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Learning, Sharing, and Teaching => Investor Alley => Topic started by: Annie44 on August 27, 2014, 02:55:03 PM

Title: VTSMX vs standard 401k & Roth
Post by: Annie44 on August 27, 2014, 02:55:03 PM
We currently have $40,000 in 401K and Roth accounts

Together, we are currently contributing $10992 a year into a Roth after tax account. This leaves us $3000 a month to either put in a 401k or invest in Vanguard.

Husband and I are not sure if we should invest more in 401k & Roth accounts OR investing on our own through Vanguard. We want to start retirement in 20 years at age 50, and are worried if we put our money in a 401k we won’t be able to get to it at age 50. I would love any advice from more experienced mustachians.
Title: Re: VTSMX vs standard 401k & Roth
Post by: Cheddar Stacker on August 27, 2014, 03:11:14 PM
There are many ways to access the money before normal retirement age. Read this (

We would need a lot more information to advise you properly, but here are a few guidelines:

1) If you get an employer match in your 401k plan, the first thing you should do is put in enough to get 100% of the match.
2) If you pay anything above 15% federal taxes, you should not be using a Roth as your main investment vehicle.

If you do a taxable account VTSMX is a good fund to pick, but you might want to diversify into large cap or mid cap as well.