Savings you had in an employer-sponsored retirement plan may have moved out of the plan and into an automatic rollover individual retirement account (IRA)1 with Principal Bank®. This typically happens if:
- You leave employment and your former employer doesn’t allow former employees with retirement plan account balances of under $5,000 to keep their funds in its retirement plan. Rather than paying you the balance in cash, the law allows the employer to automatically roll over any savings under $5,000 to an IRA.
- The employer closes its retirement plan.
In either case, the account holder receives information about the options for their savings including any applicable fees, and a date by when they need to decide what to do with their retirement funds. If a decision isn’t made by this date, the retirement funds transfer to an automatic rollover IRA.
This is where Principal Bank comes in. Your former employer has an agreement with us to open this automatic rollover IRA on your behalf. Your funds are protected by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) up to $250,000 per depositor and earn interest.
Think of an automatic rollover IRA as a temporary parking spot until you decide to do with your retirement savings. These accounts aim to minimize investment risk and preserve savings until you find the right destination for your money.
Manage your savings
You’ll receive information from us within 10 business days after your automatic rollover IRA is opened. Your first step is to confirm your identity using the information in the communication we sent.
Once you confirm your identity, you can do all of this and more:
- Convert your Principal Bank® Automatic Rollover IRA to a Principal Bank CD or money market IRA, or another product with Principal® such as an annuity or mutual fund.
- Make additional deposits to your IRA.
- Roll over your funds to an IRA at another financial institution or another employer-sponsored retirement savings plan.
- Withdraw your funds. But there may be penalties if you aren't age 59 ½ or older.