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IRA vs. 401(k) - What's the Difference?

Thinking of saving money for your golden years? Good thinking. You’re never too young to start stuffing the coffers. Two popular retirement investment vehicles worth considering are the 401(k) and the traditional IRA (or individual retirement...

Act Your Age: A Decade-by-Decade Guide to Saving

Do you have any regrets about how you’ve prepared for your retirement so far? Noooo, not you, right? But maybe you’ve heard from friends that they’d be in better shape if only they had remembered to set up that 401k their 20s…or continued to save...

How Much Do I Need to Retire?

How much money would you need to never have to work again? Helping people like you answer that question is what I spent most of my time figuring out for clients as a financial advisor. With company pensions going the way of the dodo bird and...

Help! I'm Running Out of Money

What do you do when you’re already retired and your savings are dwindling? —Gerri, McKinney, TX You can take some comfort in the fact that you are not alone. Many retirees, and those saving for retirement, suffered a huge blow when the economy...

Explore the Muni-verse

You’ve probably heard of the phrase “tax-free municipal bonds” and wondered what they are, and whether they have a place in your financial plans. If you are tax-sensitive (i.e. looking to keep taxes low), and seeking to preserve assets while...

Can I Lose My 401(k)?

"If I leave my job to freelance or take another job, what should I do with my retirement account? I won't lose the money, will I?" - Jennifer, Brooklyn, NY Before you leave, it’s important to understand the (potentially negative) impact on your...

Plan to Retire Someday? You’ll Want One of These

If “retirement account” translates to you as “no comprendo,” you’re in distinguished company. Celebrated writer E.B. White famously wrote a scathing essay assailing the government for making even basic tax forms impossible to figure out. The...

4 Questions for Your 401k

Ok, you’ve got a 401(k) set up. Needless to say, your plan is only as good as what you do with it. Ideally, you’re contributing the maximum your budget will allow (or at least getting the employer match, if there is one). But you should also pick...

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