The answer depends mainly on your financial situation and goals, but also the
fiscal health of the pension plan.
Pension plans offer monthly income for an employee’s life and may pay continued income to a surviving spouse. Benefits generally are fixed and do not get adjusted for inflation, though the cost of living may rise.
A lump sum option can provide an employee the flexibility of access and control of their money. This can become even more important when unexpected financial needs arise.
If you take a lump sum, proceeds may be invested immediately with the aim of sustained growth. If investing, you will want to consider your risk tolerance, goals and the return potential.
Do you have enough income from other sources to cover basic expenses?
If the company from which you receive pension benefits defaults on monthly payments, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, a U.S. Government Agency, may only pay a portion of the monthly benefit.
If you do elect to take a lump sum pension payout, you are eligible to roll the proceeds directly into a traditional IRA to defer taxes.
Do you need the consistency that monthly pension payments provide, or would the flexibility and control offered by a lump sum payout be more beneficial? It is important to understand and consider your own financial situation including other assets, income, health, and risk tolerance as well as employer solvency, estimated investment returns and goals while making your decision.
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