Retirement

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  1. 401(k) Balances Reach Record Highs

    Putting your 401(k) on auto-pilot could help you to build retirement wealth faster.
  2. The High Net Worth Guide to Social Security

    For well-off Americans, maximizing your net Social Security benefit requires a strategic approach. Work with a financial ...
  3. Congress May Take Away Your 401(k) Tax Deduction (or Not)

    As part of overhauling the U.S. income tax system, Congress is considering taking away your 401(k) tax deduction. What will ...
  4. How Is Your 401(k) Taxed When You Retire?

    The taxes you owe on your 401(k) at retirement depend on whether your funds are in a regular 401(k) or the Roth type.
  5. Can a Financial Advisor Make you Happier?

    Elliot Weissbluth, CEO and Founder of HighTower Advisors, shares why financial advisors have a pretty big impact on your ...
  6. Could Your Portfolio Pass the Pre-Retirement Stress Test?

    Many Americans leave the workforce without knowing whether their assets are sufficient. Don't be one of them.
  7. The Basics of a 401(k) Retirement Plan

    This plan has become one of the most popular retirement options. Here's why.
  8. Elder Financial Abuse: How to Protect Yourself

    There are behaviors and laws that will help you avoid becoming a victim of financial abuse.
  9. The Longevity Gap: Why the Rich Benefit More from Social Security

    Researchers have found that longevity is why well-off American men collect more in government retirement benefits than their ...
  10. Employers Offer Alternatives to 401(k) Loans

    Employers can bolster workers’ long-term financial security by educating them on the full consequences of 401(k) loans and ...
  11. How Your 401(k) Could Get Better

    Target-date funds, the 401(k) investments of choice, are one size fits all based on your age. Now, companies are starting ...
  12. Understanding the New 'T' Shares

    "T" stands for "transaction," and these mutual fund shares, designed to fulfill the fiduciary rule, promise to be a money-saving ...
  13. How to Retire as a Millionaire Without a 401(k)

    Can you retire as a millionaire without a 401(k) plan? It may not be easy, but it isn't impossible if you know where to invest ...
  14. How to Build Retirement Income with Annuities

    Annuities may provide an excellent tool when it comes to building income for retirement. Here's why.
  15. Financial Planning for Gen X and Millennials

    Gen X and Gen Y to need to get their finances in order, so here are some tips to get started.
  16. How a Revocable Living Trust Makes Your Executor’s Job Easier

    Establish a revocable living trust to give you peace of mind and avoid probate. The executor of your will’s job will be easier, ...
  17. 401(k) Alternatives for High-Income Earners

    One downside to earning more is a higher tax rate on your 401(k) distributions. Here's how high-earners can minimize that ...
  18. A Defined Benefit Plan for Small Business Owners

    Wish you had a pension to help see you through your retirement? Today, small business owners may be able to create their ...
  19. The Advantages of Indexed Universal Life Insurance

    An indexed universal life insurance policy can be an all-in-one financial device. Here's why, and here are some of its key ...
  20. The Top Secrets to Building Wealth

    Making savings automatic and regular is instrumental when it comes to building wealth. Mindful spending is also helpful if ...
  21. How Your Employer Is Destroying Your Retirement

    What's in a typical workplace 401(k) plan? Often, not a whole lot of good. Here's why.
  22. 4 Risks of Giving Your House to Your Child

    Your instincts may be generous, but handing over the house may not be the best financial plan for you – or your child.
  23. 3 Ways to Improve Financial Literacy

    If financial advice isn't personalized, situational and actionable, most Americans won't remember it.
  24. 5 Steps to Getting Started in Investing

    “How do I start investing?” It’s a complex question and there's a lot to consider. Here's how to lay a foundation for success.
  25. Living Abroad in Retirement: Can You Afford It?

    These are the financial implications of retiring abroad, as well as what you need to consider in order to do so.
  26. 6 Signs You're Ready to Retire Early

    If you can answer "yes" to these six questions, you may be ready to retire early.
  27. 4 Mistakes to Avoid with Your Retirement Plan

    The retirement landscape is changing. Here are four things retirees today need to be wary — and aware — of when it comes ...
  28. 3 Big Financial Mistakes to Avoid in Your 30s

    Want to have continued control of your finances as you get older? Start by making sure to avoid these three financial mistakes ...
  29. Are You Ready for the Retirement Challenge?

    In order to truly take advantage of retirement, take these six things into consideration during the retirement planning process.
  30. 4 Keys to a Satisfying Retirement

    As these four factors illustrate, successful retirement planning takes more than entries in a spreadsheet into consideration. ...
  31. Youth and Roth IRA Equals a Solid Retirement Plan

    Educating yourself on retirement savings opportunities at the start of your career can have a huge impact on your personal ...
  32. 10 Things to Do Before Retirement

    Preparing for retirement isn't all about finances. Some steps to get you there will be more subjective, and more fun.
  33. What to Do to Prepare for Retirement

    Here is a retirement checklist that offers many things to think about, from ten years before retirement to just after yours ...
  34. Which Investor Personality Best Describes You?

    Different personality traits and preferences, along with a range of emotional and mental behavioral biases, have a strong ...
  35. How Much Should You Contribute to Your 401(k)?

    There's a lot to consider when deciding how much to contribute to your 401(k) plan.
  36. Term Life Insurance: Everything You Need to Know

    Term life insurance is an affordable way to financially protect your loved ones after your death. Here's what you need to ...
  37. A Cautionary Tale About Retirement Calculators

    How comfortable would you be if you knew that the online retirement calculator you used failed its own test?
  38. How to Budget and Spend to Maximize Your Happiness

    Spending money on others and buying experiences are just two of the five key principles that lie in money correlating to ...
  39. 5 Things to Think About When It's Time to Retire

    Planning for retirement can be overwhelming, but considering these five questions is a great way to get started.
  40. Using Indexed Universal Life for Retirement Income

    Designed properly, indexed universal life insurance can be a great way to save for investors who have the keen ability to ...
  41. How to Grow Your Retirement Plan to $1 Million

    So you want a million dollar nest egg? These tips will help get get started.
  42. Top 4 Things to Do Before Retiring

    You owe it to yourself to head into retirement prepared. Here are four steps to help outline your best possible plan.
  43. Annuities: The Good, Bad and the Ugly

    Annuities suffer from a few perception problems. This primer that covers the good, the bad and the ugly of annuities.
  44. 3 Tasks to Cement Your Financial Literacy

    People have strong feelings when it comes to money. Here are three ways to arm yourself with financial literacy and break ...
  45. Retirement Savings: Tax-Deferred or Tax-Exempt?

    There are advantages and disadvantages to both types of retirement accounts. Find out which is right for you.
  46. Tax-Advantaged Ways to Pay for Preschool

    There are distinct benefits to grandparents paying for early education for their grandchildren.
  47. Don't Fall into the Retirement Readiness Gap

    Retirement unreadiness is growing and 4 in 10 Americans don't have an accurate view of their financial future.
  48. Why It's Hard to Find a Custodian for a Self-Directed IRA

    When finding a custodian for a self-directed IRA, look for expertise in the asset classes you want to invest in and a strong ...
  49. Low-Interest-Rates Retirement Planning

    A new survey from BlackRock suggests that investors may be relying too heavily on high returns to guarantee their retirement ...
  50. Working Longer Can Keep You Healthy

    Seniors with full- or part-time jobs – or volunteer work – tend to keep their physical and mental powers primed.
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