Retirement

  1. I'm a teacher. Which is better for me, a 401(k) or 403(b)? What is the difference? ...

    The first step is to check with your employer regarding any retirement plan(s) it provides for employees, as you can only ...
  2. Are there tax penalties for closing my Roth IRA account?

    You can close your Roth IRA account without negative consequences if your total account balance is less than the accumulated ...
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  4. I want to roll over a portion of my retirement plan with my employer and I have been ...

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    Creating and using a budget is a valuable tool for all demographics; it's not just for those who need to closely monitor ...
  6. 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 ...
  7. Can I borrow from an IRA without penalty?

    Yes. A 60-day rollover rule applies to all types of IRAs. This 60-day rollover rule allows you to withdraw assets from your ...
  8. 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 ...
  9. How To Cure An Ailing 401(k)

    High-cost, outdated plans can prevent your retirement portfolio from thriving.
  10. The Top 3 Retiree Worries (And What To Do About Them)

    Discover the most common problems retirees face, and what they can do to solve them.
  11. 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 ...
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  13. I just opened an IRA. What can I do to help my money grow?

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  14. 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.
  15. Estate Planning For Canadians

    Trusts, wills, taxes and rules differ by country. Find out what you need to know about estate plans in Canada.
  16. If I pass away, will my retirement plan go to my spouse tax free?

    If your spouse is the designated beneficiary of your retirement plan, the assets will pass to him or her tax free. The general ...
  17. Deducting Losses On Your IRA Investments

    In regular accounts in which taxes are not deferred, losses on investments can be included on your tax return. Find out how. ...
  18. I deducted my IRA contribution on my tax return but failed to transfer the funds. ...

    If an IRA contribution was deducted on a tax return, but the contribution was never made to the IRA by the taxpayer's tax ...
  19. Is an employee eligible for an SEP if the plan has already been set up for other ...

    It depends. The employee should meet not only the service requirements, but the age and compensation requirements as well. ...
  20. 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 ...
  21. 401(k) Debit Cards: Taking A Swipe At Your Retirement Savings

    This is just another more convenient way to borrow from your plan. But at what cost?
  22. I want to purchase a five-year period certain single premium immediate annuity (SPIA) ...

    The income from a SPIA IRA is subject to the early distribution penalty unless an exception applies. As you may know, the ...
  23. Is Your 401(k) On Track?

    Small adjustments can have a significant impact on your returns. Learn what to watch for.
  24. What are the exceptions to the early distribution penalty for a non-qualified Roth ...

    The exceptions are as follows: The distribution is made on or after the date you reach age 59.5 The distribution is made ...
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  27. I inherited a Roth IRA. What are my options for taking distributions from the account?

    It depends. Generally, if you are the spouse of the Roth IRA owner and you are the sole primary beneficiary, you may treat ...
  28. What's Your Net Worth Telling You?

    Net worth provides a road map for retirement - learn if you're headed in the right direction.
  29. What is the five-year waiting rule for Roth IRAs?

    There are two five-year waiting periods that apply to Roth IRAs. However, in both cases, the waiting period for a Roth IRA ...
  30. Can an IRA owner disclaim his widow's account but exclude one spendthrift contingent ...

    From your question, it appears that the widow is the sole primary beneficiary, in which case any portion properly disclaimed ...
  31. 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 ...
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  33. 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 ...
  34. 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 ...
  35. 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 ...
  36. I have just been laid off. Can I use my 401(k) for living expenses now and report ...

    Any amounts withdrawn from your 401(k) plan must be treated as ordinary income for the year the amount is distributed from ...
  37. 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 ...
  38. 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 ...
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    This simple document can take the guesswork and headache out of settling your estate.
  40. Which amount should the brokerage use for the 1099-R?

    Assets in IRAs do not carry a cost basis for tax purposes.
  41. How does online banking assist with budgeting?

    Setting up online banking can make a personal budget easier to manage through the use of multiple accounts or expense categories ...
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  44. CDIC Protects Canadians From Bank Failure

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  45. Is my husband's ex-spouse entitled to receive my spouse's retirement benefits?

    The rules vary among retirement benefits. In some cases, because you are the current spouse, you will be treated as the beneficiary ...
  46. 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 ...
  47. I have two Roth IRAs, one of which has a balance that is much less than the total ...

    It depends. You are eligible to write off the losses only if the balance for both of your Roth IRAs (combined) is less than ...
  48. Journey Through The 6 Stages Of Retirement

    Financial planning is important, but emotional planning is the key to retiree bliss.
  49. 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 ...
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