Advice4Life | November 2017 | Are you considering changing jobs?

November 30th, 2017 | | Advice4Life

Do you have 401k plans or pensions with your prior employer? 
Are you considering changing jobs?

If you are going through this transition or know of someone who is, please read on, AEGIS Financial Advisors can help along the way…


You should seek AEGIS advice if:

  • You are retiring or transitioning to a new job
  • You want to learn what other options are available for saving for retirement
  • Your company is going through a merger or being sold
  • Your prior employer is still managing your money
  • Rolling over your 401k is done incorrectly leading to potential early withdrawal penalties and taxes
  • You’re subject to a 10% penalty for taking early distributions at age 50 or older (talk to us about the exceptions to this rule such as medical, divorce, “being a public service employee”, etc.)
  • Your pension is at risk because the company will soon dissolve
  • There are tax ramifications with your deferred compensation and stock options


We will:

  1. Review your current plan(s)
  2. Communicate the rules of 401k, pensions, deferred comp, stock options
  3. Provide education on what options are a best fit for you
  4. Discuss ways to help minimize tax implications that may come with changing jobs


Example Scenario:

Recently we have been able to work with an individual in his early 50’s who was a Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for subsidiary of a fortune 200 company.

We were asked to help him and his family transition to a similar position with the new company, in another state, to allow him and his wife to be closer to his daughter after she and their son-in-law had a baby boy, their first grandchild.

There are a number of financial vehicles that this individual was dealing with which included a 401(k) plan, a group term life insurance plan, a deferred compensation plan, a restricted stock option plan as well as long-term disability plan. Our goal was to help them transition with the least amount of tax as well as set up a plan for him to retire within the next 10 years.

In structuring the transition our goal was to keep his current income as low as possible since he was already in a high tax bracket.

We started by directly transferring his 401(k) plan to an IRA which allowed the funds to transfer without any tax implications.

For life insurance we applied for a substantial 10 year term policy. Although this individual was denied coverage we were able to get him coverage through his new employer where the underwriting was less restrictive. He was also able to get a long-term disability plan through his new employer.

The deferred compensation plan became 100% taxable upon termination. Since he received an upfront bonus from the new employer to cover some of the tax on the deferred compensation, our goal was to delay the payment until the next year when his taxable income would be lower. We were successful in getting the deferred compensation plan paid in a year following transition.

The stock option plan was concentrated in the prior employer stock. We were able to roll over the stock in kind into an investment account and begin a plan to diversify those holdings and spread the tax on the gain over the next few years.

The family now is looking forward to retirement with their plan in place, close to their grandson enjoying watching him grow, and hoping another one comes along soon.


The above example is provided for illustrative purposes only. Every investor’s situation is unique and you should consider your investment goals, risk tolerance and time horizon before making any investment. Investing involves risk and you may incur a profit or loss regardless of strategy selected.
You should consider all of your available options and the applicable fees and features of each option before moving your retirement assets.

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