Retirement Planning/pension rollover question

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My employer is stopping putting in our pension plan and we need to choose what to do with our monies we have in it. What is best option to do? I need to work 10 more years before full retirement at 66 years of age. Leave it, roll it over to IRA, roll over to my 401k? Help please! Thank you.

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Cheryl thanks for your question and I hope this answer helps a little in your decision.

First and foremost you need to seek out the guidance of a Certified Financial Planner in your area that can help you put together a retirement plan and process that is right for your goals and objectives. I would definitely make this a priority as 10 years before retirement is in reality not that long. There are many issues that go into being able to be retired and stay retired that you want to make sure you plan accordingly.

In reference to your question in reality all three solutions you mentioned work however its dependent on many variables that would be crucial for me as an advisor to understand before a prudent answer can be provided. For example, leaving it in the pension account might work if you had some risk aversion, or if your retirement assets were not enough that the guaranteed income may be beneficial. Rolling it into your 401k could also be a viable option but truthfully most 401k plans I have reviewed over many years are not that great and pretty expensive.

So as you can see your question although simple has many variables. Again, consider taking time to review your personal situation with a Certified Financial Planner in your area.  

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