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Individual Retirement Accounts - IRAs

Strategies for maximizing your Individual Retirement Account (IRA’s) Investments, Tax Savings and Timing of Required Minimum Distributions

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Understanding the Rules of IRA Contributions

September 2, 2016

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 IRAs

August 4, 2016

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

April 3, 2016

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

June 1, 2015

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 […]

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IRA: Key Questions and Answers

December 1, 2008

The financial crisis continues to have secondary effects few people anticipated. Decisions are required, especially with regard to IRAs. Let’s take a look at the IRA: key questions and answers. Is there relief for IRA owners over age 70½ who have not yet taken their required minimum distributions for the year? IRA owners must take […]

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How Heirs Can Secure the Stretch IRA

September 1, 2008

Estate plans often go awry simply because beneficiaries were not aware of the actions they needed to take or that the estate owner wanted taken to fully implement the plan. IRAs are the assets beneficiaries are mostly like to handle poorly. In a recent IRS ruling, an IRA beneficiary avoided a tax disaster, but she […]

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Dos and Don’ts of IRA Investing

August 1, 2008

Many people own substantial IRAs and do a lot of their investing through IRAs. These investors might not realize some investments are prohibited from IRAs and others are allowed but incur tax penalties. This issue is more important in today’s climate, because “hard assets” and other nontraditional assets-those that are doing well today-are primarily those […]

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When Should You Reverse an IRA Conversion

July 1, 2008

IRA owners who convert their traditional IRAs to Roth IRAs during the year need to continue monitoring their accounts. It might be advantageous to reverse an IRA conversion. Reversing an IRA conversion, known as a recharacterization, can be done any time before the due date for the tax return for the year of the conversion, […]

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