Whether you can do a direct transfer of the Vanguard fund from your 401k to your IRA is up to your employer's 401k service provider. Some will do this, others will not. The worst case scenario is you will be forced to sell the Vanguard fund, they will send you a check made payable to your IRA custodian, then you just buy the same fund again. You will be out of the fund for a short period, bu this can work to your advantage or disadvantage depending on the market movement during that time. In any case, over a long time horizon, it won;t matter much that you were out of the market for a few days.I would just open a conduit IRA at Vanguard. This way, you can buy the shares of the Vanguard fund you want, plus do any individual stock or bond trading avia Vanguards low cost self directed brokerage account. Then, any dollar amount you wish to rollover to your new employer's 401k you can do so.I would leave it all in the IRA. You have more investment choices, more beneficiary options, and more withdrawal flexibility in an IRA than a 401kBill
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