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  1. I'm probably the only one in a HUGE district who uses direct invest. I had no issues signing up at all either. Go for it.
  2. NEA Security Benefit has a "direct invest" option. There are many posts about it on this board. It is DIY. Do not call a salesperson and ask about it. Good chance they will act like it doesn't exist. I use it and it is great.
  3. Bashdash


    I believe I did read about catch up contributions while employed. ( Not the over 50 type)....
  4. Great responses. Find it very ironic to get help for this you have to go to anonymous strangers on the internet! Thanks Krow for helping many years ago save me thousands in fees!
  5. I would start by simply emailing personnel. Might be easier than you think?
  6. Go to omni403b.com and put your district in. Check to see if they are the administrator of your 403b and 457. The NY 457 is the best plan yet it is like a little secret that I doubt any of your colleagues even know exist. Super easy to set up too.
  7. Steve, I agree with you I bet I may be only enrollee in my huge district I am in. Same with the amazing state run 457 plan. Without krow36 I wouldn't have ever known. Yes, an anonymous helper saved my retirement!
  8. I enrolled a few years ago and had no problems at all. Couple calls and a little paperwork and it went through no prob. Website is great too. I have it rebalancing my allocation for me automatically on my birthday.
  9. What state are you in? Those choices look poor. Some states have a 457 plan available that few teachers even know exist.
  10. Maybe that will help avoid some wrap fees, advisor fees, asset under management fees, or other ridiculousness.
  11. I see "self directed" on the bottom. That is a good sign usually in this non transparent 403b world. Others will come along and chime in with more info.
  12. You mentioned Security Benefit. Why not just transfer to their amazing "direct invest" plan. Don't ask your advisor just call their customer service and they will help you. I use it and love it. Gives me access to cheap vanguard funds. With aspire be careful to use the self direct option. At my school if you don't you get set up with a Edward jones advisor!!!
  13. I use the security benefit direct invest. I found customer service to be no problem at all. Handled everything perfectly. If you ask a security benefit rep/"advisor" then I think you may get a blank stare of confusion about the direct invest. Website is great too. Set it up to rebalance automatically on my birthday as an annual celebration of low fees. I am hoping to lose the password over the years so years as a way of staying the course :). Just check out Ed's website it walks you through everything.
  14. A concern of mine with helping someone set up a self direct account is once the market starts taking and they start placing blame. Index funds of course go down too. Maybe with a professional this wouldn't happen they might think? Too risky to help someone set up an account. There has to be SOME desire to read, learn and ask questions before self directing. I would say it might be slightly uncomfortable when a 2008 occurs and everyone comes running back to complain about their "low fee" index funds. ( they wouldn't know that their "high fee" funds would have done just as bad)
  15. Kind of fun charging this brokerage a roughly 1% AUM fee
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