How can I check if I still own some saving bonds and 401k from where I worked over 30 years ago.?

I am 50. When I was 18, I worked at a Department store and I recall we were able to buy savings bond right from our paycheck. I honestly don't remember if I sold them etc. Is there a way to find out if I still own some?

Also, in my early 20s, I started working for a cable company that went out of business. We

I am 50. When I was 18, I worked at a Department store and I recall we were able to buy savings bond right from our paycheck. I honestly don't remember if I sold them etc. Is there a way to find out if I still own some?

Also, in my early 20s, I started working for a cable company that went out of business. We had a 401K program with them. Again, I don't recall what became of them. Can I find out the status of that?

Its possible I cashed in all of that in my 20s, but I am just not sure.

Best Answer:

Is There No Hope?: For savings bonds, you need the actual bonds or serial numbers in order to cash them out.

For a 401k if you did not keep the trustee advised of your current address and have not been receiving annual statements (or 1099), after 7 years it was likely turned over to the state as unclaimed funds. Depending upon policies of the plan, if you had less than a certain amount in it ($5000 for our company), they may have deducted 20% withholding towards taxes and mailed you a check for the rest. Otherwise you would have had to make a decision within a few months of leaving the company whether to leave it in the company 401k plan, transfer it an IRA at same trustee (usually default), transfer it to an IRA elsewhere, or send you a check less the 20% withholding.

Other answer:

Is There No Hope?:
Contract the brokerage where those were held.

After Update:
"The department is long gone." I apologize, I underestimated how confused you are.

"The department," you worked in doesn't matter. The *brokerage* that held the securities does. If you don't even know what brokerage was used, you're out of luck.

Judy:
You'd have the bonds, they wouldn't have kept them. 402K – call the, but if you do you should be receiving statements annually or quarterly.
Bob:
Go ask them

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