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Seems like you are inviting more cooks into the kitchen by posting the question here.
You are not allowed to transfer directly from a 401k to a ROTH. You can only transfer to a Traditional (Rollover) IRA then to a ROTH. Doing this will give you the greatest flexibility in terms of investment choices and withdrawal options.
Plus, a ROTH may not be right for you, it depends on a few factors such as your age, tax bracket, and future tax bracket.
if you go the ROTH route, you will have to pay regular income tax on the amount you put into the ROTH. With either a ROTH or Traditional IRA, you can open an account at any discount broker and invest in anything you like. (indivisual stocks, bonds, mutual funds) You can probably invest in the same mutual funds that are in your old employers Plan.

Bill
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