How do I rollover a 401(k) to Firstrade?

Step 1: Open a Firstrade IRA

If you don't already have a Rollover IRA, you'll need to open one in order to move money from your former employer's plan into your new account. If you have both pre-tax and post-tax contributions in your 401(k), you may also need to open a Roth IRA.

Which IRA should you consider for your rollover?

Step 2: Fund Your Account

Contact your plan provider to initiate the process. You may request the transfer of your 401K account funds using the following methods.

By Check/Direct Rollover:

Request to have a check issued and made payable to: "Firstrade Securities, Inc., FBO [YOUR NAME], [YOUR FIRSTRADE ACCOUNT NUMBER]" 

Mailing Address:

Firstrade Securities Inc.

30-50 Whitestone Expwy, Ste A301

Flushing, NY 11354

Depending on your previous employer-sponsored retirement plan’s administrator, your funds can take anywhere from 5 to 20 business days to be deposited into your Firstrade IRA account.

By Wire/Direct Rollover:

  1. Request to have the funds wired into your Firstrade account.
  2. Complete the IRA Deposit Slip/Adjustment Form and upload it online.

By Indirect Rollover: 

  1. Request that the plan provider send you a check made payable to you. 
  2. After the check is cleared in your bank account, you can fund your IRA account with your personal check. Have a check made out to "Firstrade Securities, Inc” and add your name and account number on the memo line. 
  3. Mail the check to Firstrade along with the 401(k) administrator letter/plan statement.
  • Please note that the check amount should match the distribution amount from the plan administrator letter.
  • You have 60 days from the date you receive an IRA or retirement plan distribution to roll it over to another plan or IRA.
  • The IRS only allows this distribution rollover to occur once in a 12-month period across all IRAs you own.
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