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Retirement Watch’s Bob Carlson shares his best strategies for maximizing your IRA’s investments and tax savings.

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Understanding the Rules of IRA Contributions

Contributing to an individual retirement account (IRA) is an action that every account holder should be familiar with and comfortable doing.  While, on the surface, contributing may seem like a simple enough part of managing an IRA, it is actually an incredibly important pillar of the retirement finance sector. As an experienced IRA owner can […]

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Nine Important Things to Know about Contributing to an IRA

Individual retirement accounts (IRAs) offer a great way for an investor to prepare for the future. However, IRAs also can be potentially confusing, while requiring attention from investors who often may prefer to spend minimal time and effort. The following tips are intended to help you and other investors manage an IRA account successfully. What […]

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Avoiding Expensive IRA Mistakes

IRA rules and strategies can be more complicated once the early contribution and accumulation years are behind us. There are various tricks and traps in the IRA rules, and there are strategies for maximizing IRA values that aren’t intuitive. […]

Spotting Overlooked IRA Opportunities

IRAs hold the bulk of most people’s retirement nest eggs. They are vital to successful retirement. Yet, many people leave a lot of IRA money on the table. They don’t realize the many strategies available to increase the after-tax value of IRAs. IRAs are deceptive. They seem simple at first, no more complicated than opening […]

The 6 Biggest Risks to your Retirement

What you don’t know about retirement can hurt you. In fact, just a few wrong decisions in your investments, taxes, or estate planning could completely derail your retirement plans. Worse yet, the rules of the game keep changing, making it harder to keep up with. For these reasons, I’ve assembled all the key points – everything you need to know — into one comprehensive report. Click here for free access.

The Roth IRA Opportunity

Roth IRAs are one of the best tax-advantaged investment vehicles. Right now they are available to only taxpayers with incomes below certain levels. In a couple of years, all investors will be able to take advantage of this opportunity by converting traditional IRAs into Roth IRAs. Those whose incomes make them ineligible for Roth IRAs […]

Little-Known IRA Tax Saver

Many workers own shares of employer stock through 401(k) or other retirement plans. Few of these workers, or even their financial advisers, know the tax break that is available to substantially reduce the tax burden from selling those shares. With a little planning and by following a few steps, workers can substantially reduce the tax […]

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How to Avoid Frequent IRA Mistakes

Mistakes and over-sights by IRA owners prevent their heirs from maximizing the after-tax benefits of the accounts. The source of many problems is the IRA beneficiary form, a document to which most IRA owners devote only a minute or so. This form should be an important element of an estate plan, and some IRA owners […]

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What Heirs Should Know About IRAs

Some of the biggest mistakes with IRAs are made after they pass to the second generation of owners. Heirs routinely lose a large percentage of inherited IRAs to unnecessary taxes. The rules are simple. But they aren’t obvious and most heirs don’t know about them or know to ask about them. If you don’t want […]

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