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Changing jobs? You can roll your 401(k) into an IRA

Top 5 Reasons to Roll Over Your 401(k) to an IRA

The benefits of rolling over your 401(k) when you leave a job

 

Whenever you change jobs, you have several options with your 401(k) plan account. You can cash it out, leave it where it is, transfer it into your new employer’s 401(k) plan (if one exists), or roll it over into an individual retirement account (IRA).

Forget about cashing it out—taxes and other penalties are likely to be huge. For most people, rolling over a 401(k)—or the 403(b) cousin, for those in the public or nonprofit sector—into an IRA is the best choice. Below are five reasons way. Keep in mind these reasons assume that you are not on the verge of retirement or at an age when you must start taking required minimum distributions (RMDs) from a plan.

Roth IRA

    1. More Investment Choices

Your 401(k) is limited to a few planets in the investment universe. In all likelihood, you have the choice of a few mutual funds—mostly equity funds and a bond fund or two—and that’s it.   However, with an IRA, we would help you to pick our funds that are directly in line with your future financial goals. Contact us here for more information on IRA’s

     2. Direct Communication

If you leave your account with your old employer, you might be treated as a second-class citizen, though not deliberately. It just might be harder to get communications regarding the plans (often news is distributed through company email) or get in touch with an advisor or administrator.  At Riverfront Financial, we stay in constant contact with our clients to make sure you are always up to date with what is happening with your investments.

     3. Lower Fees and Costs

You’d have to crunch the numbers on this one, but rolling over into an IRA could save you a lot in management fees, administrative fees, and fund expense ratios—all those little costs that can eat into investment returns over time. The funds offered by the 401(k) plan may be more expensive than the norm for their asset class. And then there is the overall annual fee that the plan administrator charges.

At Riverfront Financial we never charge you a hourly rate or asset fee to meet with us.  We work directly with American Funds to set up your Individual IRA and Roth IRA savings accounts.  Financial advisors can be paid many different ways.  We take our fiduciary responsibility very seriously. We make sure to go over all of your investment choices in detail, and explain exactly how your new account will work to sure that all of the investments are in your absolute best interest.

    4. The Option to Roll into a Roth IRA

An IRA rollover opens up the possibility of a Roth account. (In fact, if yours is one of the increasingly common Roth 401(k)s, a Roth IRA is the preferred rollover option). With Roth IRAs, you pay taxes on the funds you contribute when you contribute them, but then there is no tax due when you withdraw them (the opposite of a traditional IRA). Nor do you have to take RMDs at age 72—or indeed, ever—from a Roth IRA.

If you believe you will be in a higher tax bracket or tax rates will be generally higher when you start needing your IRA money, a Roth might be in your best interest. If you’re under the age of 59½, it’s also a lot easier to withdraw funds from a Roth IRA than from a traditional one. There are no early-withdrawal penalties for contributions, in most cases, though there are for any earnings.

Your 401(k) plan administrator may only permit rollovers to a traditional IRA. If so, you’ll have to do that and then convert it to a Roth.  We can help you every step of the way in the process to roll over your 401(k). Contact us here for more information.

      5. Estate Planning Advantages

Upon your death, there’s a good chance that your 401(k) will be paid in one lump sum to your beneficiary, which could cause income and inheritance tax headaches. It varies depending on the particular plan, but most companies prefer to distribute the cash fast, so they don’t have to maintain the account of an employee who is no longer there. Inheriting IRAs has its regulations too, but IRAs offer more payout options. Again, it comes down to control.  When you own your account directly, you have the control.  We are there every step of the way to make sure your beneficiaries are up to date, and help to make sure you and your family have the most tax advantaged options for payouts.

The 2020 contribution limit for those participating in a 401(k) or 403(b) plan is $19,500, up from $19,000 in 2019, according to the most-recent IRS guidelines, while the catch-up limit for those 50 and over rises to $6,500 in 2020 from $6,000 in 2019. The 2020 limit for IRAs is $6,000, unchanged from 2019, while the catch-up limit is an extra $1,000.

 

The Bottom Line

For most people switching jobs, there are many advantages to rolling over a 401(k) into an IRA.

You could also have the best of both worlds. You don’t have to roll all of your money into an IRA. Some of your balance can remain in your former company’s 401(k) if you’re happy with the returns you’re receiving. You can then set up a new IRA or roll over the remainder into an existing account or a new rollover IRA. After you’ve done your rollover, you can contribute to both your new company’s 401(k) and an IRA (traditional or Roth) as long as you don’t go over your annual contribution limit.

However, depending on your income level, your ability to deduct your contribution to a traditional IRA may be limited.

By working with us, we help to make sure you have all the information you need to make the right decisions about your retirement accounts.  We never charge a fee to meet with us, contact us today to get started!

 

Citation: investopedia.com
Traci L. Kovacic is a registered representative of and offers securities through The O.N. Equity Sales Company, Member FINRA/SIPC, One Financial Way; Cincinnati, OH  45242; (513)794-6794
Riverfront Financial and The O.N. Equity Sales Company are unaffiliated companies
Weekly update

Weekly Economic Update

 

Weekly Economic Update

In this week’s recap: Stocks continued a downward slide in response to continued uncertainty; fiscal stimulus still delayed.

September 14, 2020

 

  • THE WEEK ON WALL STREET

Stocks traveled a volatile path last week as investors appeared concerned about the upcoming elections, an uncertain economy, and more delays with additional fiscal stimulus.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 1.66%, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 slumped 2.51%. The Nasdaq Composite index plummeted 4.06% for the week. The MSCI EAFE index, which tracks developed overseas stock markets, rose 1.44%.1,2,3

 

  • Stocks Continue To Slip

In a holiday-shortened week of trading, stocks resumed their slide from the prior week, with the technology-heavy Nasdaq slipping into correction territory in a three-day span ended on Tuesday, September 8th. (A correction is defined as a decline of at least 10% from a recent high.)4

After staging a strong rebound on Wednesday, stocks once again headed lower as the Senate failed to pass another coronavirus stimulus bill. Mega-cap technology companies remained under pressure throughout the week. Energy stocks added to investors woes, plunging on data showing an unexpected build-up in inventories.5

The market ended the week on a mixed note, as technology companies lost additional ground.

 

  • Final Thought

On Friday the nation commemorated the tragic events of September 11, 2001.

We join all Americans in remembering the lives we lost that day and the profound impact on the victims’ families. We are reminded that it was the unity, kindness, and warmth that we collectively rediscovered in the wake of 9/11 that saw us through that difficult period.

T I P   O F   T H E   W E E K:

Some companies match employee retirement plan contributions. So if your budget allows, contribute enough to qualify for the match.

 

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: KEY ECONOMIC DATA

Tuesday: Industrial Production.

Wednesday: Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) Announcement.

Thursday: Jobless Claims. Housing Starts.

Friday: Leading Economic Indicators.

Source: Econoday, September 11, 2020
The Econoday economic calendar lists upcoming U.S. economic data releases (including key economic indicators), Federal Reserve policy meetings, and speaking engagements of Federal Reserve officials. The content is developed from sources believed to be providing accurate information. The forecasts or forward-looking statements are based on assumptions and may not materialize. The forecasts also are subject to revision.

 

THE WEEK AHEAD: COMPANIES REPORTING EARNINGS

Tuesday: Adobe Systems (ADBE), Lennar Corporation (LEN), Fedex (FDX).

Source: Zacks, September 11, 2020
Companies mentioned are for informational purposes only. It should not be considered a solicitation for the purchase or sale of the securities. Investing involves risks, and investment decisions should be based on your own goals, time horizon, and tolerance for risk. The return and principal value of investments will fluctuate as market conditions change. When sold, investments may be worth more or less than their original cost. Companies may reschedule when they report earnings without notice.

Q U O T E   O F   T H E   W E E K

“Popularity: it is glory’s small change.”

VICTOR HUGO

 

 

 

T H E   W E E K L Y   R I D D L E

 

A plastic bottle filled with cola weighs one liter. What do you need to add to it to make it weigh less than two ounces?

 

LAST WEEK’S RIDDLE:

If it were two hours later than right now, it would be half as long until midnight as it would be if it were an hour later than right now. What time is it?

ANSWER: 9:00 PM.

 

 

 

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CITATIONS:
  1. The Wall Street Journal, September 11, 2020
    2. The Wall Street Journal, September 11, 2020
    3. The Wall Street Journal, September 11, 2020
    4. CNBC.com, September 8, 2020
    5. CNBC.com, September 9, 2020
CHART CITATIONS:
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Retirement Challenges for Women

 

 

Conquering Retirement Challenges for Women

Looking ahead can help you conquer these unique obstacles.

 

When it comes to retirement, some women face obstacles that can make saving for retirement a challenge. Women typically earn less than their male counterparts and often take time out of the workforce to care for children or other family members. Added to the fact that women typically live longer than men, retirement money for women may need to stretch even further.Despite these challenges, there are a lot of reasons to be hopeful.2

Review your existing situation. Do you want to spend your years traveling together, or do you envision staying closer to home? Are you seeing yourself moving to a retirement community, or do you want to live as independently as you can? Sit down with your spouse, if you’re married, to discuss your visions for retirement.

You can’t see if you’re on track for your goals if you haven’t defined them. And if you find you’re falling short of where you want to be, you can work together to strategize about how you can either get to where you want to go or to adjust your strategy so that it fits your existing situation.1

 Get creative. These challenges don’t have to stop you from saving for retirement if you’re willing to get creative. If you plan to or have taken off time from the workforce, try and increase your contributions to your retirement accounts while you are working. If you’re staying home while your spouse works, you may be able to contribute to an individual retirement account.3

 Under the SECURE Act, once you reach age 72, you must begin taking required minimum distributions from a Traditional Individual Retirement Account and other retirement plans in most circumstances.  Withdrawals from Traditional IRAs are taxes as ordinary income and, if taken before age 59½, may be subject to a 10% federal income tax penalty. Under the CARES Act, the 10% penalty may be waived in 2020. Traditional IRA may be fully or partially deductible, depending on your adjusted gross income.

If you’re caregiving for an elderly relative, there are ways to be paid for your time. According to AARP, the Veteran’s Administration or Medicaid may be a potential source of income. Working with a professional who has expertise in this field can help you navigate the complicated medical structure while also helping you earn income for work that you’re doing.3

 Get involved. One of the best things you can do is to get involved in conversations about finances. Many women undervalue their knowledge in this area and having regular conversations with your spouse, family, and financial professional can help ensure that you always know where things stand.3

 

While women may face additional challenges, careful preparation with your financial professional may help you to live a fulfilling retirement.

 

 

 

This material was prepared by MarketingPro, Inc., and does not necessarily represent the views of the presenting party, nor their affiliates. This information has been derived from sources believed to be accurate. Please note – investing involves risk, and past performance is no guarantee of future results. The publisher is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting or other professional services. If assistance is needed, the reader is advised to engage the services of a competent professional. This information should not be construed as investment, tax or legal advice and may not be relied on for the purpose of avoiding any Federal tax penalty. This is neither a solicitation nor recommendation to purchase or sell any investment or insurance product or service, and should not be relied upon as such. All indices are unmanaged and are not illustrative of any particular investment.

 

 

Citations
  1. CNBC.com, March 6, 2020
  2. Entrepreneur.com, August 13, 2020
  3. MarketWatch.com, March 6, 2020
Eldercare

How Much Do You Really Know About Extended Care?

 

 

How Much Do You Really Know About Extended and Eldercare?

Separating some eldercare facts from eldercare myths.

 

How much does eldercare cost, and how do you arrange it when it is needed? The average person might have difficulty answering those two questions, for the answers are not widely known. For clarification, here are some facts to dispel some myths.

 

True or false: Medicare will pay for your mom or dad’s nursing home care.

FALSE. Medicare is not extended care insurance.1

Medicare Part A will pay the bill for up to 20 days of skilled nursing facility (SNF) care, but after that, you or your parents may have to cover some costs out-of-pocket. After 100 days in a SNF, you will have to cover all costs out of pocket. The only way to “reset the clock” for Medicare coverage of these services is if the patient can somehow go without skilled nursing care for 30 or 60 days or if they require a hospital stay of three full days or longer.1

True or false: A semi-private room in a skilled nursing facility costs about $35,000 a year.

FALSE. The median cost of a semi-private room is now $89,297. A private room in an assisted living facility has a median annual cost of $100,375 annually. A home health aide could run you up to $4385 per month for full-time care. Even if you just need someone to help mom or dad with activities of daily living (ADLs), such as eating, bathing, or getting dressed, the median hourly expense is not cheap: non-medical home aides run about $23 per hour, which at 10 hours a week, means nearly $12,000 a year.2,3

True or false: Only around 40% of Americans aged 65 and older are expected to need extended care.

FALSE. Someone turning 65 today has a 70% chance of needing extended care. That means that by 2030, it’s estimated that around 24 million Americans will need extended care.  This is double the current number already receiving care.4,5

 True or false: The earlier you buy extended care insurance, the more manageable the premiums.

TRUE. Younger policyholders may pay lower premiums.  The best time to consider extended care insurance is when you are healthy. While you may be paying a premium for a longer amount of time, the expense may pale in comparison to paying for unexpected medical costs out of pocket.6

True or false: Medicaid can pay nursing home costs.

TRUE. The question is, do you really want that to happen? While Medicaid rules vary by state, in most instances, a person may only qualify for Medicaid if they have no more than $2,000 in “countable” assets ($3,000 for a couple). A homeowner can even be disqualified from Medicaid for having too much home equity. A primary residence, a primary motor vehicle, personal property, and household items, burial funds of less than $1,500, and tiny life insurance policies (with face values of less than $1,500) are not countable. So, yes, under these economic circumstances, Medicaid may end up paying extended care expenses.7

 

A little strategizing now could make a big difference in the years to come. Call or email us today to learn more about ways to pay for extended care and discuss your choices. You may need to find a way to address this concern.

 

 

Traci L. Kovacic is a registered representative of and offers securities through The O.N. Equity Sales Company, Member FINRA/SIPC, One Financial Way; Cincinnati, OH  45242; (513)794-6794
Riverfront Financial and The O.N. Equity Sales Company are unaffiliated companies

 

Citations

  1. Medicare.gov, March 26, 2020
  2. SeniorLiving.org, June 24, 2020
  3. APlaceForMom.com, May 11, 2020
  4. AmericanActionForum.org, February 18, 2020
  5. LongTermCare.gov, July 23, 2020
  6. Forbes.com, April 17, 2020
  7. LongTermCare.ACL.gov, July 23, 2020

 

This material was prepared by MarketingPro, Inc., and does not necessarily represent the views of the presenting party, nor their affiliates. This information has been derived from sources believed to be accurate. Please note – investing involves risk, and past performance is no guarantee of future results. The publisher is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting or other professional services. If assistance is needed, the reader is advised to engage the services of a competent professional. This information should not be construed as investment, tax or legal advice and may not be relied on for the purpose of avoiding any Federal tax penalty. This is neither a solicitation nor recommendation to purchase or sell any investment or insurance product or service, and should not be relied upon as such. All indices are unmanaged and are not illustrative of any particular investment.

 

How Much Money Will You Need for Retirement?

 

How Much Money Will You Need for Retirement?
It depends on your goals, time horizon, and risk tolerance.

Retirement

 

“Will I outlive my retirement money?”

 

That’s one of the top fears for people who are starting to prepare for their retirement years.

So I have to chuckle a bit when I see headlines that say, “Here’s how much money Americans think they need to retire comfortably.”$1.9 million is the number, according to a nationwide survey of 1,000 employed 401(k) participants by a well-known financial services company. In 2019, the same survey reported the number was $1.7 million. But this year’s pandemic increased the total by $200,000.2   Is $1.9 million a realistic figure for retirement? It’s hard to say. The survey didn’t ask participants how they arrived at that figure or what information they used to draw that conclusion.

Determining how much money you need in retirement is a process. It shouldn’t be a number that you pull out of thin air.

The process should include looking at your current financial situation and developing an approach based on your goals, time horizon, and risk tolerance. The process should take into consideration all your potential sources of retirement income, and also may project what your income would look like each year in retirement.

A significant figure like $1.9 million does little good if you’re uncertain what it means for your retirement years. We can help you develop a retirement strategy and show you investment ideas designed to help you pursue the retirement of your dreams.

 

Contact us anytime at 412-837-2400 to set up a free financial review.

Traci Kovacic Tkovacic@Riverfrontfinancialpgh.com

Joe Kovacic TKovacic@Riverfrontfinancialpgh.com

 

 

 

Citations.
  1. FoxBusiness.com, August 4, 2020
2. Pressroom.aboutshwab.com, August 4, 2020