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Old 11-05-2015, 10:46 AM   #1
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Old IRA plan - now have 401K

Hello all!

I opened a tIRA several years ago with Wells Fargo when I worked for a company that offered no retirement plan. My current company offers a 401K plan with employer match, which I contribute enough into to get the full match. I had been putting a little bit of money into the tIRA - about $50 per month, just so it wasn't sitting there doing nothing. It currently has $2733 in it and is earning basically nothing in interest (7 cents last month.)

Here are my questions:

I cannot roll it into my 401K, can I?

I'll have to pay a penalty and file it as income for this year if I take it out and put it into another account, correct? (I'm 28 years old and live in Virginia.)

Do you think it would be worthwhile to move it to another account (i.e. Vanguard or something similar)? Or would I be better off to just leave it with Wells Fargo?

Is there something totally different I should do with the money (like invest it in the stock market?)

Any insight would be appreciated!

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Old 11-05-2015, 10:55 AM   #2
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First, it depends on the plan. As long as it's all pre-tax contributions in a TIRA, some 401K plans may accept rollovers from a TIRA, but some do.

I wouldn't withdraw the money (paying taxes and penalties) unless absolutely necessary. Short of avoiding bankruptcy or foreclosure, no, I wouldn't touch it other than to either roll it into your employer's current 401K (if it's a decent plan) or into an IRA with a different custodian.

"Hey, for every ten dollars, that's another hour that I have to be in the work place. That's an hour of my life. And my life is a very finite thing. I have only 'x' number of hours left before I'm dead. So how do I want to use these hours of my life? Do I want to use them just spending it on more crap and more stuff, or do I want to start getting a handle on it and using my life more intelligently?" -- Joe Dominguez (1938 - 1997)
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Old 11-05-2015, 11:00 AM   #3
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You could do worse than moving it to Vanguard and learning more about investing.
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Old 11-05-2015, 12:00 PM   #4
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You won't have to pay any tax if you roll it over directly to another IRA provider. Any one of them would be happy to help you do that.
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Roll it over to Vanguard and invest in one of their target retirement funds.
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Thank you, everyone!

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