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I need some help! My wife and I both have money in Mutual funds from previous employers. (Hers is actually rolled over into a "Select Annuity" and mine is in "Fidelity Contra Fund" and "Fidelity Asset Manager" and "Fidelity Index Fund")>
My Question is... A)Can I (or more importantly should I) open a discount brokerage account and buy stocks? B)Can I combine my wife's with mine when I do so?!
I'd really appreciate any comments or help regarding this matter.
Thank You!
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If these are 401ks then you can and should roll them over into a Rollover IRA at a broker that you are comfortable with.

I really don't think you can combine pre-tax dollars from defined retirement accounts of two individuals. This is a question for a CPA. But, it makes no sense to combine them because if you have two rollover IRA's in different names, you can put up to $2,000 a year in each. If you have one in both names, the max is $2,000.

Anyway, there are some good links on this website about these things. Just have to go look.
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<< I need some help! My wife and I both have money in Mutual funds from previous employers. (Hers is actually rolled over into a "Select Annuity" and mine is in "Fidelity Contra Fund" and "Fidelity Asset Manager" and "Fidelity Index Fund")>
My Question is... A)Can I (or more importantly should I) open a discount brokerage account and buy stocks? B)Can I combine my wife's with mine when I do so?!
I'd really appreciate any comments or help regarding this matter.
Thank You! >>

Hello Slow Hand and a Foolish Welcome To You!

If these are indeed 401k plans you are going to have to consult with the plan adminstrator to see what your options really are. A Rollover IRA as another reader suggested may indeed be the best option.

With respect to the "Select Annuity", get out the contract and become familiar with it and the contract options first. Also check performance and surrender fees. Check performance based on what your wife has actually paid in and not the internal performance that insurance companies usually put out.

There are a lot of variables here so a good Financial Professional may be helpful. In any event consider reposting (and perhaps rewriting a bit first) to our Retirment Board. Remember too that TMF has a whole section on the various aspects of retirement. Here are the links.

http://boards.fool.com/Messages.asp?id=1040013000000000
http://www.fool.com/Retirement/Retirement.htm

Foolish Best Wishes!
Peter Lincoln
TMF BALDer
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