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 ...

    This is based on the rules that an individual can roll over a portion of his or her retirement plan balance, rather than ...
  5. 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 ...
  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'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 ...
  9. 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 ...
  10. Bear-Proof Your Retirement Portfolio

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  11. 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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  13. House Your Retirement With Self-Directed Real Estate IRAs

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  14. 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 ...
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    Bank failures can happen in Canada, but many deposits are insured. Find out what's covered.
  16. 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 ...
  17. 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 that you ...
  18. 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 ...
  19. Journey Through The 6 Stages Of Retirement

    Financial planning is important, but emotional planning is the key to retiree bliss.
  20. 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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  22. 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 ...
  23. 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 ...
  24. 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.
  26. Which amount should the brokerage use for the 1099-R?

    Assets in IRAs do not carry a cost basis for tax purposes.
  27. 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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  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 ...
  32. Bear Spray For Your 401(k)

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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. When should I take my Canadian Pension Plan distributions?

    The Canadian Pension Plan (CPP) is a retirement program from which contributing Canadians may receive payments at the age ...
  35. Are You Buying Annuities Or Mutual Funds?

    Investing a client's money in variable annuties is becoming a target for criticism.
  36. Can I roll my 403(b) and 457 into other low-cost venders when I change jobs?

    It is very likely than you will be able to roll over or transfer these amounts after you stop working for your current employer. ...
  37. 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 ...
  38. 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 ...
  39. 8 Reasons To Never Borrow From Your 401(k)

    Find out why dipping into your future savings can have serious consequences.
  40. 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.
  41. 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 ...
  42. Saving Money With A Private Annuity Trust

    Learn about a strategy that could help you reduce taxes, diversify your portfolio and generate income.
  43. 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.
  44. 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 ...
  45. 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. ...
  46. 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 ...
  47. 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 ...
  48. 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 ...
  49. 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 ...
  50. I have several jobs. Can I contribute the maximum to multiple employer retirement ...

    It depends. A question such as this requires detailed information in order to provide a helpful response. Here is a general ...
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