Can I transfer my 401k into stocks with or without them being immediately taxed?

Obviously I can take it out and be forced a penalty then invest. But I am wondering if I can take them out now or transfer them into an account where I can invest them pre-tax. I am only 28 and don't see much risk in investing on my own. I currently am not even contributing to 401k since I am in school and have been an intern for the last year with no benefits. the 401k account is still being managed by my previous employer. I have the distribution forms still

Wayne Z

If you roll it over to an IRA, you can invest in almost anything. If you roll it directly to IRA, there would be no taxes or penalties.

A nobody

As most responders are telling you - Roll it. Once you roll it into a rollover account you can do what you want. Years back, I rolled my 401 in an account and spent years trading/investing in that account been there done that

Trivial One

Surely the 401(k) offers investment options into stock funds within the plan. But, if it's a former employer plan, you're probably better off to roll it into a personal IRA and then you can invest it almost any way you want to within the tax benefits of an IRA.


Almost all 401Ks have multiple investment options which include stock funds, Ask what your investment options are at your company. If you no longer work at the company where your 401K is, you can roll it over into a traditional IRA with no penalty and usually no charge, and with the tax still deferred, with a much wider range of options.


Yes. First, many 401K plans give you the option to invest the money in the stock market through mutual funds without taking it out of the 401K. Second, you can move money from the 401K to an IRA, usually without any penalties, and then invest it in stocks, bonds, or most other investments (but not collectibles, which are prohibited in IRAs).


You can transfer them into an IRA. If you put your 401k for example in a taxable brokerage account it will be considered as a withdrawl and will be subject to tax and/or penalties.


That would depend on how your 401k is invested. If the company offers stocks as an option, then yes you can. If it does not, then no. You would have to withdraw the money and then buy stocks on your own.