What could I gain from rolling over a 401(k) into an IRA while already in retirement?

I am retired from a large corporation after 30+ years. I have a 401(k) plus a rollover IRA from a pension buyout by my former employer. Both accounts are with Fidelity because this was the investment company my employer utilized. My current Fidelity advisor is pushing me to roll the 401(k), which is with them, to the IRA which is also with them. Is there a compelling reason I should do it?

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April 2017
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Most 401(k) plans have limited choices primarily focusing on mutual funds versus if you were to rollover your 401(k) to a IRA rollover. Another factor is the 401(k) administrative fees you may be paying for the plan and also the management fees. There are better investment options in an IRA that could potentially give you better diversification. Consolidating may have the convenience of reviewing your retirement plan with one statement, but then you would have your entire retirement account under one firm, although it sounds like this is already the case. It may be prudent to meet with a couple of respectable Investment Advisors to analyze where you are and where you want to be.

Another factor you may want to consider and discuss with your Financial Advisor and CPA is if and when a Roth conversion may be appropriate for your retirement plans. Once you reach the age of 70.5, you will be required to take required minimum distributions each year.

There are also considerations depending on the age you have retired. If you have retired in a calendar year in which you turn the age of 55 or older, then distributions from your 401(k) with that employer will not be subject to the additional 10% tax that normally comes with retirement account distributions before age 59.5.

Another factor would be if your 401(k) includes employer stock. There are net unrealized appreciation rules you may be able to take advantage of if so.

In summary, if you rolled over your 401(k), you could gain access to a broader range of investment choices, giving you better diversification of choices your 401(k) would not allow that could protect you from volatility in the markets. Also, you may be able to reduce your fees.

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