Early Retirement Account Withdrawals

“What if I need my retirement money early?”

As a general rule, I recommend that people roll over their 401(k) into an IRA at 59 1/2 or whenever they can; but there are cases in which it may be beneficial to leave the money in the 401(k) or withdraw it early: disability, financial hardship, being called up as a reservist, or even becoming a first-time home buyer or paying for higher education. But a lot of these exceptions need to be used with caution, and that’s what we’re going to spend our time talking about in this show.

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