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Retirement

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

So you’re planning for retirement — and feeling unsure about which product is the best vehicle to get you there. These days, few people have access to “defined benefit” plans like the pensions that may have guaranteed your grandparents a certain...

5 Ways to Reduce Financial Stress in Retirement

Planning financially for retirement can seem like an impossible task at first. I can't promise that the following five ways will eliminate 100 percent of your financial stress in retirement or provide you total peace of mind but I've found that...

Feeling Hopeless About the Future? I'm Not and Here's Why

While many report on Americans’ dying optimism for our future, I’m not one of them. I’m ecstatic for the future. Here’s why.

Follow These 3 Rules and Retire Comfortably

When making big financial decisions — a home, a car, college for the kids — you make must take into account how much income you’ll need for retirement. To put it bluntly: Retirement savings comes first, everything else second. There’s no shortage...

Yes, You Can Save and Invest When You Have Student Loans

The path to prosperity has never been easy, but these days you could argue it’s a lot less simple than it used to be. A big factor? Student loans — and lots of them. Today more people are taking on a larger amount of education debt than ever...

Are You Afraid of Running Out of Money in Retirement?

If you’re like most women, the answer is yes. A new survey from Bank of America shows that nearly 60 percent of mass affluent women (women with $50,000 to $250,000 in investable assets) are concerned with the possibility of not having enough to...

How I Paid Off $440,000 in Debt

I’ve just de-boarded a multi-year financial roller coaster from hell.  In 2005, when my career as a creative director and tech writer took off, I was an über consumer, and things were good. Credit, and a lot of it, was available to me with...

Should I Cash Out My 401(k) to Pay Off Debt?

I'm a 33-year-old woman who's been unemployed for the past six months. So far I've been doing okay living on unemployment, but the money I put into my 401(k) is just sitting there. I'm not sure how much longer I will be unemployed, and in another...

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