DR 108: Should You Pay Off Your Mortgage or Invest for Retirement?

Pay Off Mortgage or invest

Imagine you’ve just inherited some money. The amount just happens to match the outstanding balance on your mortgage. Now you have a decision. Do you pay off the mortgage or invest the money for retirement. That’s the question facing a podcast listener named Shelly. Here is her email to me: Great job on your podcasts. […]

Published or Updated: September 23, 2014

DR 105: The 5-Year Roth IRA Rule for Contributions (breaking the rule is costly)

5 year Roth IRA Rule

The Roth IRA was established by the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 and named after its chief legislative sponsor, Senator William Roth of Delaware. The Roth IRA enables individuals with earned income to contribute after-tax (nondeductible) money to the retirement account. If the rules are followed, the money grows tax free. Unlike a traditional IRA, […]

Published or Updated: September 9, 2014

DR 103: The Small Business 401k–Interview with CEO Chad Parks of The Online 401(k)

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If you’re a small business owner – whether you have employees or not – the thought of setting up a retirement plan can be overwhelming. 401ks and even SEP-IRAs are swimming in rules and regulations. What business owner really has enough hours in the day to deal with it? For that reason, I asked Chad […]

Published or Updated: September 5, 2014

DR 102: 4 Times Recharacterizing an IRA Conversion or Contribution Can Save Your Bacon (Literally)

IRA Recharacterization

One of the best retirement savings tools is often overlooked. The tool can save you thousands of dollars in taxes and sleepless nights if you made a mistake with your IRA. And yet according to a 2010 study by Fidelity less than one-third of investors are aware of this tool. I’m referring to what’s called […]

Published or Updated: September 3, 2014

DR 101: Should You Use an HSA for Retirement Savings

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Should you use a Health Savings Account (HSA) to save for retirement? That’s the question a listener to the Dough Roller Money Podcast asked recently. Here’s Mike’s email: Hi Rob, I have a question about my HSA at work. I have about $14,000 in it. I have not used it at all in the past […]

Published or Updated: August 28, 2014

DR 093: 401(k)s vs. IRAs: What are the Pros and Cons?

401k vs IRA Retirement Accounts

In the world of tax-advantaged retirement savings accounts, there are plenty of options. But the two most commonly-used options are the 401(k) and the IRA. Both come in traditional (save taxes on contributions) and Roth (save taxes on withdrawals) options. While there are many similarities between a 401k and an IRA, there are also some […]

Published or Updated: July 25, 2014

DR 092: How One Doctor is Learning to Invest Like a Pro

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It all started with a simple question about dividends and mutual fund fees. A listener to the podcast named Stephanie wanted to know if a fund’s returns were after fees and dividends. (They are.) After I learned more about Stephanie’s finances and career through several email exchanges, I popped the question. No, not that question. […]

Published or Updated: December 4, 2014

DR 091: Don’t Make the Same $100,000 Retirement Mistake I Just Made

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If you have self-employed income in addition to your regular job, can you contribute to a SEP IRA even if you have a 401k at work? This question hit home for me a few years ago due to the income generated from this website. To get right to the point, the answer to the question […]

Published or Updated: November 3, 2014

DR 090: Roth vs. Traditional IRA or 401k: The Math Behind This Important Decision

It’s without a doubt the most frequent question I receive from readers of this blog. People want to know whether they should put their retirement savings in a Roth vs traditional IRA or 401k. I’ve written a lot about these retirement options. If you are new to retirement accounts, I’d suggest you start by reading […]

Published or Updated: July 24, 2014