No. of Recommendations: 2
"1. Leave it where it is."

Don't. simple answer is you can't add anything to it if you leave it as is and you want your nest egg to grow and grow as you deposit more money to it.

"4. Roll it to an annuitity"

DON'T, DON'T, DON'T, DON'T, DON'T...This is abominable choice. I'll explain later.

"2. Roll it to a Roth IRA"

Always a good choice but as indicated you need to roll it to a T-IRA first. See pub. 590 for more details. It's written fairly well.

"3. Roll it to the new company"

Depends on the quality of the funds in the 401k. Many 401k's are not very good passing up free money from your employer if they offer it (and they should) is a big mistake.

Not sure of your situation but you might want to ask yourself a few questions...

1) How am I saving today? Am I on target for retirement?
2) Am I contributing the max to my new company's 401k?
3) Do I also contribute max to a T-IRA
4) Am I making more than $160,000 a year? If so, a Roth is not an option.

If you are not contributing the max to your 401k or T-IRA then find a way to do that first depending on your ultimate goal.

Annuities are just not very good choices at all (See

There are way to many alternatives to really make an annuity a good deal. Look at annuities vs. just regular mutual funds. The selling point of tax deferral comes at a significant cost in fees and the death benefit is rarely worth it. 401k's and T-IRA's gains are taxed at your income level when you retire. Annuities follow the same pattern. If you're income tax rate is say 31%...well...whack 31% off of your gains. You can invest in a low cost no load index fund which is very tax efficient and as long as you hold on to it for over a year (some times vary I think) will be taxed at 20%...correction...15% long term capital gain!!!

Some aren't bad like TIAA-CREF but if you're not contributing the max to your 401k or T-IRA/ROTH then an annuity rarely makes any sense.

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