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Could An Annuity Belong In Your 401(k) Or IRA? Proceed Carefully

Annuities are complicated financial products that can be overhyped and oversold by commission-hungry sales reps. And until recently, young people had no reason to ever consider annuities. But a new law that allows you to invest in annuities as part … [Read more...]

How Much Should Be In Your 401(k) At 30?

What should your contribute to your 401(k)? How much should you have invested for retirement at 30, 40, 50, etc? These are good questions. Here, I try to answer them, but I should warn you: Personal finance is PERSONAL! The more you can c … [Read more...]

23 Things Beginners Absolutely Must Know About Saving For Retirement

If you're reading this, good for you. It means that you're at least willing to admit that you should get around to doing something about saving for retirement. Ugh. I know. There's nothing fun about this. Saving hurts, for one. And retirement … [Read more...]

401k Asset Allocation: Two Methods for Headache-Free Diversification

Want to do one thing to ensure the money you’re saving today in your 401k or IRA will be around tomorrow? Diversify. Too many Americans have watched their retirement dreams disappear because they invested solely in the company stock of their e … [Read more...]

Where To Invest: 401k, IRA Or Both?

Decoding retirement savings is as thrilling as an all-day cram session for a standardized test. I get that. But just like that grad school exam, your future depends on it. A few weeks ago, I sent my focus group a quick survey on 401k plans. I … [Read more...]

Should I Invest in my Employer’s Stock?

Some employers allow employees to purchase company stock either through a 401(k) plan or stock options. These incentives are provided as employee benefits that can be used for retirement or as a bonus. Over time, your employer's stock can add up … [Read more...]

Should I Contribute More to My 401k?

One of the most common questions we get asked by budding investors is how much they should contribute to their 401k plan; more specifically, should they be contributing more? For most, the 401k is going to be a first introduction into retirement … [Read more...]

Six Financial Tips for 20-somethings From Financial Planner Cliff Caplan

It's tempting to think that journalists who write about money for a living have all the answers. (Ugh. You should see my checkbook.) By way of analogy, I'd like to suggest a different way of thinking. We all know Steven Spielberg ranks as one of … [Read more...]

The Five (And Only Five) Times it Might be OK to Tap a Retirement Account

Back in November, I spotlighted a letter from a reader who agonized over a debt dilemma that involved his retirement savings. "Nick from Michigan" wanted to tap his 401(k) to pay off $12,000 in credit card debt, but couldn't pull the trigger. I … [Read more...]

Can I Cash Out My Old 401(k) And Take The Cash?

It's a basic but all-too common question posed on financial blogs like this one: "I just left my job. I have like $1,000 sitting in my old 401(k) and I'm short on cash. Can I just cash out the 401(k)?" About cashing out old 401(k)s Technically, … [Read more...]