Why roll over a 401(k)?
When you leave an employer you typically have four options for what to do with your savings.
How to roll over
Rolling over is easier than you think. Let us show you how.
Wells Fargo offers a number of ways you can work with us.
Please keep in mind that rolling over assets to an IRA is just one of multiple options for your retirement plan. Each of the following options is different and may have distinct advantages and disadvantages.
- Roll assets to an IRA
- Leave assets in your former employer’s plan, if plan allows
- Move assets to your new/existing employer’s plan, if plan allows
- Cash out or take a lump sum distribution
When considering rolling over assets from an employer plan to an IRA, factors that should be considered and compared between the employer plan and the IRA include fees and expenses, services offered, investment options, when penalty free withdrawals are available, treatment of employer stock, when required minimum distributions begin and protection of assets from creditors and bankruptcy. Investing and maintaining assets in an IRA will generally involve higher costs than those associated with employer-sponsored retirement plans. You should consult with the plan administrator and a professional tax advisor before making any decisions regarding your retirement assets.
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