• Should We Diversify Brokerages?

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    Our retirement holdings will soon be with three different brokerage companies. Her’s 401(k) is stuck with who manages it for her company, but the Roth IRAs can all be moved from one brokerage to another. The question is, why would we want to?

    I bring up this question because I’m in the process of moving my SIMPLE IRA (here’s why I’m doing this) to Vanguard. Her’s Roth IRA is at Vanguard, mine is at Fidelity. I originally wanted to move my SIMPLE IRA to Fidelity to have all of my accounts in once place, but they don’t allow “orphan” (just me, not my whole company) SIMPLE IRA accounts. After a little research, I found out that Vanguard, T. Rowe Price, and Schwab all allow orphaned accounts. Since Her’s Roth IRA is already with Vanguard, I decided to keep everything streamlined and go with them. I never even considered other places to move my SIMPLE IRA such as a discount broker.

    The main reasons I decided to move money over to Vanguard is that I wanted to take advantage of their low-cost index funds and simplify our financial lives. I can’t help but wonder, is the grass greener on the other side? Am I missing out on anything by keeping our retirement funds in only a few places? What reasons would I want to have multiple brokerages?


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