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Five Proven Ways to Reduce the Mortgage on your IRA

April 1, 2006

Most people who are busy accumulating large balances in their IRAs and 401(k)s forget that the IRS holds a mortgage on those accounts. You put pre-tax dollars in the accounts and let income and gains compound tax deferred. But that balance in the IRA is not all yours. The price for those tax breaks is […]


The New Roth 401(k): Who Benefits?

February 1, 2006

Should you start deferring money into a Roth 401(k) account instead of a traditional 401(k) plan? Many of you still do not have access to the Roth 401(k) plans that first became available this year. But a number of you do, and many more will next year as employers add them to their plans. The […]


How to Maximize the Benefits of a Roth IRA Conversion

November 1, 2005

Converting a regular IRA to a Roth IRA can be a shrewd financial move. See September’s visit for details. This month we’re going to discuss how to establish a plan that will multiply the benefits of a conversion. There are two key rules that can be used to develop the most effective Roth conversion plan. […]


IRAs for Grandkids

September 1, 2005

Grandparents can give a big boost to the finances of their grandchildren who earned money from summer jobs. They can help make contributions to a Roth IRA and begin building a tax-free nest egg. A contribution to a Roth IRA can be made by anyone who has earned income and whose adjusted gross income is […]


When To Convert Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA

September 1, 2005

Converting a regular IRA into a Roth IRA has several advantages for seasoned citizens, and it can benefit their heirs. A recent law makes it easier for some seasoned citizens to convert their IRAs. This is a good time of year to consider converting your regular IRA into a Roth IRA. A conversion is allowed […]


Does the Bankruptcy Law affect Retirement Accounts?

June 1, 2005

President Bush signed the new bankruptcy law, which we gave advice notice about in last month’s visit. Here are details of how the final law applies to pensions and IRAs. Retirement funds are exempt from the bankruptcy estate if they are exempt from federal income tax under tax code sections 401, 403, 408, 408A, 414, […]


Are IRAs, 401ks Still Good Ideas?

September 1, 2004

Many aspects of retirement planning changed over the last decade. One piece of conventional wisdom that has endured is to maximize contributions to IRAs and 401(k) plans. I’ve questioned that in the past, and it is time again to question this advice. IRAs and 401(k)s are tax shelters. Changes in the tax law alter the […]


Roth IRAs For Youngsters

January 1, 2003

A Roth IRA is one of the best investment and wealth building vehicles for youngsters. That’s right, for youngsters. Establishing a Roth IRA for your children or grandchildren creates a valuable, low-cost legacy for which the youngsters later will be very grateful. A few thousand dollars now could be worth hundreds of thousands of tax […]

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