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How to Have the Fee Convo

Last week, we discussed the different types of financial advisers. Today: What should you ask your money pro first? Answer: You need to know what they’re charging you, so you can keep your investing costs low. Here are some common fee structures....

How to Figure Out 401k Fees

Noticed something new in your 401k statements? (Admit it: you're only opening them now, because it's tax season.) You're probably looking at a fee breakdown, the actual cost of your 401k, because plan sponsors are now required to spell out how...

Words You Should Know: Social Security Payroll Tax

Does it feel like your paycheck just got a little smaller? That’s because it did, by 2%. Thank the Social Security payroll tax. The Social Security payroll tax is one of the lines on your pay statement, and it is what it sounds like—a 12.4% tax...

The Money Chore Time Trial

When you put off pesky financial chores, your main excuse is probably, "But it'll take too long."   But if you're going to get your finances in order—for tax season or peace of mind in 2013—you need a realistic idea of how long things take. Hence...

The Best Choice For Your 401K

So, you’ve taken advantage of open enrollment, and set up your 401k account. Or maybe you had one already. The bigger question is:What’s the best investment to start with?Looking at all the investment options can be overwhelming—so overwhelming...

Secure Your 401k, by the Pool

Rebalancing your retirement account is like professionally grooming your brows. It takes minimal time, but keeps your portfolio looking good for months to come. And in this case, you can find financial balance without moving from your poolside...

Planning Karen Klein’s Awesome Retirement

By now you’ve heard about Karen Klein, a 68-year old bus monitor who became an Internet celebrity last week after video surfaced of her being bullied to tears by a group of kids. Someone set up a fundraiser on IndieGoGo, hoping to raise $5,000 to...

Can You Fund a 401k and an IRA?

Here’s a classic retirement question from a reader: I’m in my 30's, and saving about 10% of my salary. Soon I can contribute to my 401k—and they’ll match 100%, up to 5% of my salary. Should I put the whole 10% into my 401k and stop contributing...

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