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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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 ...
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Including 401(k) contributions on Canadian tax return

I am a Canadian resident who made US income, and contributed to a 401k. I know I must include my 401k contributions on my foreign income, but what about my employer's contributions? Also, what are ...
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401k plan employee rights?

Is it legal for my employer to know what I'm doing with my money that is in the 401k, that comes from my employer, without my consent? Is the financial services company that manages my 401k permitted ...
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Where should I take some money from after retirement? (IRA, 401K, Roth, Taxable)

I have three 401ks, each doing well. One has some pre-1987 money, another has some Roth money, and some has post tax, non Roth money. I also have several smaller IRAs and Roth IRAs, some of them ...
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Could my employer give me a raise in terms of employer 401k contributions instead of salary?

Personal contributions to a 401k are capped at $17,500 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 for ...
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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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Ideal net worth by age X? Need comparison references

Is there a website resource that gives suggestions for how much savings or net worth I should have at any given age, based on my education level and salary? I'm in my 30s, have no debt, and have been ...
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What are the trading cost differences between stocks and mutual funds in 401k account?

I am confused about the mutual fund investment minimums and buying commission fees. I've been searching these question on the internet but no good answers. Hope someone can answer my questions below ...
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Max IRA contributions and expensive 401(k) plan with no match. Where else to invest?

This question appears to be related. My company has a 401(k) with high expense ratios (I recall 0.84% for an S&P 500 index, but I'd have to double-check) and no company match, so I opted to open ...
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Am I investing properly for my future?

What should my next step be? I apologize in advance for the length of the post. I consider myself to be in a good standing, but I'm always looking for ways to improve. Student loans: I graduated ...
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Is it worth contributing to my 401k if I will only stay with the company a short time?

I have recently become eligible for my employer's 401k plan. For reasons that I will not discuss here, I do not intend to stay at my current employer for longer than another year or so at most, ...
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Xfer 401K after starting distribution to another 401K or alternate plan

Retired at end of 1st qtr 2013 - age 64. Started drawing monthly distribution from this plan right after retiring. Would it be possible to xfer the balance of this 401K to another 401K or some other ...
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Is it smart to only invest in mid- and small-cap stock equity funds in my 401(k)?

Historically, mid-cap and small-cap company stocks have outperformed the market. Correct? Since I'm not going to touch the money in my 401(k) in over 40 years, wouldn't it make sense to invest ...
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Setting up a tax deferring IRA

I work for a small company, so we have like no resources for helping us understanding benefits. My employer is willing to automatically give me 5% of my annual salary if I set up an IRA account. So ...
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Dividends reinvested in a 401k or Coverdell ESA show up on 1099-DIV?

In the USA, I know that dividends reinvested within a 401k, IRA, 529, or Coverdell ESA are not taxable (initially). I was surprised to see them show up on a 1099-DIV form this year from my investment ...
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Why I cannot find a “Pure Cash” option in 401k investments?

I am of an opinion that I should decide where my money should get invested and if it should get invested at all or not. When I looked at the investment options I have with my 401k money, I figured ...
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What happens to 401k when I change my job?

I'm planning to sign up for a 401(k). However, I'm not sure what happens if and when I change jobs. What happens to the money I deposit? What happens with employer matches? Can you please give me ...
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Solo-401k interaction with employer sponsored 401k. Limits of contribution from Schedule C income

I'm quitting a job at the end of this year. I want to start a solo-401k for all my schedule C income and I have a couple of concerns: If my employer were to, for some reason, pay me in 2015 some ...
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Closed out old 401k. Rollover and cash out option. Received wrong amounts

I decided to cash out and rollover my old 401k. I requested a check for some amount after the taxes, and the rest be rolled over into my new 401k. However, instead I received 3 checks: 2 of which ...
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Combining 401k's from different past employers?

I have multiple 401k's from past employers. I know I can roll each of these over into new IRA accounts at my brokerage, but do the 401K rules allow me to combine these 401K's into one IRA account? ...
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Employer rollover from 403b to 401k?

Can an Employer convert from an existing 403b plan (variable annuity) and transfer all assets to a new employer sponsored 401k plan?
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How does “on the next percentage” work (for company matching)?

For example, if I contribute 5%, the company matches that contribution with: 100% on the first 2% 40% on the next 2% 25% on the next 1% How do you calculate the next percentage.. and of what ...
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For a non-resident, Is it worth investing in a 401k?

I'm planning to stay in the U.S. for 3 to 5 years. My company offers a 4% match for 401k contributions. Is it worth investing in a 401k plan with all the fees and penalties? Or is there a better way ...
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Investment strategy for 401k when rolling over soon

I'm a contractor at a company interesting in investing in their 401k. If I know I'll be leaving this company in a year or so what sort of time horizon and risk exposure is applicable? I'm not sure how ...
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Should I participate in a 401k if there is no company match?

The 401K program offered by my employer doesn't include a company match. Should I participate in the plan? What are the criteria one should use for estimating the worth of the situation?
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Where should I invest if my new 401(k) provider doesn't offer a low risk option?

My company is changing 401(k) providers. I have my small nest egg in a guaranteed interest account with the current provider. The new provider does not offer a fixed interest account. Furthermore, ...
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Tax on 401k withdrawal for non US resident

What is the tax rate for 401k withdrawal? A Thai citizen inherited a 401k plan from her US husband who died at age 62 years. Which tax forms must be filed after withdrawal?
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paying off an auto loan versus Roth versus non-tax-sheltered investment

A hypothetical friend of mine is very young (22 y.o.) lives in the US and has no other debt except a recent 5 year 3.5% interest auto loan. His monthly payment is around $300 He is maxing out his ...
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Withdrawing from regular vs Roth 401K

I work at a company that allows me to put my 401K into either a regular or Roth 401K. My understanding is that: For the regular 401K, I pay taxes when I withdraw money from the 401k. For the Roth, I ...
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Principal 401(k) managed fund fees, wow. What can I do?

I was looking over my end-of-the-year finances and noticed some really disheartening details about my company's 401k. The company holds a plan through Principal, and the managed 'target date style' ...
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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 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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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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How to decide on split between large/mid/small cap on 401(k) and how often rebalance

On my 401(k) the default time-targeted fund seems to be relatively expensive. I thought about using Vanguard mutual funds, which are also available and have much lower expense ratio. However they are ...
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Can expense ratios on investment options in a 401(k) plan contain part of the overall 401(k) plan fees?

My company was recently acquired and the 401(k) plan is being rolled into the acquiring company's plan. I'm a fan of indexing and was disappointed that the index funds in the new plan have between ...
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Can I request to change 401k offerings from my employer, e.g. to invest in ETFs?

My wife and I have 401k accounts, but they only offer mutual funds. I do not want to invest in mutual funds and pay their large fees. What are my options to invest 401k money into ETFs, bonds, and ...
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Self employed 401k and traditional IRA

I've got a self-employed 401k that I use for a small side business, which supplements a full time income I also receive. The 401k contribution allowance is usually small because my business income is ...
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IRA Deduction when changing from 401k offered job to non-401k job mid year

This is challenging one to figure out. I had a job that is ends 11/30/2014 that offered a 401k. I have a new job that doesn't offer a 401k. I'd like to max my IRA this year to avoid tripping ...
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Any experience with maxing out 401(k)?

I'm 23 right now, and I'm currently contributing about 6% of my salary to a 401(k) with an employer that matches 20% of my contribution up to 6%. Based on various calculators, continuing at this rate ...
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Can/should a foreign person working overseas for a US company contribute to a 401k?

Our company (US-based) is considering hiring a foreign citizen (UK) to work for us in the UK. I believe that they CAN contribute to a 401k, but should they? Do they receive the same benefits from the ...
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How to handle old 401(k) I have, with respect to refinancing some of my debts?

I have recently been shopping around to see if I could get my home refinanced. I purchased in Oct. 2007 for $200,000 - 30 year fixed at 5.99%. I called my lender and they were willing to refinance at ...
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Sole employee S-Corp 401k - Can Company portion also be made to be Roth?

I have an S-corp for which I recently established an Individual 401K plan with one of the top 4 plan administrators. I understand that the employee contribution can be either traditional or Roth. ...
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Self-employed individual 401k self, match, and profit sharing contribution limits?

I set up a self-employed individual 401k and am confused about the limits on this. I'm a sole proprietor with no other employer-provided 401k than this one I set up on my own. It seems I can make ...
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Best way for for soon to turn 18 to learn about money?

What resources are available for me to learn about finance, money management, stocks, bank accounts, 401k, loans, IRA, checking account, etc.? I am turning 18 soon and I have zero knowledge of ...
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Can I open a rollover IRA account in the US when I am not a citizen, nor no longer live there?

I lived in the US for about 7 years, and started saving money in the company's 401K plan. I had a green card, but decided to move to my home country years before it expired. I have a US SSN. Now the ...
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Sole employee of my own S-Corp - investment options? 401k, Roth, SEP?

I'm looking to start a retirement account and I'm looking for options that fit with my scenario. I'm the sole employee/owner of an S-Corp and as such, I give myself a W2 at the end of each year and ...
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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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Are contributions to ROTH IRA/401k effectivly bigger then to IRA

I've just moved to US and I started considering savings/retirement options (I'm mid-20 but I don't think it unwise to start early). I'm trying to max the contributions. I started to think if the ROTH ...