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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How to get started with savings, paying off debt, and retirement?

I am getting married soon and I am in grad school (I get paid a stipend and have a tuition scholarship). I have no retirement plans available to me. My fiancee will be starting her job soon and will ...
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Is it legal for a company to contribute differently to a 401(k) for different empoyees?

A hypothetical employer contributes 3% to the 401k of non-HCEs (highly-compensated employees). It's not a match: it's a straight contribution, regardless of the amount that the employee contributes. ...
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401k Transfer After Business Closure

I worked at a company for 4 years; they had my 401k set up through paychex. My paychecks started bouncing and soon the business was closed (it was part of a franchise and individually owned). A few ...
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Is an employer within their rights to limit 401k contributions to 25% of compensation?

I would like to ask a specific question regarding employer limitations on 401k contributions. I have read other posts in the forum that explain that limitations often exist on highly compensated ...
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What happens when my 401K beneficiary is not my child, nor spouse?

I'm single and no child. My 401K beneficiary is my nephew. Should I pass away and he "inherits" my 401K, what will happen to it? How much will he be taxed for it? Is there a way to avoid any ...
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401k vs. real estate for someone who is great at saving?

I'm a great saver, and I have no trouble saving at least 40k a year. I'm 25. I'm still not too sold on the 401k idea though... because I feel like it would chip away at my savings/income, money that I ...
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I received half of my ex-husband's 401k in 2014, paid penalty fee, no income in 2014, should i file federal income tax for 2014?

I got divorced in 2013,I got half of my ex_husband's 401k.The early withdrawal penalty was determined and prepaid by the settlement amount. no income for the year 2014, should i still file federal ...
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Where can I find a Third Party Administrator for a self-directed solo 401K?

Following up from my question here, can anyone recommend a good Third Party Administrator (TPA) that can create/amend a non-prototype plan for a solo 401k for a flat fee? Either that, or a site that ...
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What penalties exist when moving from a Roth IRA into 401K?

The move from investing in a Roth IRA to having an employer-provided 401K is the only move that I can find information on. For the past fifteen years or so I've managed a Roth IRA for myself (and for ...
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401K or Indian CD

I am debating on contributing to 401k(which is being invested fully) va putting a sum (say $10k) in Indian CD. I am assuming investment in stocks would return about 6-8% where as Indian CD would ...
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Should I cash out retirement accounts to pay off student loan debt?

I have an opportunity to cash out my retirement. I have a student loan owing approx $180,000 for medical education. This loan acquires interest daily and I have been unable to get from under this ...
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401k unwanted auto enrollement

I haven't asked for this and my employer 'auto-enrolled' me to 401k. I called Fidelity to take me off but they didn't do it which make me angry. Today I got their Ad email saying Keep in mind ...
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If I'm eligible to max a Roth IRA, Do I ever considering putting money in both IRA types instead?

Age 28 (Turn 29 in November) Gross Income - 110,050 Retirement (At the start of 2015) - $12,000 in Roth IRA My current contribution for the year is aimed at: 9,000 in Roth 401k 9,000 in ...
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Are Roth 401(k) after-tax contributions at a disadvantage for maximizing employer match money?

I feel like there is a negative to Roth 401(k)s that I haven't seen mentioned anywhere after doing some major research. Assuming the employer match amount is a percentage of the after-tax amount that ...
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New 401(k) account, barely funded: can I withdraw penalty-free?

I established a new 401(k) account with my previous employer. I made a total of $600 in contributions ($100 x 6). I don't want to keep this 401(k). First, 401(k) is not my preferred investment ...
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Investing in 401(k) 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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Why shouldn't I consider a 401k loan to myself within my bond allocation?

I have seen broad advice against 401k loans. I question this. Why shouldn't I consider a 401k loan to myself within my bond allocation? Assuming I have trust in my employment cash flow and taxable ...
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Could my employer give me a raise in terms of employer 401k contributions instead of salary?

Personal contributions to a 401(k) are capped at $18,000 per year, but personal + employer contributions are capped at $52,000 per year, and I'm already maxing out my 401k. Assuming I was eligible ...
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Can I cash out my 401k every year (company match > withdrawal penalty)? [duplicate]

My company offers a 401k 50% match up to 6% of salary, but I'm restricted to picking one of a set of investment portfolios. My thinking is, could I max out the 6% every year, get the full 50% match, ...
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Ray Dalio - All Weather Portfolio

I am in a difficult situation right now where I need some expert advice. I recently finished reading Tony Robbin's Money Master the Game book and he talks about Ray Dalio All Weather Portfolio ...
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What are the 401K and IRA limits for next year (2015)?

Are 401K and IRA contribution limits increasing next year? If so, what are the new limits? Thank you!!
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Recent graduate with new job: Choose Roth 401(k), or traditional 401(k)?

I just graduated, and I'm starting a new job soon. My employer has pretty good policy for matching 401(k) contributions, so I want to invest as much as possible, especially during this first year. My ...
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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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In a retirement account, is there any reason to purchase deferred annuities now instead of near retirement?

There are lots of sources online that talk about how if you are saving your retirement money within a tax-sheltered account (401k, 403b, etc), you are likely better off with mutual fund investments ...
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What happens to a tax deferred retirement account when you reach retirement age?

There always seem to be tons of articles about maximizing the amount money in your 401ks and your IRAs, but there doesn't seem to be much talk about what happens to those accounts when you get to ...
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What are the down sides of maxing out the 401k?

Please advise me whether I understand this correctly: The benefits of maxing out the 401k: Your contributions are tax-deductible, so it lowers your income during tax filling As your money grows ...
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Capital gains tax: Retirement vehicle (IRA, 401k) vs. anything else?

I've had this question for a little while and I asked a professional about it today, but I don't think I worded it well. As such, I didn't get a good answer. Theoretically, given an equivalent amount ...
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Is 401k considered a retirement plan offered by an employer?

I am trying to brush up on traditional IRA offerings out there. Specifically, I want to know whether the IRA contribution is tax deductible. The rules state that I can deduct the full contribution ...
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How much total salary to allocate to defer $17,500 to 401(k)?

From my small business, I would like to contribute to my wife's retirement (which also reduces taxable income to the company). My question is about how much total salary should be allocated to her to ...
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How to decide for 401(k): Make Roth post-tax contributions, or traditional pre-tax contributions?

My company's plan will let me put funds into the 401k plan either pretax (traditional, with taxes taken at withdrawal) or Roth-style (post -tax nut no tax at withdrawal) or both. Any company match ...
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Why can't 401(k) statements be delivered electronically?

I called Schwab and they just said, "401(k) accounts are not eligible for paperless confirmations and statements. It's the law. Sorry." I can't find any reference to this law in the Google. The ...
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Why is a Roth 401(k) good if there is a long time before retirement?

This article from Fidelity mentions that the longer you have before retirement, the more likely it is that you should choose a Roth 401(k) over a traditional 401(k). This point is mentioned ...
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Advantage of Traditional 401k over Roth

I am trying to understand the differences and benefits of putting money in Traditional 401k over Roth 401k. If I have to still pay tax while withdrawing money from my Traditional (pre tax) 401K after ...
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401k contributions explanation

I have a basic question on 401k investment. Below is what my company is matching: XYZCompany will match your contributions, up to 4% of your eligible compensation, to a maximum of $10,600. Now ...
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Does a 401(k) contribution harm your Debt-to-Income ratio for a mortgage application?

If I contribute to a 401(k) at work, and thus have a lower W-2 income box 1 (Wages, tips, other compensation), will this hurt my debt-to-income (DTI) ratio on a mortgage application? I wouldn't think ...
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Can I contribute to a 401k for employer matching and then immediately withdraw it?

I have some friends who work at a company which offers 50% 401k matching up to some amount, but they don't take advantage of it because they want to use the money for non-retirement purposes. Ignoring ...
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Contribute Federal and State withholdings to company 401k instead?

So I am attempting to devise a way to max my company retirement account. They offer 3% of my annual pay if I put in at least 6% of my annual pay. The problem is that I don't want to take a giant ...
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Do overall 401(k) contribution limits sum across employers?

Assume I have a day job that has a 401(k) with no matching and I am also self-employed. I'm considering structuring my side business as an S corp and setting up a solo 401(k) in addition to the 401(k) ...
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How is my 'Personal Investment Performance' on my 401(k) calculated?

My 401(k) shows the following: my starting value at the beginning of the year personal contributions employer contributions investment gains/losses Closing value from Yesterday Total Change ...
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Multi-year delayed 401k payout check cash, which was originally a rollover into a new plan

Here's the chain of events, not all of which I was aware of before this week: In 2010, I started working for a company and diverting money into a 401k In 2012, the company was purchased, and I ...
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Temporarily reduce 401k contributions to help save for a downpayment?

Question I am saving up for a downpayment on a house to be used in 1 year's time from now. I have $20K and I want to have $60K, I know I won't have all of it but I want to try. Even if I don't get to ...
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Maximize my 401K and IRA, or save more for home downpayment?

I graduated a year and a half ago, and for the past year I have been maximizing my 401K and Roth IRA contributions. I further save for a house downpayment. Due to a recent surge in house prices, I ...
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Are 401K loan repayments considered tax deductible?

I took out a 401k loan 1.5 years back for a home down payment. The loan had a 36 month term, and I was making payments thro' payroll deductions from my employer. I recently quit that job, and I am ...
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Should I contribute to my 401k with a high expense ratio and no matching?

This is similar to this question (I can't comment yet so that's why I'm making this new question. The OP didn't mention anything about not having matching etc..): Still invest in 401K with a high ...
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Would you liquidate your 401k to pay off debt in this situation?

I have a potentially complex situation that I am looking to resolve in the least painful way possible. I am going through a divorce. My income is nearly twice as much as my ex's, and I am going to ...
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Optimal balence of 401K and charitable savings

I'm trying to figure out the optimal manner to donate the most money to charity. I currently donate all excess income to charity, minus the money I keep for emergencies. Donating to charity is ...
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401k Withdrawal In US, RNOR Status, and Tax in India

I have 401(K) account in USA. I am a US Citizen of Indian Origin. I plan to R2I next year. I am likely to be in RNOR status during the fiscal years 2015-2016, 2016-2017, and 2017-2018 I am aware ...
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Self-Employed Individual 401k Contribution Tax Questions

If as an unincorporated self-employed person, one contributed x dollars to my individual 401(k) personally y dollars to my individual 401(k) as my own employer How are these two numbers reflected ...
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Still invest in 401K with a high expense ratio?

I know that a low expense ratio is preferred. But what if the expense ratio is above the threshold limit (e.g 1.20%+), do you still invest in a 401K or not bother at all?
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What is most time-efficient way to track portfolio asset allocation?

I've recently decided I wanted to track my investments over time so that I could accurately determine really cool financial things like: My actual asset allocation My actual rate of return over time ...