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by retiredjg
Fri Jan 18, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Going from 100-0 to 90-10 with bonds in taxable account
Replies: 9
Views: 441

Re: Going from 100-0 to 90-10 with bonds in taxable account

Just how bad are your choices in the 401k? I'd probably just shift $20k in the 401k from stocks to bonds.

$220k income will not get you anywhere near the highest federal tax bracket. Perhaps there is other income not mentioned?
by retiredjg
Fri Jan 18, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: help with financial planning
Replies: 30
Views: 2796

Re: help with financial planning

mirandablue wrote:
Fri Jan 18, 2019 4:24 pm
Thank you! I will contact wealthfront. I had some more specific questions about the taxable asset allocation. Is it possible to private message you?
Yes. Just click on the little icon next to "contact" under my user name.
by retiredjg
Fri Jan 18, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Setting Up my 3-Fund Portfolio Help
Replies: 4
Views: 453

Re: Setting Up my 3-Fund Portfolio Help

There is a thing called the "back door" through which people with high incomes can get money into Roth IRA. Chances are, someone will suggest you do that. Don't do it . Your SEP IRA will interfere. For you Roth IRA is off the table, at least for now. Your SEP IRA does not interfere with your wife us...
by retiredjg
Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: help with financial planning
Replies: 30
Views: 2796

Re: help with financial planning

I contributed $5500 towards ROTH IRA for 2018 early in the year. With the job change, my gross income (before taxes) for 2018 comes out to around 175k. So, likely exceed the income limit for qualifying? What can be done? Thanks again! It appears you are over the limit. The MAGI for head of househol...
by retiredjg
Fri Jan 18, 2019 7:47 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Whoops, thought wife's tIRA was Roth...help!
Replies: 30
Views: 2277

Re: Whoops, thought wife's tIRA was Roth...help!

Wow. I'm amazed it actually got fixed this fast!
by retiredjg
Thu Jan 17, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Best 401k options before rollover???
Replies: 6
Views: 297

Re: Best 401k options before rollover???

We don't know what you asked and we don't know they told you and we don't know whether what they said is the same or different from what you understood. But...here are the regs from the IRS. https://www.irs.gov/retirement-plans/plan-participant-employee/rollovers-of-retirement-plan-and-ira-distribut...
by retiredjg
Thu Jan 17, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Setting Up my 3-Fund Portfolio Help
Replies: 4
Views: 453

Re: Setting Up my 3-Fund Portfolio Help

I think you would need to roll your current SEP money to an IRA at the custodian of your choice. It would appear you prefer Vanguard. And yes, you could set things up as you planned. But you should probably coordinate that with your other retirement accounts. If you don't have any other retirement a...
by retiredjg
Thu Jan 17, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Best 401k options before rollover???
Replies: 6
Views: 297

Re: Best 401k options before rollover

ThriftyisFun wrote:
Thu Jan 17, 2019 5:25 pm
I understand I can only do one rollover per rolling 365 period, so I need to plan this right. 
This rule does not apply to 401k to IRA distributions. :happy
by retiredjg
Thu Jan 17, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Are mega back door Roth contributions considered contributions?
Replies: 87
Views: 2854

Re: Are mega back door Roth contributions considered contributions?

Here's one last thing to consider. We agree that the $1,000 that was earnings in the after-tax account gets taxed as it goes into Roth 401k. You think that money then joins up with earnings in the Roth 401k. I suppose it would have to be passed on as earnings into the Roth IRA. If what you think is ...
by retiredjg
Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Are mega back door Roth contributions considered contributions?
Replies: 87
Views: 2854

Re: Are mega back door Roth contributions considered contributions?

One thing that you may have overlooked, the things you quoted talk about a "qualified rollover from a designated Roth account". That word "qualified" is critical. https://www.irs.gov/retirement-plans/designated-roth-accounts-distributions "A qualified distribution from a designated Roth account is e...
by retiredjg
Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Are mega back door Roth contributions considered contributions?
Replies: 87
Views: 2854

Re: Are mega back door Roth contributions considered contributions?

My position is that when the Roth 401k to Roth IRA rollover occurs (before five year clock has run out), the result is: $1,000 basis $2,000 earnings Based on the sources in my previous post (primarily the bolded portion of the first quote), I don't think it's possible for a Roth 401k to rollover Ro...
by retiredjg
Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: help with financial planning
Replies: 30
Views: 2796

Re: Help with financial planning and saving for retirement- reposting with details

Here is what you currently have. Total portfolio = $299k Taxable $200k 66.9% cash Current 401k $9k 3% target fund at 90/10 ROTH IRA with wealthfront: $10k 3.3% mixed portfolio at 90/10 Old 403(b) $80k 26.8% target at 90/10 and some money market Roll the old 403b into your current 401k if allowed. In...
by retiredjg
Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: help with financial planning
Replies: 30
Views: 2796

Re: help with financial planning

But first, you need to determine if you were/are eligible to contribute to Roth IRA for 2018. If not, if you have already contributed, that will need to be fixed.

Have you already contributed? How about an estimate of your total income for 2018?
by retiredjg
Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: help with financial planning
Replies: 30
Views: 2796

Re: Help with financial planning and saving for retirement- reposting with details

1. I want to invest the cash in hand ($200k) for retirement, and contribute a fixed amount on a monthly basis for retirement. Where should I invest and what asset allocations? Should I keep the current target dated fund or use individual funds. What are the advantages of each?. If individual funds,...
by retiredjg
Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Are mega back door Roth contributions considered contributions?
Replies: 87
Views: 2854

Re: Are mega back door Roth contributions considered contributions?

Lyrrad, my brain is not nimble enough to follow what you are doing. I'm not even sure what your question is since it is not clear what part of your post you are referring to when you ask "Does this seem correct?" Here is how I think this works. Probably only Alan S. will know if it is correct or not...
by retiredjg
Wed Jan 16, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: John Bogle has died at age 89
Replies: 823
Views: 40207

Re: John Bogle is dead at 89

Thanks Jack!

You made a difference, a really big difference, to a whole lot of people. :wink:
by retiredjg
Wed Jan 16, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Are mega back door Roth contributions considered contributions?
Replies: 87
Views: 2854

Re: Are mega back door Roth contributions considered contributions?

Justin, pay attention. I'm referring to the "earnings" before the conversion/rollover. Yes you are. Those earnings get taxed when the rollover/conversion happen. If you're rolling a Roth 401k to a Roth IRA, the pre-conversion earnings can't be withdrawn early penalty free at all. That is because, un...
by retiredjg
Wed Jan 16, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Are mega back door Roth contributions considered contributions?
Replies: 87
Views: 2854

Re: Are mega back door Roth contributions considered contributions?

It's interesting that: Trad IRA -> Roth IRA all eligible for early withdrawal - this is true for the part you converted; not true for the earnings that occur after the conversion (inside the Roth container). After-tax 401k -> Roth IRA all eligible for early withdrawal this is true for the part you ...
by retiredjg
Wed Jan 16, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Are mega back door Roth contributions considered contributions?
Replies: 87
Views: 2854

Re: Are mega back door Roth contributions considered contributions?

Any part of the $100k rollover that was a conversion would have a 5 tax year clock on it. I think. Pretty sure. The five year clock stops once you are over 59.5 and it has been 5 years or more since the first Roth IRA was established (via contribution or conversion). I agree the 5 tax year conversi...
by retiredjg
Wed Jan 16, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Preparing for modest early retirement in 5yrs. Questions & Feedback.
Replies: 36
Views: 2390

Re: Preparing for modest early retirement in 5yrs. Questions & Feedback.

What should we invest in with the 457s? Bonds, since we will need them sooner? I doubt that I'd fill the 457s with bonds, at least no this far out. But it does seem reasonable for that money to be invested more conservatively than the 401k/403b accounts. Also, when she hits 50, we could do the 6k+ ...
by retiredjg
Wed Jan 16, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Are mega back door Roth contributions considered contributions?
Replies: 87
Views: 2854

Re: Are mega back door Roth contributions considered contributions?

After you rollover a Roth 401k to a Roth IRA (say a total of $100k in funds), all $100k is immediately withdrawable penalty free, regardless of age. Correct? That is not correct. The part of the $100k rollover that is the result of earnings inside the Roth 401k is not available without tax and pena...
by retiredjg
Wed Jan 16, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Are mega back door Roth contributions considered contributions?
Replies: 87
Views: 2854

Re: Are mega back door Roth contributions considered contributions?

So based on this information, 100% of the funds from a Roth 401k -> Roth IRA conversion would be immediately available for early withdrawal penalty free (no need to wait 5 years). JustinR, this discussion was never about Roth 401k rolling out to Roth IRA. This discussion was about an after-tax acco...
by retiredjg
Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Preparing for modest early retirement in 5yrs. Questions & Feedback.
Replies: 36
Views: 2390

Re: Preparing for modest early retirement in 5yrs. Questions & Feedback.

As usual, thanks for the wonderful advice retiredjg! I think my wife will probably drop down to half-time until she hits 55. This could have an additional benefit. The law allows 401k/403b plans to allow penalty free withdrawals to people who retire in or after the year they reach 55. If she does w...
by retiredjg
Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Preparing for modest early retirement in 5yrs. Questions & Feedback.
Replies: 36
Views: 2390

Re: Preparing for modest early retirement in 5yrs. Questions & Feedback.

How to fund retirement from 52 to 59.5? Two 457s with 100k and two roth IRAs with 60k? The retirement expenses are already covered by the pension. There will be about $200k available from the two 457 accounts. I think you need to make that $200k last till 59.5 if you can. That would be in the neigh...
by retiredjg
Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Taxable diversification question and portfolio review request
Replies: 9
Views: 611

Re: Taxable diversification question and portfolio review request

1. We would like some bond diversification in taxable, but understand it gets expensive, fast given our tax bracket. We don't want to hold all of our bonds in tax advantaged. If we must start using our investments to cover expenses earlier than retirement, we need some hedge against volatility for ...
by retiredjg
Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Are mega back door Roth contributions considered contributions?
Replies: 87
Views: 2854

Re: Are mega back door Roth contributions considered contributions?

Celia, thank you for bringing in the correct terminology to this discussion. :happy I think what investor997 is missing is that each "conversion contribution" or "rollover contribution" can have both a taxable and a non-taxable component. These are treated differently when it comes to the 5 tax year...
by retiredjg
Wed Jan 16, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: help with financial planning
Replies: 30
Views: 2796

Re: help with financial planning

What is the ER for the target funds?
by retiredjg
Wed Jan 16, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Are mega back door Roth contributions considered contributions?
Replies: 87
Views: 2854

Re: Are mega back door Roth contributions considered contributions?

Let's look at your scenario. In Year One, Joe Investor's income was under the IRS limit for Roth IRA contributions. He opened a new Roth IRA account and contributed $5,500 to it. In Year Two, Joe Investor got a big raise and was no longer able to contribute to a Roth IRA. Instead, he opened a Tradit...
by retiredjg
Wed Jan 16, 2019 8:17 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Are mega back door Roth contributions considered contributions?
Replies: 87
Views: 2854

Re: Are mega back door Roth contributions considered contributions?

You are getting close to the answer, but are not quite there yet. There are two ways to add money to a Roth IRA: Contributions (ie, what you deposit directly if you're under the income limits), or Conversions (Back Door and Mega Back Door). There are at least 4 ways - direct contributions, Roth conv...
by retiredjg
Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:29 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Are mega back door Roth contributions considered contributions?
Replies: 87
Views: 2854

Split from: Are mega back door Roth contributions considered contributions?

Wow Justin. :( Not sure why my comments would elicit snark. I don't think the question is all that simple. I don't think my points are irrelevant or vague. I just don't think the poster is asking the right question - the poster's question is based on an incorrect assumption. Wrong assumption = wrong...
by retiredjg
Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Are mega back door Roth contributions considered contributions?
Replies: 87
Views: 2854

Re: Are mega back door Roth contributions considered contributions?

"Contributions" in your Roth can be accessed before age 60, after a five year seasoning period. A lot of people think this, but it is incorrect. A direct contribution to Roth IRA can be accessed at any time. There is no 5 year seasoning period required. OP is asking if mega backdoor Roths are consi...
by retiredjg
Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Are mega back door Roth contributions considered contributions?
Replies: 87
Views: 2854

Re: Are mega back door Roth contributions considered contributions?

I think I know the answer to this but I'd like confirmation: Are Mega Back Door Roth IRA contributions considered "contributions" in the traditional sense? The reason I ask is because Roth IRA contributions can be withdrawn at any time without penalty, and doing so may be a way to gain access to a ...
by retiredjg
Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Are mega back door Roth contributions considered contributions?
Replies: 87
Views: 2854

Re: Are mega back door Roth contributions considered contributions?

Ok. I guess I had heard about the necessity of having an empty tIRA. An empty tIRA at the end of the year is critical for an ordinary back door contribution to Roth unless you want to deal with pro-rating. The same is not true for the mega back door Roth because it can skip going through tIRA.
by retiredjg
Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Are mega back door Roth contributions considered contributions?
Replies: 87
Views: 2854

Re: Are mega back door Roth contributions considered contributions?

Just to state again Mega back door Roth 1. Starts with an after tax contribution to Traditional 401k. 2. Execution of a rollover of the post tax contribution to an empty traditional IRA. 3. Immediate conversion the traditional Ira to Roth IRA. There should be 0 or very little gain if done immediate...
by retiredjg
Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Are mega back door Roth contributions considered contributions?
Replies: 87
Views: 2854

Re: Are mega back door Roth contributions considered contributions?

That’s not what he asked. I suspect the term Mega he refers to means his after tax contribution is still with 401k, It’s possible to withdraw money while it’s in 401k before you transfer to Roth IRA, that’s what I did. "Mega back door" can refer to either thing - an in-service Roth Rollover (to Rot...
by retiredjg
Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Are mega back door Roth contributions considered contributions?
Replies: 87
Views: 2854

Re: Are mega back door Roth contributions considered contributions?

DrGoogle2017 wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 7:44 pm
This is not Roth IRA, this is 401k contribution, that’s what Mega Backdoor refers to.
Once money gets into Roth IRA, via the mega back door or any other route, Roth IRA distribution rules apply. :happy
by retiredjg
Tue Jan 15, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Are mega back door Roth contributions considered contributions?
Replies: 87
Views: 2854

Re: Are mega back door Roth contributions considered contributions?

Lots of confusion here. Let's assume you have nothing in Roth IRA. If you use the mega back door and send both your after-tax contributions and their earnings to Roth IRA, that starts a 5 tax year clock on the earnings part. The contributions are after-tax and have no clock. The earnings are a conv...
by retiredjg
Tue Jan 15, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Are mega back door Roth contributions considered contributions?
Replies: 87
Views: 2854

Re: Are mega back door Roth contributions considered contributions?

Lots of confusion here. Let's assume you have nothing in Roth IRA. If you use the mega back door and send both your after-tax contributions and their earnings to Roth IRA, that starts a 5 tax year clock on the earnings part. The contributions are after-tax and have no clock. The earnings are a conve...
by retiredjg
Tue Jan 15, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: School staff threatened to call social worker
Replies: 54
Views: 2726

Re: School staff threatened to call social worker

What is this "call the social worker" thing about? When I first read your post, it seemed to me that the school does not have the authority to approve all the days you are asking for, but maybe the social worker could give you an exception that the school cannot give. If that is the case, I'd go wit...
by retiredjg
Tue Jan 15, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Should I Contribute to After Tax 401k?
Replies: 11
Views: 723

Re: Should I Contribute to After Tax 401k?

P.S. If things are really like you think they are, it might be worthwhile to do the contributions for 2 years and then do a rollover - then you will only miss part of your match every other year. Or every 3rd year or whatever. Whether all this is worth it for you may be dependent on the bigger pictu...
by retiredjg
Tue Jan 15, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Should I Contribute to After Tax 401k?
Replies: 11
Views: 723

Re: Should I Contribute to After Tax 401k?

I would also miss out on the employer match for those 90 days. Before making a decision, I think you need to verify two things. 1) Be sure that your employer actually does the match that way you think it is done. Some require a contribution from every paycheck to get the full match. Some require th...
by retiredjg
Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Oops Over Roth IRA Income Limit - Maybe...
Replies: 10
Views: 507

Re: Oops Over Roth IRA Income Limit - Maybe...

If you made an excess contribution, you will be given the opportunity to fix that before a penalty occurs.
by retiredjg
Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Oops Over Roth IRA Income Limit - Maybe...
Replies: 10
Views: 507

Re: Oops Over Roth IRA Income Limit - Maybe...

You will have to fiddle with your pay stubs to see if your traditional 401k contributions are in that $200k number or not. Same with contributions to HSA/FSA and I think with health insurance you pay for through your employer (I'm not clear on that). It is possible you'll have to look at last year's...
by retiredjg
Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: help with financial planning
Replies: 30
Views: 2796

Re: help with financial planning

What is the advantage and disadvantage of using target fund vs. individual funds. If I use individual funds, do I have to rebalance them often? Target funds are easy. All you do is add money. Individual funds may (or may not) lower the portfolio cost a small amount. Rebalancing is variable but once...
by retiredjg
Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Portfolio HELP - time to stop the bleeding from AUM fee
Replies: 34
Views: 2368

Re: Portfolio HELP - time to stop the bleeding from AUM fee

The FA was suppose to be selecting tax efficient investments due to our high tax bracket but based on the feedback from the Bogleheads the FA didn't do very well in tax efficiency or ERs. Maybe, maybe not. It is common for advisors to select tax-exempt bonds over taxable bonds for people in a high ...
by retiredjg
Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: After tax contribution OR roth conversion?
Replies: 31
Views: 816

Re: After tax contribution OR roth conversion?

It would be nice to see all the data in one place. Since this is an early retirement and since you need the 457b money to live on in the first several years, I'm coming around to thinking that filling 3 accounts (including two 457bs) with traditional contributions is reasonable for your situation . ...
by retiredjg
Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: After tax contribution OR roth conversion?
Replies: 31
Views: 816

Re: After tax contribution OR roth conversion?

Current ages (45 &47). Possible early retirement ages (50 & 52). Pension (68k/yr till both die, will cover living expenses). Your problem is going to be that $68k will not be worth much 40 years after you retire and each of you could live that long. Any possibility of a COLA on the pension(s)? Savi...
by retiredjg
Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: After tax contribution OR roth conversion?
Replies: 31
Views: 816

Re: After tax contribution OR roth conversion?

fortfun wrote:
Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:13 pm
DW must have been mistaken. It appears you can withdraw roth 457 at separation. You agree?
https://www.copera.org/sites/default/fi ... /14-71.pdf
Yes, that is what it says to me.
by retiredjg
Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: After tax contribution OR roth conversion?
Replies: 31
Views: 816

Re: After tax contribution OR roth conversion?

Pension (68k/yr till both die, will cover living expenses). Does this start at 50/52? However, we should each have about 60k in Roth IRAs and we should each have about 100k in 457s. Are you the couple who has 2 401ks, 2 403bs, and 2 457bs? If yes, are you telling me that none of those 6 accounts ha...
by retiredjg
Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: After tax contribution OR roth conversion?
Replies: 31
Views: 816

Re: After tax contribution OR roth conversion?

1. Her employer's website says if she uses the roth version of the 457, the money cannot be withdrawn until 59.5. We will need it before then. That's pretty much unexpected and makes no sense at all, at least not to me. Spirit Rider, are you around? I can confirm that I have seen that before. A rel...