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Borrowing from Your 401k Plan

Employees are usually unaware but many 401k plans allow borrowing from your 401k account balance.  Of course, the primary purpose of a 401k is to fund your retirement but on occasion it may make sense to borrow money from the plan. Basics of Borrowing from  …read more »

New 401(k) Plan Disclosure Rules

As 401(k) plans have become more popular, plan participants have become increasingly responsible for making their own retirement savings decisions. The Department of Labor (DOL) has become concerned that participants in self-directed 401(k) plans (those that allow participants to direct the investment of their own  …read more »

403(b) Plans, Contribution Limits and Rollover Options

A 403(b) plan is an employer-sponsored retirement plan for certain employees of public schools, tax-exempt (501(c)(3)) organizations, and churches. The employer can purchase annuity contracts for eligible employees, or establish custodial accounts to be invested in mutual funds or other investments. In the case of  …read more »

In-Service Withdrawals from 401(k) Plans

You may be familiar with the rules for putting money into a 401(k) plan. But are you familiar with the rules for taking your money out? Federal law limits the withdrawal options that a 401(k) plan can offer. But a 401(k) plan may offer fewer  …read more »

Should I contribute to a 401(k)?

Unless you absolutely cannot afford to set aside any dollars whatsoever, you should contribute to your employer’s 401(k) plan. A 401(k) plan is one of the most powerful tools you can use to save for your retirement. The first benefit is that your contributions to  …read more »

Changing Jobs and Your 401K

When you change jobs, you need to decide what to do with the money in your 401(k) plan. You have several options and the best option is unique to each individual based on age and needs. Option #1: You can withdraw the funds from your  …read more »