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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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Taking IRA Distributions in 2012

February 1, 2012

Every IRA owner needs to consider IRA Distributions and changes in 2012, regardless of your age. The tax law and potential changes require everyone to take a hard look at their situation and consider moves to make in 2012 and beyond. Anyone who was age 70½ or older in 2011 needs to take required minimum […]

Warnings, Changes on Self-Directed IRAs

January 1, 2012

You can own gold, real estate, private companies, hedge funds, and more in your IRA. You won’t hear this from most IRA custodians. They limit your investment choices to mutual funds and publicly-traded stocks and bonds and maybe a few other assets. Their idea of a self-directed IRA is that you can choose from these […]

Year-End Moves for IRA Owners

December 1, 2011

Year-end is a tricky time of year for IRA owners. There are steps many IRA owners should take or at least consider taking by December 31. Make the wrong move and it could cost you money now or spread over the years. Take the time to carefully review your IRA options. IRA owners over age […]

Avoiding Penalties on Your IRA Investments

November 1, 2011

Alternative investments are growing in popularity. These include precious metals, real estate, and small businesses. Owning these through IRAs or other qualified retirement accounts could be a good financial move, or it could lead to trouble. Make this move without the right advice and you could fall into one of the many traps in the […]

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IRA, 401(k) Sponsors Can Offer Investment Advice

October 28, 2011

The Department of Labor issued new regulations last week that allow fiduciaries of 401(k) plans and IRAs to offer investment advice under some circumstances. The law prohibits such advice, but the DOL carved out some exceptions. Fiduciaries may offer advice, beginning Dec. 27, if their compensation doesn’t depend on the investment recommendations or they use […]

Knowing When a Rollover Is for You

September 1, 2011

An important decision needs to be made when you leave an employer. It doesn’t matter if your leaving is due to retirement, taking a new job, or a layoff. You have to decide what to do with any retirement accounts at the employer you’re departing. The right answer varies from person to person. In this […]

The Right Way to Take a Lump Sum

September 1, 2011

Once you decide to roll over an employer plan to an IRA or new employer plan, you work isn’t finished. There are different ways to do the rollover, and you need to be sure it’s done right. One way to roll over an account is to have the plan make out a check to you. […]

Getting Your IRA Beneficiary Right

August 1, 2011

Be sure to review the beneficiary designations of your accounts and keep them updated. If you do nothing else about estate planning, do that. Your IRAs and other accounts go to the beneficiary named in the account forms and the plan documents. Your will, living trust, and other documents don’t cover these accounts. These often […]


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