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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...

My Retirement Repentance 

My name is Jenna, and I threw away SIX GRAND.   Here’s how: I rolled over $4,700 from my old 401k to an IRA—and left it sitting in a money market account.  And it’s been sitting there for three years. Look, IRA rollovers are complicated and...

Three Budget-Happy Summer Outings

In case you want to do more this summer than eat crushed ice in front of a fan, here are some ways to enjoy classic summer outings without scorching your wallet.   Baseball! Even the nosebleed seats at a Major League game can cost $30 a pop—damn...

Personal Finance Videos You’ll Actually Want to Watch

Watching financial services videos isn’t always a top priority. Three minutes on stable value funds. Where’s the vacuum cleaner? So we’re thrilled to report that money videos will never be the same, thanks to a cheeky new series from Charles...

Know Your Biology, Gain Inner Peace

Europe is in an ugly mess and that jobs report the other day made you want to flee to some nice Nordic country that still has jobs and benefits. (Habla Swedish?) We have a better idea.   First, consider: the male response to stress is “fight or...

Three Sites That Teach the Value of a Buck

At some point, your little birdies are going to dive out of the nest and directly into a hurricane of credit offers, career decisions, and spending temptations.   Prevent a financial nosedive by teaching them money must-knows before they...

Coping With the Curveballs

You know what makes me feel like a million bucks? My curveball account. What’s a curveball account—as opposed to an emergency fund, or run-of-the-mill savings? A) It’s for surprise expenses; B) it’s not for emergencies; C) every girl needs...

A Tax-Free Hammock at 65

Imagine you’re about to retire and you’ve got a nice little nest egg saved up. (Way to go!) Obviously, you want to keep as much of your hard-earned cash as possible, while surrendering as little as possible to the IRS upon withdrawal. That’s why...

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