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2017 Traditional and Roth IRA Contribution Limits

Written by Stephanie Colestock - Leave a Comment

If you’re planning out the rest of this year’s finances, chances are you’re paying attention to the IRA contribution limits for 2017. As a reminder, the limits shown for 2017 are NOT the numbers you will use to file your 2016 taxes in the next couple of months (you’ll want the 2016 numbers for that). […]

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Published on January 23rd, 2017 - Leave a Comment
Filed under: Planning,Retirement,Saving & Investing,Taxes
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Contribute to Your Roth IRA, Even if it Stretches Your Budget

Written by Nickel - 9 Comments

Your 2016 taxes are due in just over three months. That also means that you have just over three months left to make any 2016 IRA contributions that you might have been putting off. But what if you’ve neglected to contribute to an IRA because you’re not sure you can afford it? Maybe the only […]

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Published on January 10th, 2017 - 9 Comments
Filed under: Retirement,Saving & Investing,Taxes
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The Best Places to Invest for Retirement

Written by Nickel - 5 Comments

A reader named KC recently wrote in with a question about investing for retirement: I’m 28 years old with a wife and a six month old baby. We’ve always been money-conscious, but would really like to focus our efforts. We both have Roth IRAs, but are not satisfied with them. They are heavily loaded, and […]

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Published on December 29th, 2016
Modified on December 31st, 2016 - 5 Comments
Filed under: Retirement,Saving & Investing
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The Triple Tax Advantages of a Health Savings Account

Written by Aliyyah Camp - Leave a Comment

With the rising cost of healthcare in the United States, many are looking for ways to save on medical expenses. Employers are continuing to push healthcare costs onto workers, making monthly premiums higher than ever. In addition, high-deductible health insurance plans have become increasingly popular. For these reasons, people turn to health savings accounts for […]

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Published on December 24th, 2016
Modified on December 27th, 2016 - Leave a Comment
Filed under: Insurance,Planning,Retirement
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8 Ways to Save for Retirement in your 40s and 50s

Written by William Cowie - 15 Comments

I told the story elsewhere of how my wife and I woke up in our late 40s to a harsh realization: our investment cupboard was bare. We were not alone, though. In fact, millions of Americans in their 40s or 50s don’t have nearly enough money saved to retire. In a recent GAO survey, 29% […]

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Published on December 21st, 2016 - 15 Comments
Filed under: Retirement,Saving & Investing
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Money worries and woodpeckers

Written by Richard Barrington - 10 Comments

I suppose it is bound to happen if you live in a wooden house in a semi-rural area. Our house has become besieged by woodpeckers. The insistent, get-you-up-out-of-bed nagging of their rapping on the walls reminds me of the inescapable angst of having money worries. The problem is, I know what to do about financial […]

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Published on December 29th, 2015 - 10 Comments
Filed under: Debt Reduction,House & Home,Retirement
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Depending on stock returns to fund your retirement? Think again

Written by Richard Barrington - 12 Comments

How worried should I be? That’s a question financial people get a lot when the market is as unstable as it has been over the past several weeks. Actually, it’s a question we ask ourselves in those environments. Having both asked and answered that question several times recently, let me share some of the answers […]

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Published on October 6th, 2015
Modified on September 24th, 2015 - 12 Comments
Filed under: Economy,Retirement,Saving & Investing
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“Frugal” is not a dirty word

Written by Richard Barrington - 9 Comments

My wife and I were talking recently about a June 5, 2015, New York Times article that described the lifestyle of “Millionaires Who Are Frugal When They Don’t Have to Be.” It got me thinking about the word “frugal.” It will probably never be a sexy concept, but neither does it have to seem like […]

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Published on June 30th, 2015
Modified on June 15th, 2015 - 9 Comments
Filed under: Frugality,House & Home,Planning,Real Estate,Retirement,Travel
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Retirement planning for women: Strategies for a secure retirement

Written by Suba Iyer - 3 Comments

More than two-thirds (68.1 percent) of the elderly poor are women. An October 2012 study by the American Association of University Women found that over the course of a 35-year career, an American woman with a college degree will make about $1.2 million less than a man with the same education. More than 70 percent of nursing […]

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Published on November 17th, 2014
Modified on November 14th, 2014 - 3 Comments
Filed under: Retirement
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In praise of not planning

Written by Richard Barrington - Leave a Comment

It’s a good thing that I am a planner by nature because, dealing with personal finance as I do involves a lot of long-term planning. So it might seem a little odd for me to take this position, but there are times when your finances might be better for not having made a plan — […]

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Published on November 10th, 2014
Modified on November 7th, 2014 - Leave a Comment
Filed under: Planning,Retirement,Saving & Investing,Working
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