Roth IRA Facts

March 15th, 2010 by Ricky 1 comment »

A Roth Individual Retirement Account is a unique type of savings plan that will help you set aside adequate amount of money for retirement that you would otherwise recompense in taxes. There are several factors that you should familiarize yourself with prior to housing your money in a Roth account. Keep in mind that this account is not available to all soon-to-be retirees and they are supervised under strict rules and regulations.

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Retirement Income Planning

February 13th, 2010 by Carol No comments »

If you are like the majority of Americans, you have not thought about retirement savings. Even if you are in your 40s, studies show that you don’t want to think about retirement income planning. It is the rare 30 or 40 year old who is serious about funding the future. Over 75% of Americans who have a 401k plan available to them, do put money into it. They fund it, however, with only 6.5% of their wages. That is simply not enough.

Retirement planning, or any financial planning, is not something that we have been encouraged to talk about or think about. Luckily that cultural stance is beginning to shift as the Baby Boomers start to retire. Well over 50% of them are not financially secure. They are now beginning to get serious about 401k plans, IRAs and Roth IRAs. They qualify for the “catch up” provision within the 401k code, because they are over age 50 (well, there are a few Boomers still under age 50) which means they can pile an additional $5,500 on top of the $16,500 allowed yearly.

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401k Rollover to an IRA

February 5th, 2010 by Carol 2 comments »

In the last 18 months many Americans have been faced with job loss. The economy is so slow that finding work is not easy. For those people a 401k rollover to an IRA was and is the only good option for their retirement account. When you leave a company, you have the option to roll your account into a new 401k at a new company, put it in an IRA or Roth IRA or leave it where it is. For so many people the second option is not only the best option; it’s the only option.

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How Much Can You Afford To Futures Trade In Balance With Your Roth or Standard IRA?

February 3rd, 2010 by The Wallet Doctor No comments »

Highlights from This Post

  • Most beginning traders fail and why you won’t.
  • Organize your family finances to trade successfully.
  • Why you’re your own worst enemy and how to get out of the way of yourself.

I was drinking beer one day with a very prominent teacher in the futures industry.  We had been talking for a while when an odd look came over his face.

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Roth IRA Rules- Know Before You Invest

January 13th, 2010 by David No comments »

Understanding the rules is the key to making any investment a good investment. Roth IRA rules are fairly simple, which is what makes the investment a popular one. However, you should still make sure that you understand them fully before you get in over your head with retirement accounts. Here are the main rules and guidelines that you need to know about with this specific type of investment:

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IRA Withdrawal- Getting Your Money Out

January 8th, 2010 by David No comments »

Non-Roth IRA withdrawal rules are very strict. You need to make sure that you completely understand the rules so that you don’t wind up losing money on your investment. For example, anyone who has reached the majority age of 70 ½ has to take out a minimum withdrawal from their IRA account or face severe penalties. If you are going to be turning age 70 ½ soon, you need to understand the rules and guidelines for your minimum distributions so that you don’t get penalized for not taking out enough money. Here are some basic rules and tips to keep in mind:

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IRA Distribution- Where is Your Money Going?

January 1st, 2010 by David No comments »

There are two main types of IRA accounts: Roth IRAs and Traditional IRAs. IRA stands for Individual Retirement Account, in case you were wondering. In order to understand your rules and penalties regarding IRA distribution, you have to know which type of account you have, as well as which rules it follows for distributing funds. Here are some tips to help:

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IRA Contribution Limits- What You Should Know

December 25th, 2009 by David 1 comment »

When it comes to investing, there are many different rules and guidelines that you have to learn, understand, and follow. One of these guidelines comes in the form of IRA contribution limits. If you have an individual retirement account, you are limited to how much money you can put into it every single year. Therefore, if you want to invest a lot, you will need to have multiple investment accounts or choose different types of investments to make.

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401K vs. IRA- Understanding Investments

December 20th, 2009 by David 1 comment »

Retirement saving is almost automatic and detached for most people. They do what they have to do, whether it be signing up for their company 401K or getting their own IRA account if they are not eligible for workplace benefits, and leave it at that. They don’t do research, don’t consider the options, and don’t put enough thought into the issues that they are facing at all. Why not? Well, like many things in life, sometimes it is just easier not to think about investments and retirement accounts.

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IRA Distribution – Choosing Your Investment Strategy

December 13th, 2009 by David No comments »

IRA distribution is a serious topic that many people have confusion with. It’s not surprising, and since there are so many different things that you have to know that you NEED to make sure that you get the facts. You could ask five different people about rules, penalties, and other details of distributions and they might give you 10 different answers. Making the wrong move could cost you a lot more than you think, so make sure that you are fully prepared. There are different types of IRA accounts, and each has its own rules. Here are some things to remember.

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