401k Plans With Mutual Funds  

The US tax law gives an array of options for proper savings for retirement. Some examples are IRAs, 401k, 403b, Keogh plans and SIMPLE plans. All these plans can be implemented in mutual funds. Sometimes the employer decides the investment option. But before investment, one must have full knowledge of the tax rules which are applicable.

All investments in a retirement scheme or plan are treated equally. Capital returns are treated as equals to dividends. The interest of a bond is similar to the interest on a deposit certificate. No tax is paid when the money invested into a retirement plan. Even at the time of withdrawal the treatment is the same. In either an IRA or any other retirement plan, the long term capital return and exempt earnings are no different than ordinary earnings.

When one is about to choose a mutual fund for one’s retirement scheme, one must keep in mind tax benefits are not a bonus. It makes absolutely no sense to purchase a municipal bond fund in an Individual Retirement Account. The returns would be much lower than a corporate bond fund which has the same risk factor but one would still be paying taxes on the income received as when the distributions are made. Investors prefer putting their money in long-term investment plans. Stocks, hybrid funds, bonds and mutual funds are some of the preferred choices. Mutual funds are preferred even though the stock market performs badly. This is important to keep in mind while investing because studies show that half of all the assets in the 401k plan are invested in these mutual funds.

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