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Yes, you can make a direct trustee-to-trustee rollover into your own IRA without penalty.
The IRA you should use should be separate from any others, so you know the history of the funds in the account. The trustee of your new IRA account, be it a bank, brokerage or other investment house, will have paperwork for you to execute so the transfer can be done directly. Often, you won't have to contact the 401(k) administrators yourself.
The lack of investment options in company plans is one of the main reasons people want to switch and take control of their funds. And, a ten year window likely includes good gains up to 2007-2008, followed by several down years, and some restored value over the last few years. We see new clients with this investment history all the time.
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