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Your concerns are valid. But a withdrawal strategy built around your needs can help alleviate your concerns in up and down markets. I like to use the 3 buckets strategy. You mentioned that you need $30K per year from your 401K. In bucket number 1 is the next 2 years of your needs. In your case that means $60K in cash or CD’s. Bucket 2 would be roughly 5 years of expenses. Again, in your case that means about $150K in a bond portfolio. It could be a mix of investments, but the goal is to slightly beat inflation. In bucket 3 is an investment strategy for the long term. An investment mix up to your risk tolerance, but a 60/40 mix or above in this bucket makes the most sense. Remember we have planned for 7 years of expenses. So we have time to make it up any downturns in the market.
This is the super simplified version. Managing RMD’s and cash flow needs throughout your retirement is just as hard building your nest egg. This strategy can be done in one account or separate accounts. But making sure we do it in the most tax efficient way is the key.
This sounds like the company is just doing away with whatever "fringe benefits" they were offering and just using the 401(a) as a way to offset any loss of benefits for their employees. Companies change policies on their benefits all the time. Unfortunately most times it's to the betterment of the company and not their employees. But I would need a lot more information than provided to give a better answer.
Based on the information given, I would say invest and continue to pay down your mortgage. But if your current age is closer to retirement, you may want to think about paying down or off your mortgage.
Currently you have an interest rate close to 30-year lows and you could possibly benefit on your taxes with the mortgage interest deduction. But that might not matter in your situation. Without knowing more, I couldn’t give more information.
The only other thing I would mention, is depending on what state you live in, you could possibly owe taxes on this inheritance. Make sure to consult with a CPA to find out how you could be affected in your state. The other thing to keep in mind, is that most inheritances don’t last as long as planned. The statistics are not pretty on this. The statistics say half will be lost within a year through spending or bad investments. So spend or investment mindfully.
Good job with your current situation. Tax advantage accounts would be the place to put your extra savings from a mathematically standpoint. But the experience of working with a taxable account would give you an opportunity to continue to learn about investing. Also, in the long run, a taxable account could give you some flexibility come retirement time.
But the good thing is, based on what you have accomplished so far, either way would be an okay option for your extra $200 a month.
First of all, great job on saving what you have already. As boring as it sounds, you should just probably keep doing what you are doing. Depending on what your expenses are, your current $7K is probably a good start on your emergency fund. If you want to save for a home, you might want to have a seperate account for that goal. With rates rising, there are "some more than zero" accounts out there. I assume you have a shorter time frame, is why I wouldn't suggest putting your 7K in the market or some other investment. The risk needed to beat what you could get in an savings account most likely wouldn't make much sense.
Another thing to keep in mind, is that you can borrow from your 401k for a first time home buyer. I normally suggest not taking loans against your 401k, but this is an option for someone in your situation. It's always wise to run the numbers to see what options would be best for you.