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Five Proven Ways to Reduce the Mortgage on your IRA

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 […]

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How to Maximize the Benefits of a Roth IRA Conversion

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. […]

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When To Convert Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA

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 […]

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Does the Bankruptcy Law affect Retirement Accounts?

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, […]

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Are IRAs, 401ks Still Good Ideas?

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 […]

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Roth IRAs For Youngsters

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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Year-End IRA Opportunities And Strategies

The closing of this year brings some important opportunities to IRA owners. Don’t put this issue aside until you have read this article and decided whether you need to take action by Dec. 31. Those of you who converted a regular IRA to a Roth IRA this year have a decision to make. When a […]

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Five Strategies for Underwater Investments

We’ve done better than most investors since the market peak in March 2000, including the most recent market decline. Even so, you still might own some underwater investments, especially in your Core Portfolio. For example, American Century Income & Growth has declined with the general market. These underwater investments can be used productively to minimize […]

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