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How safe is an IRA if you are sued?

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Is an IRA and ERISA type investment...thus not being at risk if I am sued? What about my 401k? I also have a 403B that is an ERISA type savings.
Age: 55 to 64
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 - California
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Thanks for the great question, Marcia. Creditor protection can be an important factor to take into consideration with your retirement savings. Generally speaking, qualified plans like a 401(k) or 403(b) offer unlimited protection from creditors under federal law. IRA assets, however, are only protected in bankruptcy proceedings. State laws vary in the amount of protection provided to IRAs in lawsuits.

Fidelity can help you weigh the factors to consider when comparing IRAs and other qualified plans like a 401(k) or 403(b). Call your plan’s toll-free service center phone line, or 800-343-3548, to speak with a representative. If this is potentially an area of concern for you for whatever reason, I suggest consulting with an attorney in your area who would be more familiar with your state’s rules on creditor protection of IRAs.

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also need the report to show as much information as possible ie how it is split up and how it is invested with symbols etc.
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Thank you for your question regarding how you are able to receive a detailed report of your 401(k) plan.

In general, you are able to view an account statement online by following these steps:
• Go to www.NetBenefits.com and log in to your account.
• On the home page you will see your 401(k) plan, and there is a Quick Links dropdown menu. Using this, select Statements.
• On the following page, you would select the time period you are looking for, going back up to 24 months, and select the button for Retrieve Statement.
• You will then be able to print the statement you have loaded.

Regarding the symbols for your investments; if an investment is not publicly traded it will not have a ticker symbol. If this is the case for your specific investments, you may be able to get the information you need by calling the Benefits Center at 800-835-5097, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. till midnight Eastern Time. To see all your investments and symbols listed, follow the steps above, but select Investment Performance and Research from the Quick Links menu. Under View Your Performance, you will see your holdings, and if the investment has a symbol, it will be shown in parentheses.

If these steps don’t provide the information you are looking for, or if you prefer to have documents mailed to you, we can certainly see what other options we have to get you the information you need as soon as possible.

Thank you for taking the time to message us. I hope this helps.

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All the major indices are at all time highs. I'm ready to take cover since I'm only a few years from retirement. Advice on which funds are best suited for a big correction in the market (>10%#. Combined 401K plans #mine and wife) ~ $900K. Can't afford to lose this...
Age: 45 to 54
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 - The Woodlands, TX, USA
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I appreciate your level of concern regarding the current market indexes as you approach retirement. You certainly should make sure your investments are allocated in a way that makes sense for your situation.

A proper asset allocation strategy (your mix of stocks, bonds, and cash) should be based on your risk tolerance and your time frame. If a person is very uncomfortable with the ups and downs of the market, they should consider a more conservative portfolio (more bonds or cash and less stock). Or perhaps a person is comfortable with normal market fluctuations, but might need to utilize their assets in the near future. This person would also want a more conservative mix, to avoid having to sell investments when they may be lower in value due to market changes.

Even though you want to try to make sure your investments don’t lose value as you approach retirement, a recent Fidelity Viewpoints® article reports that most people can expect to live 20 years or more in retirement: https://www.fidelity.com/viewpoints... Over that time period, a portfolio without the ability to provide some growth could be impacted by inflation.

My first suggestion is to call your plan’s toll-free service center phone line and ask to speak with a guidance representative who can help you put together a mix of investments that meets your time frame and risk tolerance. If you prefer to do it on your own, you could use the Portfolio Review tool on NetBenefits® and Fidelity.com.

Thanks and good luck.

Sarah

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Guidance provided by Fidelity through the Portfolio Review tool is educational in nature, is not individualized, and is not intended to serve as the primary basis for your investment or tax-planning decisions.
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Where can I find your loan calculator?

Age: 45 to 54
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 - Parts Unknown
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Thanks for your question. You can use the loan modeling tool available on NetBenefits® to determine what the payments would be for various types of loans and repayment periods.

To model a loan:
1. Log in to NetBenefits.com.
2. Select Loans or Withdrawals from the Quick Links menu under your plan name.
3. Select Request a Loan or Withdrawal.
4. Then choose Set Up and Preview Loan from the available types of loans.

This will bring you to the loan modeling page where you can change the inputs to see what different loans will look like for you.

You can also call your plan’s toll-free service center phone line to have a representative provide the loan information based on your requirements.

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Using the same percentage allocated is fine.
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Thanks for your question. There are two different types of investment allocations to consider. You can change how your current assets are invested by selling your current investments and moving that money into the 2035 fund. You can also change where your new contributions are invested. These can both be done by logging into NetBenefits®, and selecting Change Investments under the Quick Links menu listed under your plan name.

The other way to accomplish both transactions is to call your plan’s toll-free service center phone line and have a representative assist you with both changes.

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