6 Key Retirement Planning Assumptions and How to Make Them

Key Retirement Assumptions

Retirement planning can be a confusing mess. It’s hard enough to make financial estimates one year into the future. For retirement, we’re called upon to make assumptions decades into the future. A reader named Eric recently shared his own frustration in this regard. Eric wrote: There are many retirement calculators and rules of thumb online […]

Published or Updated: November 13, 2013

Pros and Cons of Using a 401(k) to Buy a Home

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Recently, a reader asked us about using 401(k) funds to buy a home: “Hello, can you please give your opinion on borrowing from my 401k to purchase a home? The pros and cons? Thanks for your opinion.” Whether you should use your 401(k) to purchase a home depends on a number of factors, but borrowing […]

Published or Updated: November 12, 2013

The Definitive Guide to Social Security Benefits

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If you’re like most Americans, Social Security is a big piece of your retirement plan. And if you’re like most Americans, you don’t know how much Social Security to count on or when to start taking benefits. It’s no surprise that this government-run system is pretty complicated and jargony. But the complication of the Social Security […]

Published or Updated: October 28, 2013

How Social Security Benefits are Calculated

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For most American retirees, Social Security is a huge part of the retirement equation. In fact, a recent New York Times article notes that even retirees with a $1 million nest egg rely heavily on Social Security income during retirement. Even though Social Security is so important, most of us still don’t understand exactly how […]

Published or Updated: July 9, 2013

The Required Minimum Distribution

Key Retirement Assumptions

Photo: Tax Credits All tax-advantaged retirement accounts have rules for something known as the Required Minimum Distribution. Basically, these rules are in place to ensure that you take at least a minimal amount of money in withdrawals from your retirement accounts once you reach a certain age. For many people, the Required Minimum Distribution will […]

Published or Updated: June 18, 2013

60 Second Guide to Making IRA Contributions

The other day I received an email from the IRS about IRA contributions. Believe it or not, the IRS has done a lot over the last few years to provide really helpful information about everything tax related. So I signed up for the emails, and they have been extremely helpful. So today I thought I’d […]

Published or Updated: April 21, 2014

Guide to Borrowing from a 401(k) Account

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Photo: StockMonkeys.com About 50 million working Americans contribute to a 401(k) plan. According to a study cited by Time, one in four will tap their 401(k) or similar retirement plans before retirement. In 2010 about $70 billion was taken from retirement accounts, according to the study. Given that, we thought it would be helpful to […]

Published or Updated: April 10, 2013

How to Maximize your Employer’s 401(k) Match

Free money is free money no matter how you look at it. Can you believe that every year millions of employees miss out on their employer’s 401(k) match? This is the best kind of free money because you don’t have to do much to take advantage. So what do you have to do? Simply be […]

Published or Updated: April 21, 2014

How to Max Out Your Retirement Savings

Max Out Retirement Savings

Max out your retirement savings with these 7 tips Photo: mjzitek I‘ve often wondered if the Apostle Paul was bad with his money. Yes, I’m talking about the guy that wrote most of the New Testament. In his letter to the church in Rome, Paul lamented that the things he wanted to do he doesn’t, […]

Published or Updated: November 24, 2013