Retirement Income

What are required minimum distributions (RMDs)?

Traditional IRAs and employer retirement plans such as 401(k)s and 403(b)s offer several tax advantages, including the ability to defer income taxes on both contributions and earnings until they're distributed from the plan.

Six Common 401(k) Plan Misconceptions

Do you really know as much as you think you do about your 401(k) plan? Let's find out.

1. If I leave my job, my entire 401(k) account is mine to keep.

How to Choose the Right Investments

When you have excess cash flow and assets to invest, you can choose from a vast number of different types of investments, which can be a daunting task due to their sheer number and, in many cases, their complexity.  In addition to understanding how different investments work, it is essential for investors to know if they are suitable for their particular needs and risk tolerance.

What is asset allocation?

Each type of investment has specific strengths and weaknesses that enable it to play a specific role in your overall investing strategy. Some investments may offer growth potential. Others may provide regular income or relative safety, or simply serve as a temporary place to park your money. And some investments may even serve to fill more than one role.

Saving Money Versus Paying Off Debt

Investors Beware: The Media Noise can be Deafening

Most people would argue that living in a digital world, with instant access to an endless stream of information has made us smarter and more self-empowered than past generations. Investors believe that it has “leveled the playing field”, enabling them to make investment decisions based on the same information once only available to the investment pros.

What is the Roth IRA five-year rule?

Actually, there are two five-year rules you need to know about. The first five-year rule determines when you can begin receiving tax-free qualified distributions from your Roth IRA. Withdrawals from your Roth IRA--including both your contributions and any investment earnings--are completely tax and penalty free if you satisfy a five-year holding period and one of the following also applies:

The Keys to Building Wealth

Five Steps to Tame Financial Stress

Do you sometimes lie awake at night thinking about bills that need to be paid? Does it feel as though you're drowning in debt? If this describes you, you might take solace in the fact that you're not alone.

Age-Based Tips for Making the Most of Your Retirement Savings Plan

No matter what your age, your work-based retirement savings plan can be a key component of your overall financial strategy. Following are some age-based points to consider when determining how to put your plan to work for you.

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