Retirement

  1. 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, ...
  2. When am I not required to submit a social security number on my tax return?

    When filing your tax return, you are generally required to include the social security numbers of yourself and the individuals ...
  3. Personal Pensions: Repackaging The Annuity

    Discover an investment that can provide a stable income once you've left the work force.
  4. My wife and I both converted our Traditional IRAs to Roth IRAs in Dec 1998 and have ...

    You and your spouse each qualify for a penalty-free distribution of up to $10,000 for the purchase, acquisition or construction ...
  5. 10 Retirement-Wrecking Moves

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

    Make sure your beneficiary designations not only reflect your intentions but also meet the requirements to be effective. ...
  7. Can a creditor seize my retirement savings?

    Whether a creditor can seize your retirement savings will depend on the type of account in which you are holding your retirement ...
  8. Non-Cash Contribution Rules Could Cut Returns

    Higher standards for certain contributions could mean smaller deductions for you.
  9. Bear-Proof Your Retirement Portfolio

    Find out how to protect your assets so you can live out your dreams in style.
  10. How do my siblings and I receive inherited pension benefit payments from our deceased ...

    Generally, the provisions of the plan document determine the distribution options available to beneficiaries of retirement ...
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    Learn how a foray into CDOs and other exotic products ruined an industry's image.
  12. House Your Retirement With Self-Directed Real Estate IRAs

    Investors are now able to invest directly in real property, mortgages and other assets.
  13. Should I put money into a retirement account even if it isn't tax deductible?

    One of the biggest and most often-touted advantages of putting money into a retirement account is the tax savings that come ...
  14. CDIC Protects Canadians From Bank Failure

    Bank failures can happen in Canada, but many deposits are insured. Find out what's covered.
  15. 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 ...
  16. 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 ...
  17. 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 ...
  18. Journey Through The 6 Stages Of Retirement

    Financial planning is important, but emotional planning is the key to retiree bliss.
  19. 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 ...
  20. Can You Retire In Five Years?

    The countdown is on. Find out whether you'll be ready to leave the working world.
  21. 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 ...
  22. Where can I find information on multiple annual additions for someone employed by ...

    That information can be found in Internal Revenue Code Section 402(g). Also see IRS Publication 571.If an individual participates ...
  23. 8 Reasons To Never Borrow From Your 401(k)

    Find out why dipping into your future savings can have serious consequences.
  24. 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.
  25. 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 ...
  26. Saving Money With A Private Annuity Trust

    Learn about a strategy that could help you reduce taxes, diversify your portfolio and generate income.
  27. 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.
  28. What is the difference between a Keogh and an IRA?

    The Keogh plan, or HR10, is an employer-funded, tax-deferred retirement plan designed for unincorporated businesses or self-employed ...
  29. Can IRAs be held jointly by spouses?

    An individual retirement account (IRA) must be established and maintained on an individual basis. It cannot be held jointly. ...
  30. 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 ...
  31. Can I fund a Traditional IRA, a 403(b) or a Roth IRA using pension money? I'm 56 ...

    Generally, for purposes of contributing to IRAs, 403(b)s and other retirement accounts, compensation is defined as income ...
  32. 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 ...
  33. How To Cure An Ailing 401(k)

    High-cost, outdated plans can prevent your retirement portfolio from thriving.
  34. 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.
  35. 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 ...
  36. ETN Credit Risk May Outweigh Benefits For Some

    Exchange-traded notes have many benefits, but they may not be suited to risk-averse investors.
  37. I just opened an IRA. What can I do to help my money grow?

    For individuals who are just starting to save, certificates of deposit can be a good place to start, but the interest rates ...
  38. 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.
  39. Estate Planning For Canadians

    Trusts, wills, taxes and rules differ by country. Find out what you need to know about estate plans in Canada.
  40. I want to roll over a portion of my retirement plan with my employer and I have been ...

    This is based on the rules that an individual can roll over a portion of his or her retirement plan balance, rather than ...
  41. 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 ...
  42. 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 ...
  43. 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 ...
  44. 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 ...
  45. 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 ...
  46. 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 ...
  47. 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 ...
  48. 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 ...
  49. Letter Of Instruction - Don't Leave Life Without It

    This simple document can take the guesswork and headache out of settling your estate.
  50. Which amount should the brokerage use for the 1099-R?

    Assets in IRAs do not carry a cost basis for tax purposes.
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