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

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Reviewing Little-Known IRA Traps

September 1, 2013

IRAs seem to be simple things when we open them and begin annual contributions. Over time, as we move from the accumulation years, trickier rules kick in. This is where many people inadvertently lose portions of their nest eggs to taxes and penalties. Others simply miss opportunities they didn’t know were available. Here’s a review […]

Turning RMD Pain into Gain

August 1, 2013

A fiscal pain for many retired Americans are required minimum distributions from traditional IRAs and other qualified retirement plans. Calculating the distributions and withdrawing the money are chores. People worry about making a mistake that will trigger the 50% penalty. The problems are likely to get worse in coming years as Congress grabs for more […]

Exiting 401(k)s: Facts and Scandal

July 1, 2013

The IRA and 401(k) industries were upended recently by a report from the Government Accountability Office. Investigators concluded that the process often is a mess when individuals are leaving an employer and need to decide how to handle their 401(k) accounts. The 401(k) rollover process is inefficient, and financial services firms that administer plans use […]

Holding Employer Stocks in 401(k)s

June 1, 2013

Employees who own company stock or other securities in their retirement plans should review their options. The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 might have changed which is the best strategy for distributing the stock from the account. Many workers own shares of employer stock or other securities through 401(k) or other retirement plans. Few […]


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Roth IRAs and the New Tax Law

May 1, 2013

Tax planning is less of a guessing game these days with the tax law settled, at least until Congress decides to push some kind of tax reform. In the wake of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, we need to revise and rethink some strategies about Roth IRAs, especially about converting traditional IRAs to […]

Using the Overlooked Roth Opportunity

March 1, 2013

Roth IRAs are one of the most powerful retirement planning tools available. Most people, however, aren’t taking full advantage of the opportunity. Converting traditional IRAs to Roth IRAs is only the tip of the iceberg. We’ve devoted a lot of attention to the conversion decision since 2009, and those discussions are available in the Archive […]

Using a 401(k) Plan’s Investment Window

March 1, 2013

One of the most frequent questions I receive is: How can I implement your in-vestment recommendations through my 401(k) plan? A related question is whether a reader should keep assets at the 401(k) plan when leaving an employer or roll over the assets to an IRA. The sad fact is that most 401(k) plans aren’t […]

Avoiding Major IRA Beneficiary Mistakes

January 1, 2013

Most IRA owners plan for their loved ones to benefit from at least part of their IRAs. Many of them would be disappointed if they knew what would happen to their IRAs and how easy it would have been to avoid the problems with simple, low-cost actions. Reviewing your beneficiary designations is an important part […]


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