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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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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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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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156 views

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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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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1answer
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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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427 views

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 ...
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1answer
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401K participant for part of year - Can I contribute to an IRA?

I have participated in my previous employer's 401K plan (traditional and Roth) for three months of 2014. My new employer does not allow participation in their plan until one year of service. Can I ...
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Allocation between 401K/retirement accounts and taxable investments, as a young adult?

I graduated college last year and began a career at a company with a 401K option. I cannot pull any money out of the Roth 401K without tax consequences or a penalty. I am interested in starting a ...
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125 views

Is 401k employer match included in W2 Box 1?

Is 401k employer match included in W2 Box 1?
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Old 401k investment choices: Cash it out, move it elsewhere?

I started investing in 401K pretty late (around 28) at my previous employer. That account has about $1,500 in it. I want to take it out of there and use it to invest in Vanguard funds. I already have ...
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Rollover IRA vs traditional IRA (can I make contributions to the rollover IRA?)

I am single and used to contribute to a Roth IRA (my last contribution was years ago), but now my AGI is over the limit to contribute to the Roth. I have a "rollover IRA" that I opened a few years ...
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How can a Spanish citizen withdraw an IRA/401(k) accumulated while in the U.S.?

Let's say I am Spanish citizen. I was working in the U.S.A. during two years in the nineties. I built an IRA/401(k). Now I am 60 years old and I want to get my amount in a lump sum. How is the way ...
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Why do employers require you to spread your 401(k) contributions throughout the year to get the maximum match?

I think the title says it all. I can't see any reason employers have to incentivize employees to contribute to their 401(k) evenly throughout the year. Instead couldn't they use a relatively simple ...
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What is the “Taxable portion of a conversion” in a roth IRA?

From here, under "Treatment of Distributions". In particular, let's assume I have some funds in Traditional and Roth 401(k) and IRAs. Now, let's take a year when I make no income and I decide to ...
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Tax implications upon withdrawal of 401(k) or IRA while residing in India

Hypothetical situation. Let's say I am an Indian citizen living in India (and have some income). And, I withdraw money from my 401(k) or IRA. If its a traditional 401(k) or IRA, I understand that ...
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401k with 4% match in face of buying an apartment complex

My employer is offering a 401k plan where they match 4%. I have no tax saving strategies setup yet, so no IRA, Roth, what have you (yet) My plan is to buy an apartment complex by next year: this ...
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How to withdraw 401K?

I worked in company A with 401k account. I was laid off and moved to company B which also had 401K account. When I was in B, I tried to split my 401k in A into cash and move remaining to B. So the ...
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What are the laws or rules on 401(k) loans and switching providers?

So here's the situation. My employer is switching 401(k) providers. I believe they outsource payroll and employee benefits to Benefits Company A. They want to switch to Benefits Company B. I ...
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Employer limits total 401K contribution to below IRS max. How can we max out our pre-tax contributions?

It looks like my wife's employer is limiting her 401K contributions to 15% of her salary. This means we cannot max out the $17.5K contribution limit set by the IRS. Say her salary is $70K and we are ...
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How do you get out of a Mutual Fund in your 401(k)?

Let's say I start up my 401(k) through my employer with a particular fund. Take this for example: Largest Holdings (08/31/2013) Apple 3.07% Exxon Mobil Corporation 2.60% ...
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Does my company's decision to change 401k plan providers hurt me?

My company is changing providers again. This is the third time in 4 years. There are a variety of good reasons for this. Each time a new set of funds is provided and there is enough of a choice that ...
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1answer
280 views

Married Filing Jointly & one spouse has employer 401K. Would each still be able to contribute to a Traditional IRA?

The husband participates in his employer's 401K, while the wife is unemployed. Assuming this couple does not exceed the AGI or MAGI limits for a Traditional IRA, will each of them be able to ...
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How can an H-1B holder withdraw 401(k) balance before returning to home country? Taxes?

What is the process of withdrawing all monies from a 401k account? If a person is in the U.S. on an H1B visa, lives with a dependent wife (H4), worked for about 3 years (4% employer matching ...
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What happens to a 401k if you leave your job indefinitely?

I currently have a 401k through my company. I'm saving nearly the maximum $17,500. While the company matches the first %6. If I leave in a couple of years I will be %50 vested and my balance will ...
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What, if any, IRA options are permitted with my high salary?

I am single, and make more money (more than $200k) than any of the limits I've seen for contributions or deductions for either Roth or traditional IRAs. My employer has a 401k plan. I currently do ...
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When a 401k plan cites a percentage of salary, e.g. for matching, is it pre-tax, or post?

Referring to How 401(k) plans work: What does "pre-tax" really mean? Let's do the math to see the advantage of pre-tax saving. For example, you may decide you want to put $200 into your ...
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I am not a U.S. citizen. What happens to my 401K if I have to go back to India?

I am not a U.S. citizen. What happens to my 401K if I have to go back to India? Can I distribute (withdraw) my money at that time without paying the penalty?
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An index fund in my 401k performed very well this year. How to deal with the gains?

I'm 34. 100% of my 401k goes into an S&P index fund. I'm up about 25% this year. If this were in my brokerage account I'd probably cash out some of the profits and hold onto it and buy more ...