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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Any compelling reason to contribute to a 401k if my employer doesn't match?

My employer does not match 401k contributions at all. Currently, I do not make any contributions to a 401k or an IRA due to a need for liquidity. Aside from the obvious gains incurring no tax ...
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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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found a 1994 uncashed profit sharing retirement plan check

I found an old un-cashed check dated 1994 for $487 from my Xerox Retirement plan with no expiration date. Can I still cash it?
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Are employer 401k matching contributions invested prior to vesting?

Do the employer match contributions to a 401k before they are vested go into the investments that are selected for the employee contribution?
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401k Rollover - on my own or through my financial advisor?

I recently changed jobs and have a sizable sum in my old employer's 401k plan. It's doing fine but there are quite a few fees and I would prefer to roll it over. I'm considering two options. First, ...
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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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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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Why should I choose a 401(k) or IRA over a standard brokerage account?

401(k)'s and other retirement accounts have limits on restrictions on when your money can be withdrawn. But let's say I score a job making a huge sum, can save a lot, and want to retire decades early. ...
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Roll over Post-1986 401(k) to Roth IRA

I have a 401(k) that only has "post-86 after-tax" contributions and earnings. I left the company and was thinking about rolling over the whole balance to a personal Roth IRA. This would be a direct ...
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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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Making a loan to a tax-exempt organization from 401(k) retirement investment funds?

I'm age 64 & considering making a short term personal loan with interest to a tax-exempt organization. The loan would be payable in total with interest in two years or upon organization's sale of ...
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Deciding between Pre-Tax 401(k) and Roth 401(k) [duplicate]

Suppose I want to put 10% of my income in a 401(k). There are two options: (i) put it in a pre-tax 401(k) of a a Roth 401(k). If I expect the tax rates to be higher in the future, would this be a good ...
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At what point is it most advantageous to cease depositing into a 401k?

I have a spreadsheet that shows me some various statistics about my 401k and I notice that assuming an average overall growth of 10%, my 401k contribution will be less than 1% of the yearly gain of ...
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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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How can I transfer and consolidate my 401k's and other options?

I have read on Personal Finance & Money that you can keep any and all of the 401(k)s or other options that you've had through previous employers. But how are you able to transfer them all into ...
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Can I max out all retirement account types?

Hypothetically speaking, could I contribute the maximum to a 401k, a Roth 401k, an IRA, and a Roth IRA? That would be a total of 46k per year (17.5k + 17.5k + 5.5k + 5.5k).
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Employer time requirements to transfer from paycheck to 401(k)

Are there any rules or requirements as to a time frame of when money is removed from a paycheck and when the money is posted into a retirement account? My current 401(k) receives funds from my ...
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What ways can I contribute closer to the the IRS employee/employer combined 401k contribution limit?

In 2014, the IRS maximum 401(k) contribution for an individual is $17,500 but the combined individual/employer maximum is around $52k. One way to have the combined total higher is to simply increase ...
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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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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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My former employer made a mistake calculating my 401(k) contribution/match; what is my responsibility?

I just got a letter from my former employer stating that they had made an error in their 401(k) deductions in 2013. Briefly, they erroneously included my cell phone allowance as eligible pay 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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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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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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How should I be contributing to my 401(k), traditional or Roth?

My company just started offering an 401k plan in place of a Simple IRA. I am able to contribute into my 401k two different ways, traditional or roth. From the way I understand it, traditional ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Mandatory 401k contributions when a company's plan provider changes?

My company is changing 401K providers. I know I must rollover my funds from the original co. to the new 401K provider, but I did not want to contribute any additional monthly monies to the new plan. ...
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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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Moving money between Roth IRA and employer's 401(k)

Back when I was self-employed, I started a Roth IRA and have regularly deposited in it since then. However, my current employer offers matching contributions to their 401(k) plan, and with the ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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Confusion about Roth 401K: Better for me to do pre-tax or Roth post-tax contributions?

My company offers a 401K and a Roth 401K. Given the income level of my family (married filing jointly status), IRAs aren't really an option. We're past the Roth IRA limits and get no deduction for a ...
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What is the difference between a Rollover IRA and a Roth IRA?

Previous Question. I have decided to roll my 401(k) into a Roth IRA. I use ThinkOrSwim as my broker currently, so I plan on opening an IRA with them. When opening the account I'm presented with the ...
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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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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 is there such disparity of max contribution limits between 401K accounts and regular IRA accounts?

In 2011, regular IRA accounts allowed only $5,000 maximum contribution, while 401K accounts allowed up to $16,500. Why is there such a disparity? Why do tax advantages favor employees of large ...
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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 ...