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The Betterment Rollover: A Fast Track to a Better Financial Future

Roll over a Traditional, Roth, or SEP IRA—and start yourself on the path to a better financial future.

Articles by Betterment Editors

By the Editorial Staff
Betterment Resource Center  |  Published: February 26, 2019

At Betterment, we’ll manage your account for you, without the hidden fees that you may be used to from other providers. We invest your money in a low-cost, globally diversified portfolio, and we offer personalized advice with your best interests in mind.

Before us, there wasn’t an easy, automatic way for people to get advice and invest their money. We built our platform from the ground up to give customers an intuitive interface, designed to lead to better behavior and better expected returns.

Take advantage of the benefits we offer by rolling over your old 401(k)s and other retirement accounts into an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) here at Betterment.

We make it easy. Roll over within minutes.

Our Mission: Low-Cost Investing and Personalized Advice for Everyone

We believe that everyone has the right to both low-cost investing as well as advice that is tailored to their situation. We offer services that we believe will help make everyone a smarter investor—and help them ultimately reach their goals.

Personalized advice keeps you on track.

Our retirement advice shows you how much to save for retirement based on your current age, your desired retirement age, where you plan to retire, and how much you’re saving across all of your retirement accounts—even those that are held somewhere other than Betterment. You can even include your spouse’s accounts in order to plan more accurately.

Our globally-diversified portfolio balances risk and reward.

Rollovers and deposits into IRAs at Betterment are instantly diversified across our global portfolio. We carefully select Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) across 12 types of asset classes, which are invested in more than 36,000 stocks and bonds, which represent companies and governments in over 100 countries.

Because no one can predict how each asset class, country, or company will perform in a given month or year, it’s often best to diversify across them all. This helps to balance out your returns over time.

Tax-smart automation boosts your returns.

While IRAs already offer many great tax benefits, our Tax-Coordinated Portfolio™ (TCP) feature helps take it a step further. TCP optimizes and automates a strategy called asset location. It starts by placing your assets that will be taxed highly in your IRAs, which have big tax breaks. Then, it places assets taxed at lower rates into your taxable retirement account.

Our research shows that this strategy can boost after-tax returns by an average of 0.48% each year, which approximately amounts to an extra 15% over 30 years.

Save money with our low fees.

Our fees are a fraction of the cost of other services because of our cutting-edge technology. We are vertically integrated, meaning we are the registered investment advisor (RIA) and the broker-dealer through our affiliated entity, Betterment Securities.

That means we handle the investment process from beginning to end, which allows us to charge lower fees than other investment services, which have to work with and pay third-party custodians. Additionally, all of our fees are completely transparent—we have no hidden costs.

Fast track your 401(k) rollover.

Ready to get on the path to a better financial future?

Ready for a path toward retirement?


When deciding whether to roll over a 401(k) account or other retirement accounts, you should carefully consider your personal situation and preferences. Relevant factors may include that: (i) 401(k) accounts may offer greater protection from creditors than IRAs. (ii) In some cases, the ability to take penalty-free distributions at an earlier age or to defer minimum required distributions. (iii) Some 401(k) accounts may also allow for loans or distributions in a broader set of circumstances than IRAs. (iv) Some 401(k) plans may also offer specific educational and advisory services to participants that are unavailable to some IRAs. (v) Some 401(k) plans may have lower fees and expenses than some IRAs. (vi) Some IRAs may offer a broader range of investment options that some 401(k) plans. (vii) Special tax rules may apply to the rollover of employer securities.

You should research the details of your 401(k) and speak to a tax and other advisors about whether the features of your 401(k) are relevant to your personal situation. The rollover process is currently automated for rollovers from select providers. If you have a provider that is not part of our automated process, you will receive an email with a checklist for completing your rollover to Betterment. In processing you rollover request, Betterment will be acting at your direction.

 

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