Many of you write in asking how to roll over your retirement plans. Here's a question from Kay:
I am a nurse at a local hospital with a 401K and a 403B plan. I have a 14% payroll deduction every two weeks. The funds are managed by Fidelity. I have yet to see a 10% return. I have given myself 6mo to become a real rule #1 investor.
I have a paper account at MSN and am making money! When I get the guts to jump in what is the best strategy to get my $130,000.00 out of Fidelity and into the stocks I pick.
I am currently looking at AZN, COST, TJX, CHS, RCL and of course the controversial NW staple, SBUX.
Other info– I am 59.5 yrs old and want to retire ASAP, so I can go rafting too.
I am rafting the Deschutes and the Wild and Scenic Rogue this year. I like paddling my own IK.
Thanks for your help and input,
First thing I gotta ask: Are you getting matching funds at work for
Probably not. I'm guessing at best they match a bit of it.
And if they don't match any, it's time to see if you can roll it over
and still stay employed.
If you can, roll it to a regular IRA. If you
try to roll it to a Roth you are going to get a whopper of a tax bill, and that would not be a good thing.
Even better, see if your 401k plan
admin person will open a window into the Fidelity online trading site
so you can invest in whatever you want within your 401k. It's totally
within their power to do so, but you must demand it of them.
In any case, once you get the money where you can invest it, do not
jump right in with all of it until you are totally solid with Rule #1.
I do NOT want to see you take any risk.
To put that in perspective,
one totally probable market move sometime in the next few years is
going to put the S&P 500 at about 8 times earnings. It's around 18
right now. That's a long way down or a long way sideways. Either way,
no hurry, right?
Take your time. Be patient. Practice and study your
picks like they are the only means of income for your family for the
next 100 years.
And nothing wrong with SBUX that I can see!
Now go play!
Phil Town is an investment advisor, hedge fund manager, 3x NY Times Best-Selling Author, ex-Grand Canyon river guide, and former Lieutenant in the US Army Special Forces. He and his wife, Melissa, share a passion for horses, polo, and eventing. Phil’s goal is to help you learn how to invest and achieve financial independence.