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Hidden Pitfalls of IRAs and 401(k)s – Part 2

This is the second post of two on the Hidden Pitfalls of IRAs and 401(k)s. In our last post here, we discussed the penalties associated with withdrawing money early from either IRA’s or 401(k)’s. In this second post on this subject, we'll talk about another aspect of these plans that creates problems. The rules-based conditions...
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Retirement Nest

Hidden Pitfalls of IRAs and 401(k)s – Part 1

This is the first post of two on the Hidden Pitfalls of IRAs and 401(k)s. We hear a lot about them. In the world of retirement savings, the terms IRA and 401(k) are almost synonymous with the word retirement itself. According to ICI.org, as of the end of 2018 such accounts held over $16 trillion...
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Annuities: Fact and Fiction

Putting together a successful retirement strategy that takes into consideration investments, taxes, income needs (including social security), medical/healthcare needs and estate planning is like fitting together the pieces of an intricate puzzle. The one major difference in this metaphor is when it comes to your retirement puzzle, some of the puzzle pieces are constantly changing!...
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Retirement Savings

Are You Saving Enough for Retirement? Probably Not!

There is a significant retirement savings gap going on in America. Where do you stand regarding retirement savings? According to this survey by the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, the median retirement savings by age in the U.S. is: Americans in their 20s: $16,000 Americans in their 30s: $45,000 Americans in their 40s: $63,000 Americans in...
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Own cryptocurrency? The IRS has some advice for you!

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service last Friday announced what may come as a surprise to thousands of taxpayers who own cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin but who failed to report transactions. If this is you, according to Uncle Sam, you may owe taxes. Taxpayers who do not accurately report income specifics of virtual currency transactions might be...
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Retirement Planning Mistakes – Part 2

This is the second in a four-part series of articles on Common Retirement Planning Mistakes.  In our previous post in this four-part series on retirement planning, we talked about the common misconception only wealthy individuals need to engage the services of a retirement planning professional and how not doing so could be a very costly...
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“The Secure Act” – Is Congress Coming for Your IRA?

An Opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal the other day detailed "The Secure Act", a new law being considered in Congress, that has tremendous implications for any person's retirement plans. We thought you all might find interesting and informative and you can find the original article here (paid Wall Street Journal account required to...
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Common Retirement Planning Mistakes – Part 1: Only the Wealthy Need a Plan

This is the first of a four-part series of articles on Common Retirement Planning Mistakes.  Preparing for retirement these days presents a number of complex challenges. There are five primary factors that need to be taken into consideration when developing and managing your retirement strategy: Taxes Healthcare (insurance) Estate (legacy) Investment Income. Each of these...
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