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401k Planning

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Most people have questions when it comes to 401k planning and retirement. These people often wonder what 401k planning is, how 401k planning works, and how a dwindling balance can be revived. 401k plans can be complex, but they can also be quite easy to understand with a little bit of preparation.

What is 401k Planning?

A 401k is a retirement plan sponsored by an employer. Employees can contribute some of their income to their plan before taxes. The maximum amount of the contribution can be limited by the plan or by the federal government. Once the employee goes into retirement, their distribution is going to depend on how much the plan has grown over time. Because of this, employees should choose their investment choices carefully. Once they begin to take distributions, the withdrawals will be taxed. If the money is withdrawn before the employee reaches the age of 59 and a half, then there will be a withdrawal penalty.

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How does 401k Planning Work?

If a company does offer a 401k retirement plan, then the employee usually has some option to select their investment funds based on a list provided by the 401k planning company. The employee’s contribution is going to be deducted automatically from the employee’s paycheck before taxes are taken out. Each employee is allowed to contribute up to a certain percentage, and some employers will match this percentage. The contributions that are made along with matching funds are invested into the employee’s funds. Sometimes loans can be drawn out of 401k plans, and some hardship withdrawals are also permitted. There is also a vesting period where an employee must be employed for a defined number of years before the money in their account is actually their own.

How is a declining balance repaired in 401k planning?

The first thing that you should do in order to address a declining balance is to look more closely at the investment mix that you are working with. If you invest too heavily in company stock, this can cause significant problems if the company ever faces financial troubles. Contributions should be adjusted in order to make the most out of contribution limitations, and the maximum tax deferred contribution should be made whenever possible. At the very least when this is not possible, employees should contribute enough to gain matching funds from the company.

How can a 401k portfolio be best balanced?

Balancing your 401k planning portfolio is important because it shows you whether or not your investments are on track with your game plan for retirement. If you are wondering whether or not you need to rebalance, it may be time to consider your goals, your risk tolerance and any other concerns that you have alongside a financial advisor. Some of the things that will dictate the next steps in your 401k planning process include age and how close you are to retirement. Your 401k planning process will involve investments for growth and investments for income.

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