Retirement

  1. Is a person an active participant in an employer-sponsored retirement plan if he ...

    Is a person an active participant in an employer-sponsored retirement plan if he ...

    Yes. An individual is considered an active participant even if his or her participation in the plan has been for only a short ...
  2. Collateralized Debt Obligations: From Boon To Burden

    Collateralized Debt Obligations: From Boon To Burden

    CDOs were to be Wall Street's boon - instead they went bust. Find out what went wrong.
  3. What are the penalties for withdrawing from my Traditional IRA less than a year after ...

    What are the penalties for withdrawing from my Traditional IRA less than a year after ...

    Withdrawals from your Traditional IRA will be treated as ordinary income, and if you are under age 59.5 when the distribution ...
  4. Tough Times: Should You Dip Into Your Qualified Plan?

    Tough Times: Should You Dip Into Your Qualified Plan?

    401(k)s, pensions and profit-sharing plans can be a source of cash, but there are consequences to this option.
  5. Am I entitled to any of my ex-spouse's retirement plan benefits?

    Am I entitled to any of my ex-spouse's retirement plan benefits?

    Generally, former spouses are not entitled to benefits under a qualified plan, unless provisions were made for them to receive ...
  6. Choosing The Right Retirement Destination

    Choosing The Right Retirement Destination

    Retire in a place that fits your plans for post-work living.
  7. What happens when someone is given the golden boot?

    What happens when someone is given the golden boot?

    In business, the term "golden boot" describes the package used to convince older workers to take early retirement. Forcing ...
  8. 401(k) Predators: Don't Become Prey

    401(k) Predators: Don't Become Prey

    Be leery of "free" financial education sessions - the providers may not be working in your best interest.
  9. Asset Distributions A Key Consideration For Retirees

    Asset Distributions A Key Consideration For Retirees

    How you distribute qualified retirement plan money can affect your taxes and Social Security benefits.
  10. My company is the trustee of our 401k plan (which has 112 participants). What are ...

    My company is the trustee of our 401k plan (which has 112 participants). What are ...

    The answer may vary depending on the plan provider and the provisions of the plan document. For questions relating to a specific ...
  11. I failed to distribute an inherited 401(k) that was found in an audit. What happens ...

    I failed to distribute an inherited 401(k) that was found in an audit. What happens ...

    The party responsible for paying the penalty in such cases will be the beneficiary of the 401(k) plan. You may want to start ...
  12. My 80-year-old mother used her Roth IRA assets to make an $11,000 annual gift tax ...

    My 80-year-old mother used her Roth IRA assets to make an $11,000 annual gift tax ...

    Under the current version of the law, any IRA or Roth IRA assets that are gifted while the IRA owner is alive are considered ...
  13. Recharacterizing Your IRA Contribution Or Roth Conversion

    Recharacterizing Your IRA Contribution Or Roth Conversion

    Learn why you might make such a transaction and find out how to calculate how it will affect you.
  14. A Look At IRA Separate Accounting Rules

    A Look At IRA Separate Accounting Rules

    If you are a younger multiple beneficiary, make sure you understand the RMD regulations.
  15. 4 IRA Changes That Encourage Savings

    4 IRA Changes That Encourage Savings

    Find out what's new in the world of IRAs and how you can get more bang for your buck.
  16. As a temporary resident of the US, can I withdraw funds from my Traditional IRA without ...

    As a temporary resident of the US, can I withdraw funds from my Traditional IRA without ...

    Should you decide to invest in a Traditional IRA and receive a tax deduction for your contribution, the amounts that you ...
  17. If I am entitled according to my divorce decree to a percentage of my ex-husband's ...

    If I am entitled according to my divorce decree to a percentage of my ex-husband's ...

    In order to have your portion of the IRA assets transferred to you (i.e. into your name), you should contact your husband's ...
  18. Can investment real estate be purchased within an IRA and, if so, are there any pitfalls?

    Can investment real estate be purchased within an IRA and, if so, are there any pitfalls?

    Investment real estate can be purchased with an IRA provided the investment does not violate the prohibited transaction rules.An ...
  19. My spouse and I now earn more than the dual-income limit specified by our IRAs. What ...

    My spouse and I now earn more than the dual-income limit specified by our IRAs. What ...

    The amounts that you contributed while your modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) was within the statutory limits will not ...
  20. Can my spouse and I combine our Traditional IRAs?

    Can my spouse and I combine our Traditional IRAs?

    No. IRAs cannot be maintained as joint accounts. One key indicator is the label - IRA stands for individual retirement account. ...
  21. I have two jobs. Can I contribute to two SIMPLE IRA plans?

    I have two jobs. Can I contribute to two SIMPLE IRA plans?

    If there is no relationship between the two companies - the only link is that the employee works for both of them - then ...
  22. Can I hold non-dollar currencies in my retirement fund?

    Can I hold non-dollar currencies in my retirement fund?

    Yes. You would need to find a financial institution that can facilitate these currencies in a retirement account. Many are ...
  23. Lump Sum Versus Regular Pension Payments

    Lump Sum Versus Regular Pension Payments

    If you're about to retire, you may be facing this dilemma soon. Find out what your options are.
  24. Healthy Survival Guide For Sandwiched Boomers

    Healthy Survival Guide For Sandwiched Boomers

    Caring for children and parents is squeezing baby boomers' finances. Find out how to cope.
  25. Top 7 Social Security Myths: Exposed

    Top 7 Social Security Myths: Exposed

    A look at several myths that surround Social Security benefits.
  26. Pension Law Could Reduce Your Payout

    Pension Law Could Reduce Your Payout

    Discover how this act negatively affects your lump-sum withdrawals.
  27. No Need To Rush End-Of-Career Retirement Planning

    No Need To Rush End-Of-Career Retirement Planning

    Your retirement is fast approaching, but your retirement plan needn't change as quickly.
  28. Benchmark To Show Winning Returns

    Benchmark To Show Winning Returns

    You can't win if you don't keep score. Read on to learn how to measure your returns.
  29. My old company offers a 401(k) plan and my new employer only offers a 403(b) plan. ...

    My old company offers a 401(k) plan and my new employer only offers a 403(b) plan. ...

    It depends. While the regulations do allow rollover of assets between 401(k) plans and 403(b) plans, employers are not required ...
  30. What types of plans allow catch-up contributions?

    What types of plans allow catch-up contributions?

    Catch-up contributions can only be made to plans with salary deferral features.If you want to make catch-up contributions, ...
  31. My recently deceased spouse's IRA has been rolled over into mine. Does the cost basis ...

    My recently deceased spouse's IRA has been rolled over into mine. Does the cost basis ...

    The basis attributed to IRA assets that you inherited remains the same. Since you are a spouse beneficiary and you elect ...
  32. Did Your Roth IRA Conversion Pass or Fail?

    Did Your Roth IRA Conversion Pass or Fail?

    If you are moving assets from a Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA, you need to know the associated tax rules.
  33. Can I establish more than one IRA?

    Can I establish more than one IRA?

    There is no limit on the number of IRAs that you can establish. However, regardless of the number of IRAs you maintain, you ...
  34. I stopped distributions from my retirement account while under Rule 72(t). Will this ...

    I stopped distributions from my retirement account while under Rule 72(t). Will this ...

    If an individual modifies a substantially equal periodic payment (SEPP), including discontinuing the SEPP before the end ...
  35. What will happen to my SEP IRA if I leave my current employer?

    What will happen to my SEP IRA if I leave my current employer?

    Because the funding vehicle for the SEP is a Traditional IRA, the same transfer and rollover rules that apply to a Traditional ...
  36. Can I roll the funds in an SEP-IRA over to a profit-sharing plan or self-directed ...

    Can I roll the funds in an SEP-IRA over to a profit-sharing plan or self-directed ...

    Yes. Funds can be rolled over from an SEP IRA to a profit-sharing plan, provided the plan document that governs the profit-sharing ...
  37. High-Risk Retirement Portfolio Not Always Taboo

    High-Risk Retirement Portfolio Not Always Taboo

    Find out how much risk your portfolio can take and whether your money will last.
  38. Can I leave my pension to my spouse when I pass away?

    Can I leave my pension to my spouse when I pass away?

    In most cases, an individual with a pension plan should have the option to leave at least a portion of his or her pension ...
  39. Invest In Your Education With An RESP

    Invest In Your Education With An RESP

    All Canadians should know the benefits of these flexible education savings plans.
  40. The Demise Of The Defined-Benefit Plan

    The Demise Of The Defined-Benefit Plan

    Experts are making bleak predictions for your post-work years. Be prepared and plan for your future.
  41. Squeeze A Greenback Out Of Your Latte

    Squeeze A Greenback Out Of Your Latte

    Stick to your budget every day with these 15 simple tips.
  42. Immediate Annuities: Guaranteed Payout At A Price?

    Immediate Annuities: Guaranteed Payout At A Price?

    This vehicle can have very low, or even negative, rates. Find out when it pays to invest.
  43. 401(k) Plans For The Small Business Owner

    401(k) Plans For The Small Business Owner

    If you own a business, this may be the plan for you! Find out about its benefits and eligibility requirements.
  44. Non-Cash Contribution Rules Could Cut Returns

    Non-Cash Contribution Rules Could Cut Returns

    Higher standards for certain contributions could mean smaller deductions for you.
  45. A Multipurpose Future Planning Tool

    A Multipurpose Future Planning Tool

    Overfunded variable universal life insurance policies can be an all-in-one financial solution.
  46. Fatal Seduction Of The Municipal Bond Insurers

    Fatal Seduction Of The Municipal Bond Insurers

    Learn how a foray into CDOs and other exotic products ruined an industry's image.
  47. 10 Steps To Retire A Millionaire

    10 Steps To Retire A Millionaire

    Making this dream come true takes work, but it's well worth the effort.
  48. The company I am working for said that 401(k) contribution can be based on only straight ...

    The company I am working for said that 401(k) contribution can be based on only straight ...

    The regulation (law) that addresses your specific question has not changed. However, both employers may be right. Here's ...
  49. My company has three partners but plans to hire more this year. Would we be better ...

    My company has three partners but plans to hire more this year. Would we be better ...

    It depends.The SBO-401(k) plan is suitable if the plan covers only the business owners - in this case, the partners in the ...
  50. I work for a university, and I have a 403(b) with TIAA-CREF. But TIAA-CREF says I ...

    I work for a university, and I have a 403(b) with TIAA-CREF. But TIAA-CREF says I ...

    It depends. The IRS does permit the transfer of assets between 403(b) providers; however, employers and 403(b) providers ...
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