Individuals may execute rollovers of retirement plan assets to an IRA when they change jobs or finally retire. These transfers offer individuals an opportunity to consolidate retirement assets into a single account, reduce costs, and expand investment options. The recipient accounts which receive plan assets are often termed Rollover IRAs.
Rollover IRAs are also sometimes referred to as Conduit IRAs, since they can also be used to hold assets rolled over from one employer provided plan until rolled over into another employer provided plan.
A Rollover IRA is created by one of two methods:
- Trustee-to-trustee transfer (usually the preferred method);
These transfer options are discussed in IRA rollovers and transfers.