Retirement

  1. 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.
  2. 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 ...
  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. I am considering taking a loan from my qualified retirement plan. What is the definition ...

    I am considering taking a loan from my qualified retirement plan. What is the definition ...

    For the purposes of a qualified plan loan, the reasonable rate of interest that the Department of Labor provides is one consistent ...
  10. Health-y Savings Accounts

    Health-y Savings Accounts

    HSAs can provide a new way to save for retirement and medical expenses.
  11. How To Cure An Ailing 401(k)

    How To Cure An Ailing 401(k)

    High-cost, outdated plans can prevent your retirement portfolio from thriving.
  12. Can I roll my 401(k) and/or IRA funds into a more liquid investment fund without ...

    Can I roll my 401(k) and/or IRA funds into a more liquid investment fund without ...

    Choosing your retirement plan investments requires the assistance of an expert who is able to analyze your options and to ...
  13. How do I get credit for my retirement plan contributions?

    How do I get credit for my retirement plan contributions?

    There is an added incentive for adding to your retirement nest egg, if your income falls within certain limits. Under this ...
  14. If I am no longer employed, can I roll over a 403(b) plan into an IRA?

    If I am no longer employed, can I roll over a 403(b) plan into an IRA?

    Now that you are no longer working with the (former) employer that established your 403(b) account, you may roll your 403 ...
  15. 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 ...
  16. Can I pull out most of my assets from my IRA and use the cash as long as I replace ...

    Can I pull out most of my assets from my IRA and use the cash as long as I replace ...

    Generally, for the distribution to be considered non-taxable, it must be rolled over (deposited) into the IRA (or another ...
  17. Is divorce an exception to the SIMPLE IRA's two-year waiting period rule?

    Is divorce an exception to the SIMPLE IRA's two-year waiting period rule?

    First, some background: during the first two years after a SIMPLE IRA is established, assets held in the SIMPLE must not ...
  18. Will I incur a tax penalty when making withdrawls from my IRA in excess of my SEPP?

    Will I incur a tax penalty when making withdrawls from my IRA in excess of my SEPP?

    Unfortunately, the IRA is "locked" for five years because of the requirement that the substantially equal periodic payment ...
  19. What are some common and useful retirement planner designations? Are they expensive ...

    What are some common and useful retirement planner designations? Are they expensive ...

    Some common retirement planner designations are: Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist (CRPS) designation from the College ...
  20. Top 6 Myths About Social Security Benefits

    Top 6 Myths About Social Security Benefits

    Misinformation on retirement benefits is common. We'll set the record straight.
  21. Money Can't Buy Retirement Bliss

    Money Can't Buy Retirement Bliss

    Emotional snags can ruin your future happiness. Learn how you can avoid them.
  22. I'm 70.5 and still working for my own company. Can I defer starting my required minimum ...

    I'm 70.5 and still working for my own company. Can I defer starting my required minimum ...

    The option to defer starting your required minimum distribution (RMD) beyond age 70.5 is available only if the individual ...
  23. Personal Pensions: Repackaging The Annuity

    Personal Pensions: Repackaging The Annuity

    Discover an investment that can provide a stable income once you've left the work force.
  24. I understand that I can withdraw from a 401k the year I turn 55 without the 10% penalty ...

    I understand that I can withdraw from a 401k the year I turn 55 without the 10% penalty ...

    You are referring to the rule that states that distributions from your qualified plan (including 401k, profit sharing, money ...
  25. My husband has become eligible for a 401(k) plan (with no matching contribution) ...

    My husband has become eligible for a 401(k) plan (with no matching contribution) ...

    Your husband's employer should check the retirement plan box on line 13 of the 2005 Form W-2 only if your husband elects ...
  26. 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 ...
  27. Analyzing IRA And ESA Statements

    Analyzing IRA And ESA Statements

    Learn how to read and verify 5498 and 5498-ESA reporting your retirement-account contributions.
  28. Once substantially equal periodic payments (SEPP) of an IRA have started, is the ...

    Once substantially equal periodic payments (SEPP) of an IRA have started, is the ...

    Typically, if you withdraw assets from an IRA or a qualified retirement plan sponsored by your employer while under the age ...
  29. I am only 17 years old. I don't have a job or pay taxes. Can I contribute to an IRA? ...

    I am only 17 years old. I don't have a job or pay taxes. Can I contribute to an IRA? ...

    You must have earned income (eligible compensation) to be eligible to contribute to a Roth IRA. Individuals who are eligible ...
  30. What's the difference between a savings account and a Roth IRA?

    What's the difference between a savings account and a Roth IRA?

    A savings account is an all-inclusive term , which includes IRAs and regular ( non-retirement) savings. A Roth IRA is a savings ...
  31. Bear-Proof Your Retirement Portfolio

    Bear-Proof Your Retirement Portfolio

    Find out how to protect your assets so you can live out your dreams in style.
  32. I participate in a profit-sharing plan at work. If I retire at age 62, will I be ...

    I participate in a profit-sharing plan at work. If I retire at age 62, will I be ...

    The money in your profit-sharing account will be taxable when it is withdrawn from the account. You may leave the money in ...
  33. Maxing Out Your RRSP (Canadian)

    Maxing Out Your RRSP (Canadian)

    Increasing your savings will provide tax benefits - and peace of mind.
  34. Burdening Your Retirement With A Mortgage

    Burdening Your Retirement With A Mortgage

    Carrying this debt can have benefits if done correctly, but is it worth the risk?
  35. Journey Through The 6 Stages Of Retirement

    Journey Through The 6 Stages Of Retirement

    Financial planning is important, but emotional planning is the key to retiree bliss.
  36. After receiving a required distribution when and how are my taxes affected?

    After receiving a required distribution when and how are my taxes affected?

    Any taxable amount of the distribution will represent ordinary income for the year that the distribution occurs and will ...
  37. Cut Your Tax Bill

    Cut Your Tax Bill

    Paying your bills early or giving an extra donation now can help you come tax time.
  38. Is Your 401(k) On Track?

    Is Your 401(k) On Track?

    Small adjustments can have a significant impact on your returns. Learn what to watch for.
  39. Retirement Funds To Fund Startups

    Retirement Funds To Fund Startups

    Retired entrepreneurs who have "played it safe" and retirees who want to stretch their dollars are looking to invest here. ...
  40. I overcontributed to my 401(k). What are my options?

    I overcontributed to my 401(k). What are my options?

    If you overcontributed (made excess deferral contributions) to your 401(k) plan account, you should notify your employer ...
  41. How do I sign up for the saver's tax credit?

    How do I sign up for the saver's tax credit?

    The saver's tax credit is a non-refundable tax credit available to eligible taxpayers in the U.S. who make contributions ...
  42. I am a teacher in a public school system and I don't presently have a 403(b) plan, ...

    I am a teacher in a public school system and I don't presently have a 403(b) plan, ...

    If you establish a 403(b) account under the school's 403(b) plan, you may roll the Traditional IRA assets to the 403(b) account. ...
  43. New Option For Beneficiaries: Reversionary Annuities

    New Option For Beneficiaries: Reversionary Annuities

    This vehicle can provide survivors with guaranteed income and lower premiums.
  44. 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 ...
  45. 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 ...
  46. What are the income limits for Roth IRA contributions?

    What are the income limits for Roth IRA contributions?

    The 2007 and 2008 income limits for Roth IRA contributions are as follows: Situations 2007 2008 Individuals who are married ...
  47. My Traditional IRA has been converted to a Roth IRA. Can I still make a qualified ...

    My Traditional IRA has been converted to a Roth IRA. Can I still make a qualified ...

    If you converted the funds less than five-years ago, you will not be able to meet the qualified distribution requirements. ...
  48. I'm an 80 year old making increasing required minimum distribution (RMD) tax payments. ...

    I'm an 80 year old making increasing required minimum distribution (RMD) tax payments. ...

    First, some background information: the tax treatment of a Roth IRA distribution depends on whether or not the distribution ...
  49. Can I add my higher income spouse's name to my Roth IRA in order to raise our contribution ...

    Can I add my higher income spouse's name to my Roth IRA in order to raise our contribution ...

    IRS rules prevent you from maintaining joint Roth IRA accounts. However, you may accomplish your goal of contributing larger ...
  50. What does the Pension Protection Act of 2006 say about charitable contributions?

    What does the Pension Protection Act of 2006 say about charitable contributions?

    According to the Pension Protection Act of 2006 (PPA), you can make a distribution from your IRA payable to a charity. A ...
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