 401(k) which will have 9% of my salary invested each month. I have the option of doing a Roth 401(k) or a traditional 401(k) with a range of investment options. I think the ...
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Why is the total 401(k) contribution limit (employee + employer) so high?

The 2014 employee contribution limit is $17,500. The 2014 total contribution limit is $52,000. (Provided they're not capped earlier based on low income.) Meaning the IRS has left room for a ...
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What is the purpose of Social Security and Medicare deductions from my paycheck?

Sorry, this might be a basic question, but I'm having trouble understanding this, so would like to ask here. I've recently started a full-time position, and I notice that two things are being ...
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Variable universal life insurance vs traditional long-term investments

I have been considering different ways to generate some returns on my money, rather than just having it sit in a savings account at the bank. My understanding is that the obvious first step is to ...
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401k strategy for NRI planning to return to india

Scenario is for L/H visa holder who is earning salary in USD. The person also has employee sponsored 401k plan. The visa expires in 5 years and person would like to return at that time to India ...
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My company is changing 401k plan providers. How long should my funds be “blacked out”

My employer is switching 401k providers. The original provider shows that I am no longer invested, with a $0 balance. The new provider tells me that I am not yet invested, but they do have the funds. ...
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What does this 401K statement mean?

"Your employer will match up to 10% of your compensation that you elect as pre-tax contribution. When you contribute to your plan, your employer matches 50% of the first 10% of your pay." I don't get ...
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When should you use an actively managed mutual fund in a 401k?

Why should you use an actively managed fund for your 401k? I have read several questions and answers on this and other sites and it seems like it's generally better to go with funds that follow the ...
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What does it mean to be a “high fee” or “low fee” 401k?

I keep hearing the phrases 'high fee', 'low fee' 401k. What fee range constitutes high or low fees?
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Employer match after tax?

My employer matches 2% of my contributions to my 401k but insists those contributions cannot be pre-tax. Is that correct?
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Any downsides to having both 401k AND Roth 401k

So currently I have a 401k, I went ahead and added a Roth 401k while I'm eligible, beyond the fact I'll have to pay tax on the contributions now without the tax on withdrawal later in life you'd see ...
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Is there a “Rollover as business startup” for IRA?

I had a 401(k) with my employer, who I left recently. I'm considering rolling this over into an IRA since I will avoid a small maintenance fee this way, but I'm not sure if I will lose the ability to ...
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What happens to the gains or losses made on the non-vested portion of a 401k after you leave your job?

If you leave a company that matched 401k contributions before the vesting schedule is complete, the non-vested money is returned to the employer. I'm curious what happens to the gains/losses on the ...
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Why do you think there is a difference in these 2 funds' expense ratios?

For my 401k my employer offers 49 different investment options. The default option is the FID FREEDOM K 2055 (FDENX) which I have been in for the past year. I recently dug around checking out all the ...
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Using matching on 401k and then cashing out

I realize that if I "cashed out" on a 401K early, I end up having to pay taxes on the cashed out 401K savings. But, I would have had to pay taxes on that 401K amount if I had not put into savings ...
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What is the future of 401k in terms of stability and reliability?

Let me quote: 7) Your Retirement Plan is For S**t. I don’t care how much you set aside for your 401k. It’s over. The whole myth of savings is gone. Inflation will carve out the bulk of your ...
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Missed open enrollment 401k date, do not want to wait until next year

I missed the open enrollment date for this year to enroll in to 401k, I do not want to wait until next year. What are my options at this point? Should I open an IRA account? If yes, Which one ...
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How can I find a lost 401K from a past employer?

I've been rather sloppy about keeping track of 401(k)s from previous employers. There are two that I've lost track of completely. One is from an employer that no longer seems to exist, and the other ...
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If my 401k plan allows for pretax and Roth contributions, why would I want to open an IRA?

My company is switching to a 401k plan provider that allows for both Roth and pretax contributions. If I can make either type of contribution to this plan, why would I want an IRA? The previous 401k ...
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Should you always rollover a 401k to a personal IRA after leaving a company?

As far as I know, all 401ks charge recurring fees to the employees. Some even charge percentage fees based on your balance. This is on top of the fund fees you'd have to pay for Fidelity/Vanguard/etc ...
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Should I make more conservative investments in my company 401(K) if I'm going to leave the job in a couple of years?

I'm about to start a new job and the company offers a Roth 401(K) with a 10% employer match. I plan to only work this job for two years before leaving to go back to school. Should I be conservative in ...
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Can I transfer my 401k vesting period between companies owned by the same corporation?

I am leaving my current job at a company owned by a corporation. This same corporation also owns the company where my next job will be. My 401k has not yet vested - the cliff is about a year away. ...
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Married couple, high combined income: Can we contribute to IRA, on top of 401k?

My wife and I earn between $180,000 and $210,000 combined. The amount varies due to job changes and side consulting. She puts about 4% of her salary into a 401k which is fully matched. I put in 6% and ...
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401k rollovers (pre & post tax contributions)

I have a 401k from a former employer. This contains both pre & post tax contributions. Do I need to open both a Traditional IRA and a Roth IRA so the distributions are rolled over correctly? It ...
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Borrowing from Solo 401K vs Line of Credit

As a quick recap, I'm in the process of doing a gut rehab on my (soon to be) primary residence. I have savings and a line of credit that should cover the full cost, but wanted an alternative source ...
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After moving a 401k to a Traditional IRA, can I move it back out to another 401k?

I plan to join a new company that doesn't currently offer a 401k and I have funds in my old employer's 401k. I was thinking I would move the funds to something like Betterment who would do a 401k to ...
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What to do with old company's 401k? [duplicate]

I have a 401k from a company I no longer work at. It's worth about 70k. What should I do with it? Is there any way I can roll it into something that I can use as part of a down payment for a house ...
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Saving for retirement without employer sponsored plan

I'm considering moving to a new job that doesn't have any sponsored retirement plans. I'd like to continue saving on my own though, but it seems that IRAs have a $5,000 contribution limits. What are ...
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Retirement saving without employer sponsered plan?

I currently have a 401k with my employer and contribute 7%. If I no longer had the 401k, what would be my options for retirement savings? Ideally keeping the tax deduction benefits I have now. I ...
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Interpreting mutual fund performance: “Earnings” vs. gains/losses?

I have a 401K at Vanguard through my company, and I was browsing the 'performance' of my fund. I found where it breaks down my transactions, gains/loss, earnings, and overall change. I'm guessing ...
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Mistake of 401 comingled account

About 5 years ago the company I used to work for switched advisors from Mass Mutual to Edward Jones, so employee accounts were rolled over. During this process, 21 years of my funds were comingled ...
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Does anyone know what Bank of NY Mellon's EB DLs are?

On my 401(k) the Target Allocation funds are heavily invested in a bunch of BNY Mellon funds and I can't find what they are. These three particularly, as they're the largest holdings: BNY Mellon EB ...
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Is a 401k annual increase program relevant if I'm already maxxing out my contributions?

I currently enroll in my company's 401k program and am completely maxxing it out; i.e. I'm putting in the full $17,500 per year. The 401k provider (Fidelity) offers an "annual increase program" where ...
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Does non-taxable income apply before or after (not at all) taxable income for purposes of tax brackets?

The context of this question is looking at retirement and 401k/Roth. I am currently contributing to both. I was wondering when I start withdrawals of the traditional if these withdrawals are taxed at ...
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How Do I Fix Excess Contribution Withdrawl

This is a kind of a straight forward situation but I made it little complex due to my limited knowledge of Traditional IRA and 401(k). In the year 2012, I was working as a contractor. I had a ...
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Why do tax-advantaged retirement accounts have contribution limits?

Why are there contribution limits for IRAs or 401k? Since I need to make this longer, I tried to look for it. This is the closest thing I've found: Why is there such disparity of max contribution ...