Start a Rollover IRA

Simplify your retirement planning

Having multiple retirement accounts generally means you've done a great job of saving. But it could also make it a little hard to get an overall view of how those savings are doing.

Rolling over your savings from an employer retirement plan (like a 401(k) from a past job) into an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) can make growing, managing, and monitoring your investments easier.

The benefits of a rollover IRA

Moving your money to an IRA lets you:

  • Continue saving for retirement.
  • Continue to enjoy tax-deferred growth.
  • Combine multiple retirement accounts to simplify monitoring and management.

An IRA also gives you greater control over your retirement savings. You’ll have more flexibility with how you invest, and when and how you withdraw your money.

  • You own the IRA, so you won’t be subject to an employer’s decisions, like with a 401(k).
  • Choose from a wide array of investments options, like mutual funds, stocks, bonds, and CDs—not just the ones the employer chose for the plan.
  • You're not subject to plan-specific withdrawal rules and limitations that might come with a 401(k) account.
  • Consolidating your accounts into an IRA simplifies the required minimum distributions you’ll need to take in retirement.

And when you rollover to a Principal IRA, you get the extra services and support of our Principal RolloverPlusSM program*:

  • An action plan with specific steps you can take toward your retirement goals.
  • Check-ins available if you want help staying on track.
  • Tips and insights on timely financial topics.
  • A dedicated team of financial professionals available during your rollover and beyond—Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. CT.

Is rolling over to an IRA right for you?

An IRA might be a good fit if you’re:

  • Changing jobs
  • Retiring soon
  • Enjoying retirement and need to turn savings into income
  • Transitioning to self-employment
  • Looking to simplify tracking and management of your savings

Learn more about your retirement savings options (PDF).

Open your Principal IRA today

Start your Principal IRA
  • Open your IRA online.
  • Call 800-247-8000, ext. 2251, to get personalized help from a financial professional.
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*As part of the Principal Rollover Plus program, you have the option to receive educational help from us on how you are doing with your financial goals. By providing a financial professional and/or check-in feature, we are not providing investment advice, undertaking an investment advisory relationship with you nor monitoring your investments for you. You should contact us if your financial situation changes. The advice is limited to the retirement account that is discussed. If you need additional or new guidance, please call us back.

This document is intended to be educational in nature and is not intended to be taken as a recommendation.

The subject matter in this communication is educational only and provided with the understanding that Principal® is not rendering legal, accounting, or tax advice. You should consult with appropriate counsel or other advisors on all matters pertaining to legal, tax, or accounting obligations and requirements.

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