Lockheed Martin has one of the most generous 401(k) plans out there. In fact, it’s so great that you can utilize both a 401(k) and an IRA at the same time! In order to do so, the process is called an in-service rollover. This allows for funds in your 401(k) to be rolled into a traditional IRA.

Here is a quick reminder of the characteristics between a 401(k) and an IRA:

Characteristic 401(k) Traditional IRA
Employer-sponsored Yes No
Tax-deferral Yes Yes
Age limit to contribute No No
Employer contributions allowed Yes No
Contribution maximum per year 40% of salary $6,000
Age 50 and older catch-up $6,500 $1,000
Investment options Fewer More
10% penalty for withdrawals prior to age 59 and a half Yes Yes
Phaseout for tax deductibility No Begins at $104,000 AGI for married couples

“Why would I want to rollover some of my 401(k) into an IRA though?” you may be asking yourself. Some possible benefits of an in-service rollover are:

  • Diversification out of your company plan
  • With an IRA, you will be the owner of the account compared to only a participant in a 401(k)
  • Many investment options in an IRA versus limited funds available for Lockheed employees in the 401(k)
  • Greater ease of management due to consolidation
  • Reduces potential overlapping of investments
  • Ability to take advantage of tactical investment strategies and downside protection strategies
  • Possibility to continue contributions into a retirement account once you hit your annual 401(k) limit

Important considerations:

  • You must age 59 ½ or older in order initiate an in-service rollover
  • While an IRA will provide significant diversification benefits, it is not a guarantee of greater returns
  • Both a 401(k) and an IRA have potential to lose value
  • With more investment options available in an IRA, the fees will be different from those of 401(k) investments
  • You may roll over all or part of the amount eligible
  • Call us for further insight and expert advice

IRAs and 401(k)s each have their own advantages and disadvantages, but in most cases, an in-service rollover provides great benefits. Now that you armed with this knowledge, you can make an informed decision as to whether or not such an action makes sense for your situation.

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