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The Importance and Mechanics of 401(k) Rollovers: Securing Your Retirement

At Asset Strategies, we believe a 401(k) rollover can be a key strategic financial move. It involves transferring funds from one employer-sponsored retirement account, typically a 401(k), into another tax-advantaged retirement account, such as an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) or another employer’s 401(k) plan. This process offers individuals greater control over their retirement savings, access to a broader range of investment options, and the potential for increased flexibility and estate planning. In this comprehensive explanation, we’ll delve into the mechanics of 401(k) rollovers and highlight their significant importance in achieving a secure and well-managed retirement.


  1. Enhancing Investment Options:

One of the primary advantages of a 401(k) rollover is the expanded selection of investment options. Many employer-sponsored 401(k) plans offer a limited menu of investment choices. Rolling over your funds into an IRA allows you to access a broader range of investments, including stocks, bonds, mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), and even alternative investments like real estate investment trusts (REITs) and precious metals.

  1. Control and Management:

By performing a 401(k) rollover, you gain greater control over your retirement savings. As an employee, you are a participant in your employer’s 401(k) plan. The employer maintains control of investment options and plan structure. As an IRA account holder, you are the owner and are in control of that plan. In an IRA, you can actively manage your investments, adjust your asset allocation as you see fit, and react to market conditions or changes in your financial goals. This level of control can be especially valuable as you approach retirement and want to ensure your investments align with your risk tolerance and income needs. Many times, employees make investment choices in their 401(k) plans and those choices go unchanged for decades. Using an investment advisor to manage your 401(k) rollover can eliminate this problem.

  1. Simplicity is Good:

Throughout their career, individuals may accumulate multiple 401(k) accounts from different employers. It is not unheard of to have 3-6 old 401(k) plans sitting out there. Rolling over these accounts into a single IRA or consolidating them into a new employer’s 401(k) plan can simplify your financial life. Managing one or a few retirement accounts is generally more straightforward than keeping track of several separate accounts.

  1. Estate Planning Benefits:

IRA accounts often provide more favorable estate planning options compared to 401(k) plans. For instance, beneficiaries of an inherited IRA have the opportunity to “stretch” the distributions for up to 10 years, potentially allowing the funds to grow tax-deferred for a longer period. This can be a valuable strategy for passing on wealth to the next generation while minimizing the tax impact. As always, specific tax guidance should be directed to a licensed tax professional.

  1. Flexibility and Withdrawal Options:

At Asset Strategies, we believe having control and options with your money is optimal. In an IRA, you might have more flexible withdrawal options compared to a 401(k) plan. Some 401(k) plans have restrictions on withdrawals, especially for individuals still employed by the sponsoring company. With an IRA, you may have more control over when and how you take distributions, which can be advantageous in retirement planning and managing tax liabilities.

  1. Avoiding Penalties:

If you leave a job and decide to cash out your 401(k), rather than roll it over into an eligible retirement account, you could face penalties. If you’re under 59½ years old, you might incur an early withdrawal penalty of 10% on top of income taxes. Rolling over the funds to an IRA or another qualified retirement account helps you avoid these penalties while preserving your savings for retirement.

  1. Portability:

A 401(k) rollover provides portability, meaning your retirement savings can move with you when you change jobs. Instead of leaving your funds behind in an old employer’s plan, you can take them with you and continue to manage them according to your financial goals, risk tolerance, and investment preferences.

  1. Tax Efficiency:

When executed correctly, a direct rollover from a 401(k) to an IRA can be done without incurring any taxes. This maintains the tax-deferred status of your retirement savings. You’ll only pay taxes on withdrawals when you take distributions in retirement, potentially at a lower tax rate if your income is lower during retirement. At Asset Strategies, we make this process simple and easily manageable in your busy schedule.

  1. Financial Planning Opportunities:

A 401(k) rollover can be part of a broader financial planning strategy. It allows you to align your retirement savings with your overall financial goals, risk tolerance, investment strategy, and estate planning objectives. The financial advisors at Asset Strategies can provide guidance on how a 401(k) rollover fits into your comprehensive financial plan.

  1. Streamlining Retirement Income:

In retirement, having a well-organized and consolidated portfolio can simplify the process of generating retirement income. With a streamlined retirement account structure, you can strategically draw from different accounts to manage taxes, satisfy required minimum distributions (RMDs), and create a sustainable income stream that supports your lifestyle.


In conclusion, a 401(k) rollover is a pivotal step in securing your retirement and optimizing your financial future. By moving funds from an employer-sponsored retirement account to an IRA or another qualified retirement plan, you gain greater control, access to a wider range of investment options, estate planning benefits, and the potential for increased flexibility. Engaging in a 401(k) rollover aligns with prudent retirement planning and empowers you to make informed decisions that support your long-term financial well-being.

Contact us today if you have old 401(k) plans that you would like assistance with!



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Background: Ryan was born and raised in Omaha, NE. He has led Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University since 2012 and attended Ramsey Solutions Financial Coach Master Training in 2016. Also, in 2016, Ryan started Nelson Financial Coaching to help clients improve their behavior with money. Ryan is an investment advisor representative and registered representative holding series 7 and 66 registrations with Western International Securities.

Financial Philosophy: Ryan believes in being a guide to help clients on their financial journey. Ryan enjoys teaching and encouraging others. He believes clients should only invest in something that they truly understand. “I want to listen and understand your story. I want to know why you want to invest your money and what your financial goals are. That way we can create a plan together.” Ryan believes that one size does not fit all. Each client is different and helping them create a plan is what drives him every day.

Personal Background: Ryan currently lives in Elkhorn, NE with his wife Courtney. They have 3 daughters Zoey, Harper, and Maggie. Ryan and Courtney enjoy leading FPU at their church. Ryan enjoys spending time with family, reading books, and cooking with friends.

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Personal Background: Chrissie is a native of Nebraska, born and raised in Norfolk. She and her husband have 4 children, two boys and two girls. She loves to spend time with her family. Her favorite past time is cheering on the Huskers and her favorite hobby is running.

Personal Background: Mary is a native of Nebraska, born and raised in Wahoo. She and her husband have 3 children and 7 grandchildren. They thoroughly enjoy all of their antics and activities. In their “spare” time they also enjoy camping, golf, horseback riding, traveling and the Huskers.

Personal Background: Katherine is a native of Nebraska, born and raised in Aurora. After graduating from high school, she went on to study English at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Katherine moved to Omaha in 2006 to be closer to family. In her spare time, Katherine enjoys spending time with family and friends, relaxing at her family’s farm, being outdoors, and is an avid fan of tennis.

Personal Background: Sarah is a native of Nebraska, born and raised in Omaha. She has come to accept the unpredictable weather Nebraska offers. Sarah loves spending time with her husband and three children, cheering for her favorite sports team (Huskers, Royals, Packers and Thunder), reading, cooking and being outdoors.

Personal Background: Anna was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. She recently received her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. In her spare time, Anna enjoys spending time with her family and playing the guitar.

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Background: If you had asked Mandy what she wanted to be when she was growing up, she would have said she wanted to be a dancer like her mom.  She never would have imagined herself following in her father’s footsteps instead, pursuing a career in the field of business.  After being a stay-at-home mom for 12 years and having personal experiences with her own financial advisors, she realized that this was the path for her.

Mandy has been in the industry since 2016.  Her undergraduate work was completed at The Master’s College, and she later earned her MBA from Bellevue University. She is an investment advisor representative and registered representative holding series 7 and 66 registrations with Western International Securities.  Mandy is a licensed fiduciary.

Financial Philosophy: As the common saying goes, “most people don’t plan to fail, they simply fail to plan” and Mandy understands that the topic of money is not generally something folks want to talk about.  Addressing one’s financial situation, for a variety of reasons, oftentimes gets pushed to the back burner.

Mandy enjoys educating her clients – ensuring they understand their investments and how they work.  She is passionate about building relationships, answering questions, and guiding her clients along the way.  She steps back and looks at the big picture, outlining a path for her clients to follow that leads them to their goals.  She is very passionate about this process, treats her client portfolios with the care and commitment she would her own, and finds her job extremely rewarding.

Personal Background: Mandy was born and raised in Montana. She has since traveled the world and now resides in Nebraska with her husband and three boys. She enjoys exercising, finding adventures outdoors with her family, and a good glass of wine over conversation with a friend.

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Background: Chadd Hoeft began his career in 1999 and co-founded Asset Strategies in 2002. Because of his experience, integrity, and professionalism, Chadd has been helping Dave Ramsey and Ramsey Solutions fans with their investments for nearly 19 years. Chadd believes in the principles that Ramsey Solutions teaches and serves each client using those investment philosophies. Chadd is an investment advisor representative and registered representative holding series 6, 7, 63, & 66 registrations with Western International Securities.

Financial Philosophy: Chadd believes that the best approach in helping clients is to get to know them personally. “It is important to sit down with the prospective client and take time to learn who they are.” Chadd strives to understand their financial concerns to identify areas in which he can add value to their lives. The next step is to educate the client on the game plan that has been built. “It is the client’s money; they need to be educated on how their accounts are being invested.” Furthermore, Chadd’s goal is to serve his clients over the long-term. “Whether it is the accumulation phase or the distribution phase, we want to be here to help our clients make good decisions.”

Personal Background: Chadd was born in Grand Island, grew up in Omaha, and graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His home is in Elkhorn with his wife Suzi, son Drew, daughter Campbell, and wheaten terrier, Wrigley. Chadd and his family’s Christian faith are very important to them. He happily serves on a couple of boards at their church. You’ll find Chadd spending time with family and friends and coaching Drew’s football, baseball, and basketball teams. He is an avid sports fan. If one of his favorite teams is playing, he will be watching with high interest.

"Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to do your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming."

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Background: Justin grew up on a farm ranch in Southwest Nebraska. Justin began his career as an advisor in 2000 and co-founded Asset Strategies in 2002. As an Investment Advisor Representative with Western International Securities, Justin has been helping Dave Ramsey and Ramsey Solutions fans with their investments for nearly 19 years because of his experience, integrity, and professionalism. Justin believes in sharing the same investment philosophies with his clients that Dave teaches on his program. He enjoys helping clients begin their journey to building wealth and helping clients manage the wealth they’ve already accumulated or inherited.

Financial Philosophy:

Justin tries to put himself in his client’s shoes when making recommendations. He values trusted and honest relationships, and that is the kind of advisor he wants to be for his clients. Additionally, Justin wants his clients to feel like they can come to him with all of their financial questions. “Whether it is about investing with us or making a personal financial decision outside of our company, I want my clients to feel comfortable talking to me about the decisions they are faced with.”

Justin is also knowledgeable and strives to educate his clients on the investing options they have. He does not believe “one size fits all”. “Each client has their own unique interests and situation, and I want to make sure my recommendations fit their individual goals.”

Personal Background: In his spare time, Justin enjoys coaching youth sports, reading, trips to the farm ranch, spending time with friends, and serving in his church. He lives in Plattsmouth, Nebraska with his wife Jenny, daughters Rachel and Ashleigh, and son Braden. Justin graduated from Hastings College with degrees in Business Administration and Economics. He is an investment advisor representative and registered representative and holds series 6, 7, 63 & 66 registrations.

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."

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