Retirement

  1. Can IRA Transactions Trigger The Wash-Sale Rule?

    Can IRA Transactions Trigger The Wash-Sale Rule?

    In 2008, the IRS said: Yes, they can. Find out what this means and how to avoid penalties.
  2. Wealth-Building IRA Rollovers

    Wealth-Building IRA Rollovers

    Rollovers allow your tax-deferred retirement assets to grow, even when the world around you is changing.
  3. 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 ...
  4. How do I go about opening up a Roth IRA?

    How do I go about opening up a Roth IRA?

    You may open Roth IRAs at most financial institutions, such as your local bank, your credit union, or brokerage firm. You ...
  5. I am over 60 years old and have a Roth IRA to which I have made contributions for ...

    I am over 60 years old and have a Roth IRA to which I have made contributions for ...

    Because you meet the five-year requirement (i.e. it has been five years since you first established and funded a Roth IRA) ...
  6. 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 ...
  7. 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 ...
  8. 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 ...
  9. Can I contribute to my company-sponsored 401(k) after the company's year-end but ...

    Can I contribute to my company-sponsored 401(k) after the company's year-end but ...

    Unlike IRAs, where contributions can be made for the previous year up to April 15 of the current year, salary deferral contributions ...
  10. Is my non-qualified Roth IRA distribution subject to taxes or early distribution ...

    Is my non-qualified Roth IRA distribution subject to taxes or early distribution ...

    The ordering rules must be applied to determine whether the distribution is subject to income taxes and/or the early distribution ...
  11. 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 ...
  12. Can I return funds to my Traditional IRA after taking a distribution?

    Can I return funds to my Traditional IRA after taking a distribution?

    If you take a distribution from your Traditional IRA, you can roll over the amount to the same Traditional IRA or another ...
  13. Saving Money With A Private Annuity Trust

    Saving Money With A Private Annuity Trust

    Learn about a strategy that could help you reduce taxes, diversify your portfolio and generate income.
  14. Alternative Investments In Your IRA

    Alternative Investments In Your IRA

    If you stray off the beaten path when investing your IRA assets, you'll find new potential pitfalls and rewards.
  15. 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.
  16. Can You Retire In Five Years?

    Can You Retire In Five Years?

    The countdown is on. Find out whether you'll be ready to leave the working world.
  17. Boomers: Twisting The Retirement Mindset

    Boomers: Twisting The Retirement Mindset

    This generation must take a whole new approach to post-work planning.
  18. 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.
  19. 5 Things To Consider Before Late-In-Life Marriage

    5 Things To Consider Before Late-In-Life Marriage

    Waiting to marry has become the norm, but do you know what to consider before saying "I do"?
  20. What kinds of investments are allowed in a qualified retirement plan, and what kinds ...

    What kinds of investments are allowed in a qualified retirement plan, and what kinds ...

    Generally, the permissible investments for qualified plans include publicly-traded securities, real estate, mutual funds ...
  21. Is it permissible for a 70-year-old person to buy an IRA?

    Is it permissible for a 70-year-old person to buy an IRA?

    It depends. For Roth IRAs, there are no age restrictions. For Traditional IRAs, there are no age restrictions if you are ...
  22. I have conservative views on investing. How should I go about investing in a Roth ...

    I have conservative views on investing. How should I go about investing in a Roth ...

    Most financial services institutions - such as banks, brokerage firms, credit unions and mutual fund companies - offer Roth ...
  23. 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 ...
  24. Can a spouse who is not named as a beneficiary receive assets from an IRA?

    Can a spouse who is not named as a beneficiary receive assets from an IRA?

    It depends.Generally speaking, the designation of beneficiary form dictates who receives the assets from the individual retirement ...
  25. I make over $100,000/yr and my adjusted gross income precludes standard IRA contributions. ...

    I make over $100,000/yr and my adjusted gross income precludes standard IRA contributions. ...

    With an adjusted gross income (AGI) of more than $100,000, only your eligibility to deduct contributions to a Traditional ...
  26. 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 ...
  27. Can an IRA beneficiary roll the IRA over into another account and designate another ...

    Can an IRA beneficiary roll the IRA over into another account and designate another ...

    It depends on the provision of the IRA plan document. Some (though very few) do not allow the designation of successor beneficiaries. ...
  28. 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. ...
  29. Can I return funds to my Roth IRA after I have taken it as a distribution?

    Can I return funds to my Roth IRA after I have taken it as a distribution?

    Yes. You can roll over the amount to the Roth IRA, or another of your Roth IRAs (excluding inherited Roth IRAs), provided ...
  30. How can a trust lower federal transfer tax liability?

    How can a trust lower federal transfer tax liability?

    A trust is an arrangement in which an individual or entity controls property or funds on behalf of someone else without actually ...
  31. 3 Steps To Take If You Miss Your RMD Deadline

    3 Steps To Take If You Miss Your RMD Deadline

    If you fail to take the required minimum distribution from your retirement account, you need to take proper steps.
  32. Cut Your Tax Bill

    Cut Your Tax Bill

    Paying your bills early or giving an extra donation now can help you come tax time.
  33. Get A Step Up With Credit Shelter Trusts

    Get A Step Up With Credit Shelter Trusts

    Don't let unexpected taxes eat away at your inheritance or burden your heirs.
  34. 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.
  35. Estate Planning For Canadians

    Estate Planning For Canadians

    Trusts, wills, taxes and rules differ by country. Find out what you need to know about estate plans in Canada.
  36. I do not want to totally get out of my retirement 401(k), but I want to take 72(t) ...

    I do not want to totally get out of my retirement 401(k), but I want to take 72(t) ...

    The exact amount of the 72(t) distributions that you are eligible to take will be determined by your age and the IRS published ...
  37. Can an IRA be used as security for a loan?

    Can an IRA be used as security for a loan?

    The IRS prohibits the use of an IRA as security for a loan. If an individual borrows money against his or her IRA, the IRA ...
  38. 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 ...
  39. Can the non-spouse beneficiary of an IRA name a successor beneficiary?

    Can the non-spouse beneficiary of an IRA name a successor beneficiary?

    Whether the beneficiary of an individual retirement account (IRA) can name a successor beneficiary (second generation beneficiary) ...
  40. 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 ...
  41. My spouse is the primary beneficiary of my IRA. I also have a contingent beneficiary. ...

    My spouse is the primary beneficiary of my IRA. I also have a contingent beneficiary. ...

    A spouse who is the sole primary beneficiary of an IRA can always treat the IRA as his or her own. The contingent beneficiary ...
  42. 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 ...
  43. Why should I bother creating a budget?

    Why should I bother creating a budget?

    Creating and using a budget is a valuable tool for all demographics; it's not just for those who need to closely monitor ...
  44. What should I consider when I select an executor for my will?

    What should I consider when I select an executor for my will?

    The executor of a will is the person designated with the task of administering the will's instructions. The responsibilities ...
  45. 10 Retirement-Wrecking Moves

    10 Retirement-Wrecking Moves

    Don't let these common mistakes put a crack your nest egg.
  46. Mistakes In Designating A Retirement Beneficiary

    Mistakes In Designating A Retirement Beneficiary

    Make sure your beneficiary designations not only reflect your intentions but also meet the requirements to be effective. ...
  47. An Introduction To The Roth 401(k)

    An Introduction To The Roth 401(k)

    The money that you earn today is taxed today, making tax-free retirement withdrawals a reality.
  48. A Closer Look At The Roth 401(k)

    A Closer Look At The Roth 401(k)

    Learn about the benefits and drawbacks of this new investment account and see if it's right for you.
  49. Pension Protection Act Of 2006 Becomes Law

    Pension Protection Act Of 2006 Becomes Law

    Learn how the passed bill can help you save more for retirement.
  50. Chipping Away At The Pension Freeze Trend

    Chipping Away At The Pension Freeze Trend

    Learn five steps that'll put your retirement back into your own hands.
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