Retirement Savings and Investments News, Information and Guidance

Net Unrealized Appreciation

Net Unrealized Appreciation (NUA): The Tax Smart Way to Handle Company Stock in a Rollover

If you  have company stock in a 401(k), you will want to learn about Net Unrealized Appreciation (NUA) and how to minimize taxes when you rollover these funds to an IRA. Should You Rollover? Once you leave a job, or reach age 59 ½ you have the option to move your 401(k) into an Individual…

retirement withdrawals

Your Guide to Developing a Retirement Withdrawals Strategy

You’ve spent your entire working career saving and investing for retirement. Now it’s time to develop a retirement withdrawals strategy. Retirement withdrawals: break into the bank, but manage spending so your money lasts as long as you do… So, what’s the best way to go about withdrawing money from your retirement accounts to ensure that…

bad investments

The Unlucky 13: Bad Investments for Your Retirement

We have A LOT of choices for where to invest our money — both before and after retirement.  Some options are clearly bad investments. Others seem like a good bet, but probably aren’t. While we would all like to find a shortcut to massive wealth, the steady approach is probably the best route to a…

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How to Manage Retirement Withdrawals to Pay Less in Taxes and Maximize Income

A lot has been written about saving and accumulating enough for retirement. But that’s only half the battle. Once you reach retirement it is important that you manage your retirement withdrawals from various accounts as tax-efficiently as possible. Taxes will likely be one of your biggest expenses in retirement. A tax-efficient withdrawal strategy can be…

transition to retirement

More than 8 Esteemed Experts Offer Smart Strategies for the Transition to Retirement

The transition to retirement is exciting and scary.  Like all big events — graduations, relocations, marriage, childbirth and more — life will never be the same again. To make your planning for this transformation easier, here is advice from retirement and personal finance experts. Go for Risk and Reward You have a lot of choices…

retirement income

How to Build a Retirement Income Plan

“The most important thing you can do for your retirement is have a plan — specifically a retirement income plan. A plan covers far more than what investments to pick. Investments are the last part of the plan; the icing on the cake. They should come only after you have the main meal menu in…

How Much Should You Save for Retirement? Orman, Ramsey and Other Financial Gurus Answer

Retirement savings can seem like a very complicated matter. But some of the most well-known and respected financial minds like Suze Orman, David Ramsay and others say it’s really not that hard. The difficult part is the saving; sorting out how much to save is simple. Saving for retirement doesn’t have to be difficult. The…

debt and inflation

Trick or Treat? The Frightening Truth About Debt, Inflation and More…

Most of us are kind of horrified by personal finance.  It can be mystifying and intimidating. However, there are also a lot of ways to profit from basic economic concepts. The problem is that sometimes the bad is good.  And, other times the good is bad. Is Halloween a horrifying holiday or a cute community…

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What is the Best Retirement Investment? Target Date Funds or a Managed Portfolio?

What is the best retirement investment? A target date fund or something else? This content was originally published on RealDealRetirement by Walter Updegrave, RealDealRetirement @RealDealRetire Ask Real Deal Retirement… I’ve been putting my retirement savings into a target-date fund but want to know whether that’s a good idea or if I should consider other investments….

Should you own stocks in retirement?

Should You Own Stocks in Retirement?

This content was originally published on RealDealRetirement by Walter Updegrave, RealDealRetirement @RealDealRetire Should you own stocks in retirement? Is it worth the risk? Are we crazy to avoid stocks? My husband and I are retired and living comfortably on income from Social Security, a pension and other sources. We own government bonds and have FDIC-insured…

how to invest for retirement

6 Simple Tips for How to Invest for Retirement

We all know that we need to save for retirement, but that is hard.  However, it might be even harder to figure out how to invest for retirement. Investments are important for your future. Investing requires some level of expertise and a way of thinking about money that is not innate for most people.  Furthermore,…

retirement income

10 Expert Retirement Income Strategies: Get Ready to Play a Whole New Ballgame

If finding retirement income strategies feels impossible, it might be because it’s a whole new ballgame for you. Learn the new rules and you can hit the retirement income home run! We’ve spent our whole lives working, spending the money we earn and hopefully saving a little too.  When we retire, everything we have ever…

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How to Save Money and Get Out of Financial Danger

If you are worried about how to save money, you are far from alone. In case you missed the survey released last month by the Federal Reserve Board, 47% of American consumers report they would not be able to come up with $400 for an emergency without borrowing or selling something. That’s half of the…

financial fraud

Senior Financial Fraud is Now a $3 Billion Dollar a Year Issue

Financial fraud against people 50 and older is a growing concern. Older Americans lose $3 billion each year due to financial fraud and the average victim loses $120,000, according to AARP’s recent BankSafe report. Protect your retirement savings from financial fraud… Financial manipulation is subtle and can take place over a number of years, explains…

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What is a Roth 401k Plan?

What is a Roth 401k plan?  The Roth 401k is a 401k only better, at least for a lot of people. The classic 401k is largely the same from employer to employer, although there are some subtle differences. But the Roth option is a game-changer, and an increasing number of employees who have the choice…

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Best Retirement Plans

Saving for retirement is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. Whether you use an IRA, a 401(k), one of the many other options or a combination of several plans, the best retirement plans for you depends on your employment status and how much you’re able to contribute. Best retirement plans Sometimes when we talk about the best…

Retirement planning

Retirement Experts: Lorena Brockman’s 6 Tips to Jump-Start Savings

Lorena Brockman is a blogger for JennsBlahBlahBlog.com and has notable know-how in blogging, finances, retirement, and has been deemed “Greatest Auntie Ever” by many. To learn more about Lorena, visit her company’s blog at JennsBlahBlahBlog.com. Planning for retirement isn’t something people in their 20s, or even their 30s, usually consider. Retirement can often creep up…

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Expert Interview Series: CFP Kimberly Howard on How to Save for Retirement

Certified Financial Planner Kimberly J. Howard is well-known blogger who has written on subjects ranging from 401k’s and mutual funds to debt management and saving for college. She’s also the founder KJH Financial Services in Newton, Mass. and Denver, Col. and enjoys helping clients explore and achieve their life goals through effective comprehensive financial planning….

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Retirement Investing: How to Balance Safety with Adequate Returns

Retirement investing can be risky, but it does not need to be a gamble. This content was originally published on RealDealRetirement by Walter Updegrave, RealDealRetirement @RealDealRetire Ask Real Deal Retirement: I have roughly $1 million saved and hope to retire in about 10 years. I’m nervous about the market, but also worried that moving out of…

how much do you need to retire

How Much Do You Need to Retire? Don’t Guess! Find Out!

How much do you need to retire?  Have you made a guess?  Are you estimating that you’ll need more than you have?  Maybe you have kind of thought it through and come up with a number in your head?  Or perhaps you are just hoping that whatever it is you have will be enough? But…

Obama Retirement Plans

Obama Retirement Plan: White House to Help 30 Million Access Plans

President Obama has a plan that his administration says may help 30 million more Americans gain access to retirement savings plans. The president is expected to outline the Obama retirement plan in his fiscal 2017 budget. Currently, one-third of all working Americans do not have access to a retirement plan through their jobs, according to…

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Retirement Calculator Advice for Self Employed with Irregular Income

Self employment offers surprises everyday.  New challenges and often a different income every month.  As anyone who is self employed with an irregular income knows, retirement financial planning isn’t something that comes easy when you’re just not sure from one month to the next. Today might be a boon, and tomorrow might be a bust….

Robo advisors

Can Robo Advisors Program Wealth into Your Retirement Plan?

Robo advisors might sound futuristic, but they’re really not as new as they sound. Roboadvisors use the same technology that’s been available to human advisors for decades, according to Investor Junkie, but it’s just now coming available to the everyday investor. Learn more about what is a robo advisor in, “Should RoboAdvisors Automate Your Retirement…

Investing in real estate during retirement

Expert Interview Series: Sonia Booker about Investing in Real Estate During Retirement

“With rents going up, there are so many upsides to consider purchasing real estate to live; and in the long run, this purchase will provide a big boost to your retirement portfolio,” explains Sonia Booker. In addition to owning and running her eponymous website, Sonia is an innovative entrepreneur, author and real estate investor. Below,…