Retirement: Planning Strategies: Simplifying Your Plan
Consolidating old employer-sponsored retirement plans and IRAs* can help you save time and money.
If you're like most Americans, you've changed jobs more than once. In fact, the Department of Labor reports that most Americans change jobs an average of 10-12 times over the course of his/her lifetime.
With these job changes, it's also likely you've collected more than one "egg" in your retirement planning nest—plans like a 401(k), 403(b), 457, or an IRA.
Having multiple plans can cost time and money with:
- Extra paperwork hassles.
- Additional statements to manage.
- Multiple custodial fees to pay.
Consolidating your plans can help you:
- Potentially lower costs
Multiple plans almost always mean multiple fees or charges for managing your accounts. Consolidating your retirement assets into one account can reduce these costs.
- Maintain a consistent overall investment strategy
With more than one plan in play, it's often difficult to keep track of the investment strategies within each plan. Consolidating plans can help you keep better tabs on your investment choices. It can also help you make modifications to your overall strategy when market conditions change or personal needs arise.
- Minimize paperwork
As you monitor the progress of your retirement plan, one statement can simplify the process.
- Simplify distribution planning
When you reach age 70½, the IRS requires you to take required minimum distributions (RMDs) from qualified retirement savings accounts if you are no longer employed with the employer-sponsor of the plan. It may be easier to manage required withdrawals from one account than it is from several.
*Some retirement assets are not eligible for consolidation.
Your financial professional can help you consolidate your retirement plan assets. Consolidating your plans can help simplify your retirement planning and put you in better control of your future. Your financial professional can develop a personalized strategy that gives you an edge with retirement planning products and solutions from The Principal®.
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