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401k Rollover Checklist

Options and Process When Rolling Over a Retirement Account

One of the most important decisions to make when you are retiring or changing jobs is what action to take with your 401(k), 403(b), or any other employer-sponsored retirement plans. There are several options to consider including leaving your account in your former employer’s plan, transferring it to your new employer’s plan, taking a cash distribution, or rolling it into an IRA. This checklist will walk you through your options and the process of rolling over your retirement account.

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Disclosure: A client or prospective financial advisory client leaving an employer typically has four options regarding an existing retirement plan (and may engage in a combination of these options): (i) leave the money in the former employer’s plan, if permitted, (ii) roll over the assets to the new employer’s plan, if one is available and rollovers are permitted, (iii) roll over to an Individual Retirement Account (“IRA”), or (iv) cash out the account value (which could, depending upon the client’s age, result in adverse tax consequences). If the financial advisor recommends that a client roll over their retirement plan assets into an account to be managed by the advisor, such a recommendation creates a conflict of interest if the advisor will earn new (or increase its current) compensation as a result of the rollover. When acting in such capacity, a registered investment advisor serves as a fiduciary under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”), or the Internal Revenue Code, or both. No client is under any obligation to roll over retirement plan assets to an account managed by a financial advisor.

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