How to use a 401k as Collateral

How to use a 401k as Collateral
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Understand that if you cannot repay this loan then you will forfeit the entire amount of the collateralized portion of your 401k. Do not take out this loan unless you are sure you can repay it.

How to use a 401k as Collateral. The 401k investment vehicle is an excellent way to save money for retirement and to invest in the stock market. Because it is your money, in most 401k plans you can use a 401k as collateral to obtain a loan in times of need.


Step 1

Verify the amount of money you have in the 401k retirement account. The amount of money you have in the account is proportional to the size of the loan you can receive when you use a 401k as collateral.

Step 2

Establish the reason for the loan with 401k as collateral. There are hardship exceptions that will allow you to borrow more money against the balance of the 401k retirement account. These reasons are a home purchase, home eviction prevention, home repair in the event of a catastrophe, funeral expenses, college costs, and medical expenses not covered by insurance.


Step 3

Talk to your 401k representative about the individual terms of the loan and obtain the necessary paperwork for the loan. Each company can have different rules for using the 401k as collateral but most are standardized.

Step 4

Decide exactly how much money you need to borrow on the 401k. Make sure to read the terms and conditions of the loan before you decide the amount of the loan.

Step 5

Fill out all the necessary paperwork and return these forms to the 401k plan manager at your company.