4 Benefits of Using a Retirement Calculator

Personal Finance

If you have not already started planning for your retirement you should start today. While everyone looks forward to their golden years a lot of people are afraid of retirement or have no idea what kind of retirement savings it will take to make for an enjoyable retirement. One of the great tools available to […]

What Kind of IRA Rates Are You Getting?

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I should do a post of the most commonly asked questions I get when talking about personal finance with folks. How much interest is your IRA paying would probably rank in the top five for sure! Or you could phrase it this way – what are your IRA rates these days?  Or even, What’s the best […]

Will You Have Enough Retirement Savings?

Personal Finance

Have you noticed the vast number of websites and magazines talk about the outrageous amounts of retirement savings you’ll need in order to retire in the lifestyle you want? They make saving for retirement  such a lofty goal that it’s less than motivating! Saving millions of dollars when some of us are barely getting by seems like a […]

4 Factors to Consider Before Doing a Roth IRA Conversion


So we are about halfway through 2010!  Hard to believe isn’t it? Although some of the buzz has seemingly died down about the year of the Roth IRA Conversion, there is still some controversy regarding whether folks should convert their Traditional IRAs to a Roth. For those of you wondering what exactly is a Roth IRA,  Well, here are the […]

What Should You Do With Your 401k Plan When You Leave Your Job?


“Mr. Jones, we appreciate your work for us, but unfortunately there’s just not enough room in our budget for you. Here’s a packet of information regarding your retirement account.  Please look this over and have a decision made about your 401k plan by the 31st.” Ever hear these words? Maybe your company didn’t sound as nice, […]

Are You Properly Dealing With These 5 Risks to Your Retirement Savings?

Personal Finance

Risk is defined as the probability of loss or injury. It generally weighs the downside potential of a particular investment or opportunity. In regards to your retirement savings, there are several risks to consider. Let’s take a look at five risks that could jeopardize your retirement savings: Investment Risk Most folks have their retirement savings […]

What You Need to Know About Roth IRA Conversions


By now you’ve all heard of the opportunity for Roth IRA conversions right? Ok, but maybe you are unsure what a Roth IRA conversion is all about. Let’s dispel any myths about this and take a look at exactly what’s going on for this year for Roth IRA conversions. This post will be more of a lesson in what’s […]

IRA Withdrawal Rules – When Can You Withdraw Your IRA?

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For some reason I get this question a lot, so I thought I’d provide a little clarification on IRA withdrawal rules. Individual Retirement Arrangements or IRAs were designed to provide an opportunity for folks to save for retirement on a pre-tax, tax-deferred basis.  In other words, the money grows without having to pay any taxes on […]

5 Things Every Baby Boomer Must Know About Retirement Savings

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According to Wikipedia, Baby Boomers are those who are born between 1946-1964 – meaning they range in age from 46-64 years of age. Retirement is certainly on their minds and they are concerned about how much they need for retirement savings. As baby boomers approach the magical age, there are some pretty important things to […]

Should You Open a Roth IRA?

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Tax Season is upon us and this time of year usually gets people thinking about funding IRA contributions for last year, which usually leads to a question of – which type of IRA is right for me? Today we’re going to briefly talk about Roth IRAs.  There’s been a lot of talk about Roth IRAs […]

This Week in Personal Finance – February 26, 2010

Personal Finance

So we’re taking a break from our 10 day journey to save $10,000 to have a look at some interesting items from around the web. If you missed the initial post on the 10 Money-Saving Tips to Help You Stash $10,000, I highly encourage you check that out and join us as we resume next […]