I've had several instances where an individual has had several old retirement plans from previous employers.
That has included defined benefit plans, 401k's, TSP's, 403b's and Keough plans.
Check out the Income for Life website to see how such a time-segmented investment process works.
Retirement accounts like an IRA require a custodian who must report contributions and withdrawals to the IRS for tax reporting purposes. The more accounts you have, the more fees you'll likely pay.
What You Can Consolidate If you have both Roth and traditional IRAs scattered in various bank or brokerage accounts, you can simplify your life by combining all of each kind into two accounts.
If you invested your IRAs in CDs (probably not a good idea unless you’re at least 60 years old), wait for each CD to mature before doing this.
He has three retirement plans with former employers [a profit sharing plan, a target benefit plan and a 403(b) plan], four Traditional IRAs, a SIMPLE IRA, two Roth IRAs, an Individual(k) plan he established when he owned his own business, and a Thrift Savings Plan he now has as an employee of the federal government.Having money in multiple accounts with different funds does not necessarily make your portfolio more diversified.In fact, it may make it harder to see your holdings, and may actually conceal very similar investments in various accounts.The following example shows when this can and can’t be done.Eric is 48 years old and works for a software publishing company as a computer programming manager.Now that you have inventoried and evaluated your portfolio, you may wonder whether you really need to keep all your accounts separate.