3 expensive IRA and 401K mistakes …
Having an IRA or 401K is pretty straightforward, right?
You fill out some forms; pick your investments, and make automatic contributions.
Maybe you’re lucky enough to get a coveted employee match.
But as it turns out …
Saving money in a tax-deferred account is the easy part.
But withdrawing this money in retirement gets very complicated.
Unfortunately, this is where millions of Americans make critical mistakes.
Below are 3 common mistakes with your IRA or 401K you want to avoid at all costs …
#1: Withdrawing money without a tax strategy
You want to think of the money in your IRA and 401K as being your money.
But remember, you still have to pay taxes when you withdraw this money in retirement.
How and when you withdraw this money could ultimately determine how much you’ll pay the IRS, versus how much you get to keep in your pocket. Plus, it could trigger higher taxes on your social security income, and double your Medicare premiums.
So you don’t want to blindly withdraw money from your retirement accounts without carefully considering how it could impact your taxes, social security, Medicare and more.
#2: Not consistently updating and rebalancing your investments
When was the last time you updated or rebalanced the investments inside your IRA or 401K?
For many people, it’s been years, if not longer. So, your portfolio could be totally out of whack. And you could be taking on far more risk (or far too little) than you realize, or need to at this stage of the game.
Rebalancing your investments at least once a year and/or with any major event is critical to protecting your wealth.
#3: Not converting your traditional IRA or 401K to a ROTH
A traditional IRA or 401K allows tax-free contributions. It helps you reduce your taxes while you’re earning an income.
On the other hand, a ROTH doesn’t allow tax-free contributions, but you pay zero tax when you withdraw money in retirement. And you don’t have to deal with Required Minimum Distributions. That means tax-free growth, and flexibility when it comes to your withdrawal strategy.
For many people, converting a traditional IRA or 401K to a ROTH could result in a windfall of tax savings in retirement.
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