Retirement

  1. 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 ...
  2. 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 ...
  3. 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. ...
  4. 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 ...
  5. 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 ...
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Top 7 Social Security Myths: Exposed

    Top 7 Social Security Myths: Exposed

    A look at several myths that surround Social Security benefits.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. A Multipurpose Future Planning Tool

    A Multipurpose Future Planning Tool

    Overfunded variable universal life insurance policies can be an all-in-one financial solution.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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 ...
  15. 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, ...
  16. 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 ...
  17. 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.
  18. 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 ...
  19. 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 ...
  20. 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 ...
  21. 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 ...
  22. 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.
  23. 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 ...
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. Business Owners: A Guide To Qualified Retirement Plan Loans

    Business Owners: A Guide To Qualified Retirement Plan Loans

    Thinking of adding a loan feature to your company's plan? Here's what you need to know.
  29. 8 Reasons To Never Borrow From Your 401(k)

    8 Reasons To Never Borrow From Your 401(k)

    Find out why dipping into your future savings can have serious consequences.
  30. Pay For A College Education With Retirement Funds

    Pay For A College Education With Retirement Funds

    These savings vehicles may be better than college saving funds for some families.
  31. Does It Still Pay To Invest In Gold?

    Does It Still Pay To Invest In Gold?

    This asset's appeal dates back thousands of years. Find out whether it can live up to the hype.
  32. 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.
  33. 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 ...
  34. 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 ...
  35. 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 ...
  36. New Option For Beneficiaries: Reversionary Annuities

    New Option For Beneficiaries: Reversionary Annuities

    This vehicle can provide survivors with guaranteed income and lower premiums.
  37. What do you do for a non-spouse beneficiary receiving a required minimum distribution ...

    What do you do for a non-spouse beneficiary receiving a required minimum distribution ...

    Unfortunately, a non-spouse beneficiary is not allowed to rollover assets from a qualified plan. Therefore, purchasing an ...
  38. If a trust is named as the beneficiary of an IRA, can the trustee of that trust become ...

    If a trust is named as the beneficiary of an IRA, can the trustee of that trust become ...

    While the IRA owner is alive, only the IRA owner can change the designated beneficiary of the IRA. Exceptions may apply if ...
  39. Can either a SEP IRA or a SIMPLE IRA be attached in a bankruptcy or malpractice action, ...

    Can either a SEP IRA or a SIMPLE IRA be attached in a bankruptcy or malpractice action, ...

    State law determines whether or not an IRA, including SEP, SIMPLEs and Roth IRAs, can be attached in any bankruptcy proceedings, ...
  40. I have several Roth IRA conversions, each with different custodians. When I spoke ...

    I have several Roth IRA conversions, each with different custodians. When I spoke ...

    It is true that at any time you may take out (distribute) the amount you converted without paying tax on the amount because ...
  41. I am making after-tax contributions to an IRA. Will I get taxed again when I withdraw ...

    I am making after-tax contributions to an IRA. Will I get taxed again when I withdraw ...

    No. Withdrawals of your after-tax contributions to your IRAs should not be taxed. However, the only way to make sure this ...
  42. What are the rules and reporting requirements  for a rollover of a required minimum ...

    What are the rules and reporting requirements for a rollover of a required minimum ...

    An RMD may be transferred between IRAs, but it may not be rolled over once distributed. If the RMD amount is rolled over ...
  43. Do I have to continue SEPPs for an inherited IRA?

    Do I have to continue SEPPs for an inherited IRA?

    You may discontinue the payments. Once the person who is taking the substantially equal periodic payment (SEPP) dies or becomes ...
  44. Why should investors pick less risky investments as they approach retirement?

    Why should investors pick less risky investments as they approach retirement?

    Investors must decide for themselves what the term "risky investment" means to them. At age 25, you may feel comfortable ...
  45. Boomers: Twisting The Retirement Mindset

    Boomers: Twisting The Retirement Mindset

    This generation must take a whole new approach to post-work planning.
  46. Common Questions About Retirement Plans

    Common Questions About Retirement Plans

    We offer some solutions for the individual taxpayer as well as the small business owner.
  47. The Pension Bill: A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing

    The Pension Bill: A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing

    Find out why the 2006 act may not be all it's cracked up to be.
  48. Be Your Own Boss By Freelancing

    Be Your Own Boss By Freelancing

    Learn the pros and cons before you bid adieu to sales meetings and power suits forever.
  49. Does participation in a 401(k) plan prevent an individual from contributing to a ...

    Does participation in a 401(k) plan prevent an individual from contributing to a ...

    No. An individual's participation in an employer-sponsored plan (including a 401(k) plan) does not affect his or her ability ...
  50. I am 61 years old and would like to contribute to my employer's 401(k) plan. Is there ...

    I am 61 years old and would like to contribute to my employer's 401(k) plan. Is there ...

    There is no age limit. As long as you are still employed by the company that sponsors the 401(k) plan, you may participate ...
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