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401(k) Secrets You Need To Know

There’s a dirty little secret about 401(k), 457, 403(b) and other retirement plans you may not know. They don’t have to offer you all the tax-saving provisions allowed under law. These include perks like stretch distributions, plan loans, rollovers into and out of the plan, “still working” exceptions and in-service distributions. You may not always […]

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Did Your 401(k) Take A Beating In 2018?

Across America, many workers got an unpleasant surprise as they opened their December 401(k) statements. Instead of going up, their investments took a dive. Even those who invested in fairly conservative 2025 target date funds, designed for workers nearing retirement, found their accounts looked battered after December’s bruising market shakedown. “Stocks and bonds, both domestic and […]

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Time To Increase Your 401(k) Contributions!

It’s the New Year! If you’re working, don’t forget to increase your 401(k) contributions to reflect 2019’s higher limits. You can now contribute $19,000 per year to your 401(k) if under age 50, and $25,000 per year if 50 or over by the end of 2019. Plus, you can add about $10/week extra to your Traditional […]

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Growing Your 401(k) Faster

Want to make your 401(k) grow faster? Here’s a simple tip. Each time you get a raise, bump up your retirement contributions by 1 to 2 percent of salary, until you reach your target savings rate of 10 to 15% of gross income per year. If you’re already maxxing your 401(k), stuff extra savings into […]

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Why Don’t Women Save As Much As Men?

Why don’t women save as much as men? A recent study conducted by two researchers at the University of Wisconsin tried to answer that question. They interviewed state government employees to discover why women working for the state of Wisconsin have lower amounts saved in their retirement plans than men. In fact, women have only 70¢ in their […]

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Higher 401(k), IRA Contribution Limits in 2013

You can put more money in your IRA and 401(k) accounts next year and get bigger tax deductions. Before year-end, make sure to change your payroll deduction instructions for 2013 to take advantage of the higher limits. For 2013, the IRS just announced higher contribution limits for a range of retirement plans and gifts. Traditional IRA […]

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5-Minute Fix: Getting Free Money From Your 401(k)

No time to spare?  Don’t worry.  The “5-Minute Fix” shows you how to have a big impact in your financial life with just a little time. If you are not putting enough money in your 401(k) to get the maximum employer match, you are absolutely leaving free money on the table. 29% of all workers do not contribute […]

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