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The SECURE Act and Your Retirement Accounts

A relatively radical bill moving through Congress will mostly eliminate passing on to heirs the benefits of tax-deferred and tax free IRAs. Why haven’t you heard anything about this money grab? Maybe because the bill has so much bipartisan support instead of political drama that the media is not paying attention.

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Avoid These “Stupid” Money Mistakes

“Save more, spend less, and don’t do anything stupid.” According to the late Dick Wagner, CFP, this sentence summed up financial planning. Simplistic? Certainly. But it also contains a great deal of truth.

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Roll Over 401(k) to IRA But Keep Your Job

If your employer offers a 401(k) or other retirement plan, contributing to that plan is a foundation of your retirement savings. However, as you approach retirement age, you might consider moving some of your retirement funds out of your employer’s plan and into an IRA at a custodian like TD Ameritrade or Fidelity.

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More IRA Mistakes to Avoid

Last week I discussed two critical IRA mistakes, based on information I learned from Jeff Levine of Fully Vested Advice, Inc., at the 2018 spring conference of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors. This week I will cover three more. 1. Failing to understand beneficiary options on inherited IRAs. You may well be among […]

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Tax Planning for Retirement Plan Required Minimum Distributions

One of the big advantages of a traditional IRA or 401(k) is being able to save pre-tax dollars and let them grow tax deferred until you need them. Hopefully, when you take the distributions in retirement, you will be in a lower tax bracket than when you made the contribution. The downside is that traditional […]

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