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Rollover Details You Need

When you leave a job, should your 401(k) account go with you? Many financial planners say yes. How come? You can move your 401(k) to an IRA at the brokerage firm or fund family of your choice, presumably giving you more (or better) investment...

Should You Borrow Your Own Money?

Does this stat surprise you: Nearly 28% of 401(k) users currently have outstanding loans, according to a recent survey by employee-benefits consultant Aon Hewitt. That’s up from about 22% in 2005.Yes, we get that times are tough and that a 401(k)...

Think Long-Term Care Now, for Later

When I announced that I would use my "Money Day Off," earlier this summer, to tackle my long-term care insurance policy (finally), many of you expressed an interest in LTC. As a former financial advisor—and someone who has seen long-term care...

A Simple Attack Plan for Retirement

When I started working with Julie for the Money Fix, she was great with budgeting and saving—but investing overwhelmed her. So I drew up a simple action plan. Research investment options. Julie has a military service background, which means she...

3 Must-Dos to Keep Your Money Safe

Everyone is telling you to “sit tight” regarding your retirement investments. But financial planner Galia Gichon, founder of Down-to-Earth Finance, says there are three things you should do to ease fears and feel more in control of your money:   ...

How Fees Eat Up to 17% of Your 401(k)

About 70% of people with 401k plans have no idea that they are paying a small fortune in hidden fees, a survey this year by AARP found. That’s changing now, as new federal rules are requiring that plan providers—like Schwab, Fidelity, Vanguard,...

Tips for Picking a Financial Adviser

Women need to get the max from their money to cover longer lifespans and the occasional career hiatus. "But I don't have that kind of money!" you might say. These days, getting the help of a pro doesn't have to cost much. Investing in one hour...

Why is Rolling Over My 401k So Doggone Tough?

I’ve been meaning to roll over my 401k ever since I left my job in 2008. Like many financial chores, it seemed like a pain—even though every personal finance expert makes it sound like rollovers are a snap. News flash: They’re wrong. First, the...

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