If you have a 401k, then you already know how good it feels to be in charge of your own investments and have multiple different options when compared to the pensions, which are kind of obsolete right now. Yet, no matter how much more freedom you have when compared to pensions, you have probably noticed certain limitations to the 401k as well. That is why you might be thinking about making some changes. If that’s the case, then this might spark your interest.
There are certain limitations to your 401k account that don’t exist when it comes to Individual Retirement Accounts. First of all, you can invest in gold and other precious metals with an IRA, but you cannot do it with a 401k. That is why a lot of people get the idea of doing a rollover and converting their 401k to a particular IRA that can allow them to hold physical gold. Given that you are here, it’s safe to assume that you are thinking about that exact same thing.
Of course, you have a lot of questions on your mind and you don’t want to jump towards doing anything without getting at least some of the answers. The most important questions that are swirling around your mind are probably these two. Can you convert your 401k to physical gold and if yes, then how? Well, those are the two questions that I will try to answer for you today and thus help you understand things more clearly. Let’s start with the first one.
Can You Do This?
It is perfectly natural for us to begin with this particular question, as there is no point in talking about it any further if this option turns out to be impossible. Fortunately, the option is quite possible, so you can now relax, knowing that you can, in fact, convert your 401k to a different account and thus hold physical gold in it. I am sure that a lot of people are quite happy about the fact that they can do this, and you are probably no different.
Here is some more info about the process: https://smartasset.com/retirement/401k-gold-ira-rollover
How To Do It?
Now that you understand that this conversion is a possibility, you will undeniably start wondering about how it can be done. I am not going to lie to you and tell you that the process is a piece of cake. Yet, don’t get intimidated by it, because no matter how much paperwork you might have to do and no matter how complicated it might all see, the truth is that it is ultimately all pretty straightforward and that you’ll manage to successfully complete the process.
Plus, you will have help, which is certainly rather important. The help I am referring to will come from your custodian, which is a company that you’ll have to find and start cooperating with before taking any other steps. Finding a custodian is required by law, because you are not allowed to physically hold precious metals yourself. So, the first step towards completing everything consists of finding a custodian.
When you begin searching for these companies, though, you will realize that things might not be as simple as you might have thought. This is because there are various different custodians out there and there are slight differences in the way they do things and in the quality of their services. Your task is, thus, to choose the perfect custodian after doing your fair share of research on all of those that you’ll find on the market.
Once you complete that step, you’ll proceed to the next one. Simply put, you’ll need to open the IRA account that allows you to hold physical gold. It is called a self-directed account and you should follow all the right steps towards setting it up correctly.
Here comes the rollover now. When you open the IRA that you need, you will have to complete the rollover process and basically fund your new IRA with the help of your 401k. The custodian that you have chosen previously will be able to help you with the rollover process, so make sure to talk to them about it and let them guide you.