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[Video] Investing: Consolidate Old Retirement Accounts When It Makes Sense

by Financial Design Studio, Inc. / April 3, 2020


[Video] Investing: Consolidate Old Retirement Accounts When It Makes Sense

In today’s economy it is very common for people to change jobs often as they look to advance their career. While there is a lot of benefit from that from a jobs growth standpoint, what can happen often is as you switch jobs, you leave your old 401k savings and old plans with your old employers. This is when we recommend you consolidate old retirement accounts.


After a number of years, you might have 5-6 plans and you wonder if you are really on track for retirement or not given you have all these different plans out there. 

So we are going to talk about two things you can do to simplify your retirement life as it relates to this old 401ks and consolidating. 


Current Employer 401k Consolidate


So your first option is to look at your current employer. If your current employer has a 401k plan and they allow you to bring in your old 401ks, you can just take all these old 401ks and move them right into that plan. 


That way, all your retirement money is in one spot. You don’t have to worry about keeping track of all these other accounts. 


Rollover IRA Consolidate


The second option for what to do with all your old 401ks is to do what is called a Rollover IRA. And what you do there is you open up an IRA with a custodian like Amitrade or Schwab and you instruct your old 401k providers to move that money over to the new IRA.

Now one thing you want to be careful with is you want to make sure that they don’t send you checks from the 401k. If they do that, it could become a taxable event for you. So you want to make sure that if you do move your old 401ks into a Rollover IRA, that they move it directly over and you never touch the money. 

So these are two ways you can simplify your financial life. By consolidating accounts like this, you’ll have a much better grasp of how you are doing with your retirement. You won’t have to manage several different accounts or investment options. 

If you have a question like this or on any other topic, please feel free to reach out to us!


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