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Should I Cash Out My Retirement Account to Pay Off Debt?

It’s hard to get ahead when thousands of dollars in debt is diverting your money and attention from investing and building wealth. That leaves many borrowers wondering if they should raid their retirement accounts. But that can come with a lot of downsides — and there are better alternatives.
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Retirement Savings Contribution Credit – Get a Tax Credit Just for...

There are significant tax benefits to low- and moderate-income families who save for retirement. The Retirement Savings Contributions Credit ("Saver’s Credit") could help you reduce your tax liability. A reward for building your financial security? That’s what we call a win-win.
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Why Your Taxes Could Go Up in Retirement and How to...

Many people believe retirement means lower taxes. But just because you’re no longer earning a paycheck doesn’t mean the taxman's out of your life forever. And with major economic and demographic challenges on the horizon, it’s time to start laying the groundwork now for lower taxes in retirement.
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FIRE Movement: Can I Achieve Financial Independence & Retire Early?

Who says you have to work until you're 65? By merely questioning that one assumption, you crack open the door to new possibilities. The question...
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What Is a 401(k) Plan and How Does It Work? –...

Study after study shows that Americans aren't saving enough for retirement. News articles about this problem usually conclude by urging workers to step up their...
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Military Retirement Pay & Pension Benefits (Explained)

Until recently, only career military personnel qualified for pensions. But everything changed in 2018. Thanks to the new blended retirement system, most service members qualify for some kind of benefit. But how does the new system work, and how does it affect lifers? Find out here.
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IRA vs. 401(k) Differences – Which Retirement Plan Is Better?

When you're young, it feels like retirement is so far away. And there are competing priorities for your money, like vacations, saving for a house,...
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Why You Need a Taxable Brokerage Account in Addition to an...

Using a 401(k) or IRA is one of the best ways to save, but these accounts aren't sufficient for all of your investing needs. While they're...
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Taxes on Retirement Accounts – IRA & 401(k) Distributions & Withdrawals

When your retirement accounts are growing, it's great to see the numbers climb. But when you retire and start withdrawing money from your IRA and...
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How the SECURE Act Affects Your Retirement & Estate Planning

In late December 2019, President Donald Trump signed into law the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act (SECURE Act). Many of the changes...
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Living in an Independent Senior Living Community During Retirement

Once upon a time, retirement homes were synonymous with nursing homes - places people went when they were no longer able to care for...
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What Is a Roth 401(k) – Retirement Plan Rules & Limits

For years, the traditional 401(k) plan has been the most popular workplace retirement account. However, there's a new alternative that's been growing steadily in the...