All Articles Tagged "401k tips"
(Black Enterprise) — When you leave your job, whether its voluntary or not, you’ll have to make some important decisions about what to do with your401(k).Should you roll it over? Get an IRA? Leave it alone? Cash it out? Antwone Harris, a certified financial planner with Charles Schwab in Washington, D.C., says there are four options.
Option 1: Roll the money into your new employers plan. If your new employer accepts your previous employer’s 401(k) plan you can simply roll it over. There are no taxes or penalties to do so and the money continues to grow tax deferred.
Myth Buster: Your new employer and previous employer do not have to do business with the same brokerage firm in order to accept the rollover.
(Smart Money) — Never borrow against a 401(k) . Avoid credit cards. Make a bigger down payment on your home or apartment to avoid paying extra mortgage interest. These are among the tried-and-true financial rules consumers have been told to live by for years. But now – with interest rates still low and credit staging a comeback – might be a good time to break them. This solid financial advice isn’t suddenly all wrong, but many of these axioms no longer result in higher savings or less debt. That’s because the economic recovery has opened up more exceptions and loopholes to standard advice, says David Peterson, president of Peak Capital Investment Services, a financial planning firm. Advisers, for example, typically discouraged clients from taking a loan from their 401(k) – but this is now the cheapest way to borrow money, with the average rate at 4.25%, lower than most personal loans, to pay back debt they racked up during the recession. But as some parts of the economy have improved — equities are once again outperforming fixed income, banks are slowly returning to lending, and consumers are spending more — the rules for making and saving money are changing, at least temporarily. Here are four traditional money rules you can break—at least for now.
(Smart Money) — When investors buy a stake in a mutual fund, they effectively buy a promise from its manager – not a guarantee of returns, but an assurance that their money will be managed in accordance with the policies made clear to its investors.