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This Web site contains a compilation of more than a thousand consumer finance  columns written by Tony Novak from the 1980s through 2006, updated and reformatted for maximum usefulness today.  New material was added after 2010.

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How long does a 401(k) rollover take?

originally posted: 3/27/2006  revised: 11/23/2010

Q: How long does it take to complete an IRA rollover from a 401(k) plan?

A: A qualified rollover from a 401(k) typically takes 60 to 90 days but it varies depending on the plan administrator and the speed of response by the receiving firm. The best thing you can do to speed the process is to have a rollover specialist who has more experience with the details of each employer's process follow-up every week to check the status of tour request. This has become the normal procedure within the larger financial firms that handle IRA rollovers.

A 401(k) to IRA rollover typically takes 60-90 days but there are things you can do to speed up the process.

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