Retirement

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  1. Who Benefits From Retirement Annuities

    Who Benefits From Retirement Annuities

    Annuities guarantee some degree of fixed income in retirement. But is the security worth the fees and less favorable tax ...
  2. Reverse Mortgage Pros And Cons

    Reverse Mortgage Pros And Cons

    It's a way to use your home equity for help when you're older. But does it make sense for your family? Here's how to tell ...
  3. Benefits Of A SIMPLE IRA

    Benefits Of A SIMPLE IRA

    If you're at a small company, you may be offered a SIMPLE IRA retirement plan. Contribution limits are lower, but vesting ...
  4. Can an individual contribute to both a Roth IRA and a Traditional IRA in the same ...

    Can an individual contribute to both a Roth IRA and a Traditional IRA in the same ...

    Yes. An individual may make IRA contributions to both a Roth and a Traditional IRA, providing the combined contribution total ...
  5. I overcontributed to my Roth, then lost half of this money to the market. Does the ...

    I overcontributed to my Roth, then lost half of this money to the market. Does the ...

    It depends. If the excess contribution is removed from your Roth IRA by your tax-filing deadline plus any extensions, along ...
  6. Are my IRAs secure against possible liens?

    Are my IRAs secure against possible liens?

    Your IRA is protected from bankruptcy up to $1 million. However, in all other cases, state law determines whether any protection ...
  7. Can high-income earners deduct yearly defined-benefit plan contributions of over ...

    Can high-income earners deduct yearly defined-benefit plan contributions of over ...

    At a very high income level (say from $300,000 plus per year), you may be able to contribute and deduct the $100,000 contribution ...
  8. What are the requirements that a trust needs to meet to be qualified?

    What are the requirements that a trust needs to meet to be qualified?

    The requirements that a trust must meet to be qualified are as follows: The trust must be a valid trust under state law or ...
  9. Top 7 Estate Planning Mistakes

    Top 7 Estate Planning Mistakes

    Many people try to avoid this process altogether, making things difficult for heirs.
  10. Retirement: The One Thing Couples Shouldn't Do Together

    Retirement: The One Thing Couples Shouldn't Do Together

    Staggering retirement can have both financial and emotional benefits for married couples.
  11. 5 Lessons From The Recession

    5 Lessons From The Recession

    The bear market of 2008 was a game-changer for many investors. Find out what lessons you can take away from it.
  12. Where can I find information on how to distribute my deceased parent's assets?

    Where can I find information on how to distribute my deceased parent's assets?

    Related information can be found in IRS publication 590. See page 32 (bottom right hand corner) and page 35. If the trust ...
  13. If an employee covered by a SIMPLE leaves his employer within the two-year period ...

    If an employee covered by a SIMPLE leaves his employer within the two-year period ...

    During the first two years after the SIMPLE IRA is established, assets held in the SIMPLE must not be transferred or rolled ...
  14. The 5% Solution To Financial Freedom

    The 5% Solution To Financial Freedom

    How can you save the recommended 10% of your income? We'll show you how to get there.
  15. Substantially Equal Periodic Payment (SEPP): Learn The Rules

    Substantially Equal Periodic Payment (SEPP): Learn The Rules

    Taxpayers often make costly mistakes with SEPP programs because there is little guidance on what can be done in certain situations. ...
  16. 3 Common Excuses For Not Contributing To A Retirement Plan

    3 Common Excuses For Not Contributing To A Retirement Plan

    If you're not participating in your employer-sponsored retirement plan, there may be some easy solutions.
  17. The Enemy of Retirement Security: Procrastination

    The Enemy of Retirement Security: Procrastination

    I signed up for a program called "Connections" through my college to bring a group of the college's current juniors and seniors ...
  18. Delaying Social Security Can Add Up

    Delaying Social Security Can Add Up

    The age you start collecting Social Security benefits significantly affects how much you will get each month. Do the math ...
  19. The Executor's Checklist: 7 Things To Do Before They Die

    The Executor's Checklist: 7 Things To Do Before They Die

    Being an executor comes with a lot of responsibility, and these tips will reduce the complications that can come with the ...
  20. 5 Retirement Planning Rules For Recent Graduates

    5 Retirement Planning Rules For Recent Graduates

    The future may seem far off, but now is the time to plan for it.
  21. Top 5 Critical Retirement Plan Mistakes To Avoid

    Top 5 Critical Retirement Plan Mistakes To Avoid

    These five common retirement mistakes can get you into financial trouble at a point when you most need stability.
  22. Create Your Own Social Security Fund

    Create Your Own Social Security Fund

    The government's Social Security program may not last forever - be prepared by setting up your own.
  23. 5 Tax(ing) Retirement Mistakes

    5 Tax(ing) Retirement Mistakes

    Don't let these simple errors take the luster off your golden years.
  24. 5 Ways To Stretch Your Retirement Budget

    5 Ways To Stretch Your Retirement Budget

    Living comfortably can be easy if you follow a simple plan.
  25. It's Never Too Early To Start Saving

    It's Never Too Early To Start Saving

    The earlier you begin investing, the more stable your future will be in the short and long term.
  26. 10 Steps To Tax Preparation

    10 Steps To Tax Preparation

    Follow these simple steps to get you ready for the income tax deadline of April 15.
  27. Payroll Deductions Pay Off

    Payroll Deductions Pay Off

    Find out how you can bypass or defer taxes on thousands of dollars each year.
  28. Overcome The Retirement

    Overcome The Retirement "Gender Gap"

    Learn why many women's post-work saving plans fall behind and what they can do to catch up.
  29. 5 Lesser-Known Retirement And Benefit Plans

    5 Lesser-Known Retirement And Benefit Plans

    These plans aren't widely used, but they fill a specific niche for employees in certain situations.
  30. Don't Forget To Take Minimum Distributions

    Don't Forget To Take Minimum Distributions

    Take the right required minimum distributions from IRAs, 401(k)s and the like, starting the year you reach age 70 ½. There's ...
  31. Beware Of Company Stock In Qualified Plans

    Beware Of Company Stock In Qualified Plans

    While this strategy does have a few advantages, it can also pose some substantial risks to employees.
  32. Stocks: Who Needs Them?! (You, If You Want To Retire)

    Stocks: Who Needs Them?! (You, If You Want To Retire)

    Stocks have long been trumpeted as necessary to ensure a comfortable retirement. But does that advice still make sense?
  33. Top 10 Tips For A Financially Safe Retirement

    Top 10 Tips For A Financially Safe Retirement

    You've worked hard to secure enough to retire, so make sure you keep it safe.
  34. Pension Plans: Pain Or Pleasure?

    Pension Plans: Pain Or Pleasure?

    Employees have a love/hate relationship with this retirement option.
  35. Is Your 401(k) Administrator Competent?

    Is Your 401(k) Administrator Competent?

    The more that employees know about their employee 401(k) plans, the better. But what doesn't your administrator know?
  36. How To Start Saving For Retirement

    How To Start Saving For Retirement

    If you establish these money-saving habits and patiently allow your wealth to build, you will be taking some huge steps forward ...
  37. Will You Pay Taxes During Retirement?

    Will You Pay Taxes During Retirement?

    Income taxes are one of the things that's certain in life. We'll explain the different tax situations when you retire.
  38. The Danger Of A 401(k) Flameout

    The Danger Of A 401(k) Flameout

    It looks like the 401(k) has failed, but what are the repercussions, and how can you protect yourself?
  39. Retirement Savings Plans For Kids

    Retirement Savings Plans For Kids

    It's never too early to save for the future - learn how your children can get started.
  40. 3 Ways To Make Your Retirement Funds Last

    3 Ways To Make Your Retirement Funds Last

    These retirement income distribution methods are all viable; the one you choose will depend on your personal circumstances. ...
  41. 3 Retirement Account Rules To Know

    3 Retirement Account Rules To Know

    Stay up-to-date on regulation amendments to avoid penalties as well as take advantage of new opportunities.
  42. Top 4 Reasons To Save For Retirement Now

    Top 4 Reasons To Save For Retirement Now

    No more excuses. Make sure you are financially secure and independent for your golden years.
  43. Generating Income In Retirement Using ETFs

    Generating Income In Retirement Using ETFs

    There are many effective strategies that retirement investors can utilize to fill their income gap. Here are some ideas that ...
  44. Financial Planners: Specialize In Seniors

    Financial Planners: Specialize In Seniors

    Find out how this demographic has all the needs to keep your firm busy year-round.
  45. As Boomers Slow Down, Will The Economy Follow?

    As Boomers Slow Down, Will The Economy Follow?

    Many baby boomers are working past 65. Yet as they inevitably retire, effects on workforce participation and consumer spending ...
  46. Job Hunting: Higher Pay Vs. Better Benefits

    Job Hunting: Higher Pay Vs. Better Benefits

    Focusing on salary may be a mistake. Find out which benefits have the highest long-run payoff.
  47. Retire In Style

    Retire In Style

    Set your sights on the golden years and get there sooner.
  48. Build Your Own Retirement Plan

    Build Your Own Retirement Plan

    A step-by-step guide to planning for your retirement. The sooner you start, the easier it will be to build a good cushion ...
  49. A Sanity-Saving Retirement Stock Portfolio

    A Sanity-Saving Retirement Stock Portfolio

    The market rollercoaster has many retirees calling it quits on stocks. Big mistake.
  50. 11 Things You May Not Know About Your IRA

    11 Things You May Not Know About Your IRA

    These little-known features will help you get the most out of your retirement savings.
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