The Differences Between 401(k) and 403(b) Plans Mary Hall Named after sections 401(k) and 403(b) of the tax code, respectively, both 401(k) plans and 403(b) plans are tax-advantaged retirement vehicles offered by employers. The primary difference between the two is the type of employer sponsoring the plans—401(k) plans are offered by private, for-profit companies, whereas 403(b) plans are only available to nonprofit organizations and government employers.
If advisers consider the cash value of a low-cost, long-term whole life policy as a part of a fixed-income portfolio, the policy generally will provide more income per dollar than bonds held in taxable or tax-sheltered accounts, said Michael Finke, professor of personal financial planning at Texas Tech University, who recently conducted research on cash-value life insurance in retirement.
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You also need to prepare for health care costs in retirement, and one powerful tool to help you do this is a health savings account. A health savings account is a tax-exempt trust or custodial account that can be set up to pay for future medical expenses.
An individual retirement account (IRA) allows you to save money for retirement in a tax-advantaged way. An IRA is an account set up at a financial institution that allows an individual to save for retirement with tax-free growth or on a tax-deferred basis.
A pension is a type of retirement plan that provides monthly income in retirement. Not all employers offer pensions. Government organizations usually offer a pension, and some large companies offer them. With a pension plan, the employer contributes money to the pension plan while you are working.
A SIMPLE IRA plan (Savings Incentive Match PLan for Employees) allows employees and employers to contribute to traditional IRAs set up for employees. It is ideally suited as a start-up retirement savings plan for small employers not currently sponsoring a retirement plan.