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In his free time Rob enjoys listening to non-fiction audiobooks, coaching youth lacrosse, and jogging.
BS, Human Ecology and Family Resource Management, The Ohio State University
MA, Economics, Walsh College
Robert Schmansky, CFP® Financial Advisor Profile
You may have a few options to rollover your account. If your employer offers multiple options for 403(b) providers, you can likely move out of your current provider to the new one.
If you are over age 59.5, you may be able to roll your funds out to an IRA.
Be aware of any exit penalties that may apply. Often times though it can pay to pay these to leave a high-cost product.
I'm more concerned about your company experiencing financial issues than I am about your 401(k) or your 2015 return. A negative 1.23% tells nothing about if your portfolio is appropriate for your long-term objectives. In fact, it is an entirely normal return for any portfolio I could recommend.
I don't know what Ameriprise's MMA account is or what it holds, or why it would be any better than the options in your 401(k). My gut tells me it likely isn't, but this sort of analysis can not be done on an online question.
You can look at your Summary Plan Description to see if you can move money out of your 401(k) while employed. However, you likely have safe options in the plan you aren't utilizing, though it may be that you shouldn't use them.
Even so, I would not be overly concerned about your 401(k) dollars in light of your company's financial concerns. Your account is yours, and as long as it is held with a third-party investment custodian you can be sure the money is yours. I would be more concerned with longer-term employment issues than a very normal return for 2015.
Simple. Open an account where you want. Complete a transfer form. If the securities can be held at the new firm you can move them in-kind rather than cashing them out.
Some contracts have waivers for disability. Most do allow a surrender-free amount of 10% per year. I would read over the exemptions and charges sections of the contract, though these are very often difficult to translate.
Your question is impossible to answer without going through a full financial plan. However, instead of cashing out an asset you can use for expenses and likely pushing yourself into a higher tax bracket you could consider refinancing your debt at a rate much lower than 7%. You are going to run into tax planning issues with increasing your taxable income, but if you have not started Social Security or pension income streams.
The tactic you are considering is a form of market timing that many engage in at the worst time. A long-term, low-rate, fixed mortgage could be beneficial to a financial plan, but you have to be willing to take a long-term view. Many cash out investments after a poor year, and miss out on long-term averages, while putting money into a home that they won't be able to access.
I'm not saying this should or should not be paid down, but I would first look at strategies to lower and lock-in the interest rate. Many studies suggest a long-term mortgage or reverse mortgage early in retirement may be beneficial to those that would otherwise need those funds.