There are so many places to buy the same product nowadays. Take groceries for example. I can think of five stores off the top of my head that sell essentially the same products. How on earth do we decide where to go to get their groceries? Now let’s consider you’re a business looking to open a 401k plan for your employees, or simply someone looking for your own 401k. There are dozens of firms offering similar plans that can be made up of the same securities. So how do you decide?
Compare, Compare, Compare
You should do your due diligence, with your advisor, and compare all of your options. It is even more crucial to be diligent if you are setting up plan options for employees. You may feel setting up a plan is too expensive, or time consuming. Look at it as an investment in your business. Having benefits such as retirement plans can help attract and keep good talent, as well as potentially giving your business tax breaks. You need to take time to compare costs up front, and don’t forget to revisit your terms at later dates as your company grows.
As an individual there are many things to compare when shopping to get the most dough for your future. For example, if you select a Roth account the seeds of your labor, money going in, will be taxed. If you choose a 401k then only the harvest in retirement, your withdraws, will be taxed. You also have many options when it comes to social security, a divorce, and when it’s time to withdraw money.
It’s important to educate yourself on the options that are available to you. That will help you avoid excess taxes and fees. If you are proactive in the planning of your retirement you help assure your retirement will go smoothly. 401k Land can be confusing. Do your research up front; get with your advisor, and compare, compare, compare.
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