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Building Up A Better Tax-Free Nest Egg For Retirement

Tired of taxes? Can’t blame you. But sometimes it pays to start thinking ahead about successful strategies we can discuss before year-end to save you on your future tax bill, and help you beef up retirement assets you can access totally tax-free for years to come. What we’re talking about is getting more money into a Roth IRA account for […]

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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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Maxxing Out Your Social Security Benefits

You’ve probably heard us mention that, for most people, Social Security benefits are a very important part of your retirement income. Most people underestimate what those monthly guaranteed payments are actually worth. One recent estimate put the lifetime value of his-and-her benefits, where both members of a couple receive Social Security benefits, at over $900,000. […]

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St. Patrick’s Tip: One Way For Women To Turbo-Charge Their Retirement Income

Last week, I did a talk for a Fort Lauderdale women’s group about how women can control their money rather than letting it control them. I included a totally amazing tip to help women boost their retirement income (so amazing I had to triple-check the numbers myself!). It almost seems too good to be true, […]

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What We Can All Learn From Luke Perry’s Untimely Death

Even if you never watched the 90’s hit show “Beverly Hills 90210,” it’s hard not to be shocked and saddened by the untimely passing of actor Luke Perry, age 52, who died after suffering a massive stroke earlier this week. The unexpected death of a favorite celebrity helps drive home what it means to be truly […]

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Quote Of The Week: When You Need Help Planning Your Retirement

“It’s smart to seek out (and pay for) professional help when you’re confronted with a financial situation you haven’t seen before and truly can’t handle yourself. And if any situation meets that criterion for most people, it’s retirement. Retirement really is a huge life change. You’re in uncharted territory, and it’s OK to admit you […]

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In Your 20s? 30s? 40s? 50s? Here’s How To Retire A Millionaire

Want to live a stress-free life with $1 million or more in the bank? It’s certainly possible. We spoke with financial reporter Hillary Hoffower of Business Insider to share what to do right, and what not to do wrong, at every decade of your life, so you can stay on the fast track to banking […]

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Take A Deep Breath. Market Pullbacks Are Normal.

Last week’s sudden market decline probably took more than a few investors by surprise. So perhaps this is a good time to remind everyone that market pullbacks are normal occurrences, taking place about once per year on average. (See our previous article Don’t Turn Market’s Temporary Pullbacks Into Permanent Losses.) It’s hard not to react emotionally […]

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Small Business Owners: Act Fast To Open “SIMPLE” Retirement Plans

If you are a small business owner with no retirement plan in place, you have until October 1 to cut your tax bill and play retirement catch-up by setting up a SIMPLE-IRA retirement savings account for 2018. Opening a plan by the deadline will let you contribute and deduct a full year’s retirement contribution for 2018. […]

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More Money In Your Pocket: Are People Overestimating Health Care Costs in Retirement?

Here’s what may be some positive news about retirement. Several studies have estimated health care costs in retirement at $5,000 or more per year, per person. For 16 years, Fidelity Investments has surveyed retirees to get a good estimate of their health care costs. Their research has found that a typical 65-year old couple retiring this year […]

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