Retirement

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  1. 5 Signs a Reverse Mortgage Is a Bad Idea

    Here are the key situations when you should probably pass on this type of home loan.
  2. Can my IRA be garnished for child support?

    Find out about the different federal and state protections for IRA funds, and when your IRA savings can be garnished to satisfy ...
  3. Why is my 401(k) not FDIC-Insured?

    Learn about the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and whether its protection extends to 401(k) accounts or just ...
  4. Can I use my IRA savings to start my own savings?

    Find out whether you can withdraw funds from your IRA to start a savings account, and why this is not the wisest use of your ...
  5. Can creditors garnish my IRA?

    Find out how your IRA can be garnished by creditors, including how federal and state regulations differ and what exemptions ...
  6. How does an IRA grow over time?

    Learn how the magic of compounding helps grow individual retirement accounts, or IRAs. IRAs are one of the most proven options ...
  7. Understanding How Dividends Are Taxed

    Learn how dividends are taxed by the IRS, and understand the different types of dividend income as well as the capital gains ...
  8. 6 Reasons Why Dividends Should Be Reinvested

    Learn about the advantages of dividend reinvestment programs and how they may benefit longer-term investors who want to build ...
  9. Retirement Planning for Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses

    If your business has receiveables, here's a smart way to leverage them to build up your retirement fund fast.
  10. Overhaul Social Security to Fix Retirement Shortfall

    There are several theories and ideas about how we can make up for the $6.6 trillion retirement savings shortfall in America. ...
  11. The 3 Most Common 401k Rollover Mistakes

    No one is born knowing the tax rules for 401(k)s and IRAs, but only dummies, scaredy cats and suckers don't buckle down to ...
  12. How Does US Social Security Measure Up Abroad?

    Social Security is a hotly debated topic. After examining the retirement plans of three different countries, the U.S.'s does ...
  13. Five Things to Consider Now for Your 401(k)

    If you can’t stand still, when it comes to checking your 401 (k) balance, focus on these 5 steps to help channel your worries ...
  14. Who is a Beneficiary?

    A beneficiary is a person or entity that receives funds, assets, property or other benefits from a trust, will, or life insurance ...
  15. The World's Most Luxurious Retirement Destinations

    If money is no object (or if you would just like to dream), these five spots are the crème de la crème.
  16. Why would someone change their Social Security number?

    Learn the reasons a person might choose to change his Social Security number, including identity theft and abuse, and discover ...
  17. Are spousal Social Security benefits taxable?

    Learn about when your Social Security spousal benefits may be taxable, including income thresholds for individuals and those ...
  18. What are the best ways to sell an annuity?

    Learn about the best ways to sell annuities. Annuities are financial products that provide income on a regular basis to their ...
  19. Are spousal Social Security benefits retroactive?

    Learn whether spousal Social Security benefits are retroactive. Delaying Social Security until the age of 70 leads to higher ...
  20. How to Protect Elderly Clients from Predators

    Advisors dealing with older clients face a specific set of difficulties. Here's how to help protect them.
  21. Social Security 'Start, Stop, Start' Explained

    The start, stop, start Social Security strategy is complicated. Here's what retirees considering it need to consider.
  22. Strategies for a Worry-Free Retirement

    Worried about retirement? Here are several strategies to greatly reduce the chance your nest egg will end up depleted.
  23. Your 401(k): How to Handle Market Volatility

    An in-depth look at how manage to 401(k) assets during times of market volatility.
  24. How to Build a Financial Plan for Gen X, Y Clients

    Retirement is creeping closer for clients in their 30s and 40s. It's a great segment for financial advisors to tap to build ...
  25. Don't Let Your Portfolio Be Trump'd by Illiquidity

    A look at Donald Trump's statement of finances and the biggest lesson every investor can learn.
  26. Top Social Security Issues for Divorced Women

    What female divorcees need to know about the twists and turns of figuring out Social Security benefits.
  27. How to Tell if You Need an Estate Planning Lawyer

    Estate planning is an important and often neglected part of financial planning, which can be costly when avoided or done ...
  28. What to do During a Market Correction

    The market has corrected...now what? Here's what you should consider rather than panicking.
  29. Maxing Out Your 401(k) Is Profitable: Here's Why

    It's shocking, but most American workers (73%) have no 401(k) retirement funds. Start saving now to anchor your retirement.
  30. How to Choose the Best Long-Term Care Insurance

    Here's how to find and select a policy that provides the best coverage for you.
  31. How to Choose the Best Medicare Advantage Plan

    Medicare Advantage offers an alternative to Medicare and Medigap. Here’s what you need to know to choose the best plan.
  32. Top Retirement Hack? Start with a Lifestyle Change

    Instead of going through the usual retirement planning steps, some people are focusing on fostering a lower cost lifestyle ...
  33. A Day In The Life of A Professional Forex Trader

    The professional forex trader lives an affluent lifestyle but pays the price with many hours of research and market watching.
  34. Picking the Best Longevity Insurance

    What you need to know before buying a "reverse life" policy.
  35. Best Ways to Save For Retirement Without an IRA or 401(k)

    Learn the most common types of savings vehicles used to accumulate money for retirement outside employer-sponsored 401(k)s ...
  36. Inherited IRA and 401(k) Rules: Don't Run Afoul

    What you need to know when it comes to the complex rules for inherited IRAs and 401(k)s.
  37. Index or Target Dates in 401(k)s: Which is Better?

    A common question is whether or not plan participants should choose index or target date funds in a 401(k). The answer depends ...
  38. Retirement's Changing Tide: How to Help Clients

    The retirement landscape is changing and will certainly continue to evolve. Here's how to help clients best navigate planning ...
  39. How to Avoid the Inheritance Nobody Wants: Debt

    With the biggest transfer of wealth underway, advisors need to ensure that clients don't also inherit debt.
  40. 4 Ways Financial Plans Get Derailed

    A financial plan is useless if it never gets put into use. Here are four things to avoid when creating one with a client. ...
  41. Gen Xers Turn 50: Retirement Just Got Real

    As the first of Generation X reaches age 50, retirement suddenly feels real. Here's how to start thinking about a plan.
  42. Why are 401(k) contributions limited?

    Find out why contributions to 401(k) retirement plans are limited, including what the current contribution limits are and ...
  43. Can you buy penny stocks in an IRA?

    Discover more about penny stocks, how they can be bought utilizing an individual retirement account and the risks penny stock ...
  44. Can I use my IRA to pay for my college loans?

    Learn about how to use your IRA retirement savings to pay for your college loans, including how to avoid the 10% early withdrawal ...
  45. How do you calculate penalties on a 401(k) early withdrawal?

    Find out how to calculate the penalties on early withdrawals from your 401(k), including the impact of the additional 10% ...
  46. Can my IRA be used for college tuition?

    Find out how to use your IRA retirement savings to pay for your college tuition, including what institutions and expenses ...
  47. Why are IRA, Roth IRAs and 401(k) contributions limited?

    Find out why contributions to IRA, Roth IRA and 401(k) retirement savings plans are limited by the IRS, including what the ...
  48. How do you calculate penalties on an IRA or Roth IRA early withdrawal?

    Find out how to calculate the tax penalty on early IRA distributions, including why distributions from Roth accounts can ...
  49. The Least Expensive States to Retire In

    Retirement time, and the livin' is easy in these locales.
  50. Are Social Security payments included in the US GDP calculation?

    Understand how gross domestic product is calculated and whether or not transfer payments such as Social Security are included ...
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