Retirement Funds

Retirement Funds


IRA and 401k

401(k) and IRA Retirement Tips

There are many things you should know about selecting, investing in and rolling your 401(k) over into an IRA. If you don’t know where to start, you’re not alone. But whether you’re already retired or still building your career, we aim to answer some of the most pressing 401(k) and IRA questions.

How are 401(k)s and IRAs different from other investments?

A 401(k) plan can be a useful part of your retirement savings strategy, depending on your personal financial situation and retirement goals. And because they must be offered through your employer, 401(k)s can be an easy, automatic way to invest during your working years.

How is a 401(k) different from other investments?

401(k)s can be approached like any other long-term investment.  You should achieve the right balance of good long-term growth prospects and risk-appropriate strategy.  401(k) accounts are unique in two ways:

  • Your emotional attachment—you’ve worked your whole life for this money.
  • Restrictive investment options most investors have to choose from up until they roll it over.

Traditional 401(k)s

– You can designate how much you want to save per pay period (up to $18,000 annually in 2015 and 2016*).
– Contributions are deducted from your paycheck, pre-tax.
– Money you save grows tax-free—you don’t pay income taxes until you withdraw the funds.
– Some employers contribute to their employees’ 401(k)s, usually a percentage of what you put in each year—free money!

Roth 401(k)s

There’s a special type of 401(k) known as a Roth 401(k), and it differs from a traditional 401(k) in one important way: You pay taxes on your contributions, but then you don’t pay taxes on future distributions.