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What to Do With 'Orphaned' 401(k)s
U.S. News & World Report Link to more items from this source
June 3, 2014
"The quickest, easiest way to locate an orphaned account is to call the human resources department at your former employer. They should be able to help you or direct you to the plan provider. For more difficult circumstances -- for example, that the company you worked for no longer exists, or you left many years ago and human resources cannot tell you where your account is held -- it could be difficult to track down your orphaned account. In that case, a government agency could help: the [PBGC]. This organization is designed to help find lost defined-benefit plans, commonly known as pensions, but it may be able to help find a 401(k) or similar defined-contribution plan. The National Registry of Unclaimed Retirement Benefits is another option to consider."

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