Category - IRAs

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Your 401k and IRA in 2018
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Showdown in Retirement Planning: “The Wild West” vs. a Uniform Standard of Fiduciary Care
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IRA Basics
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Traditional or Roth IRA?
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Spousal IRAs for Stay at Home Parents

Your 401k and IRA in 2018

Recently, the IRS just announced the contribution limits for 401k plans (including 403b and 457 plans) as well as IRAs. Additionally, the IRS also announced changes to the income phase-outs for traditional IRA deductibility and Roth IRA eligibility.

Let’s start with the 401k plans. For 2018, the IRS increased the contribution limits to $18,500, up $500 from $18,000 last year. The catch-up contribution for those age 50 or over remains unchanged at $6,000. $500 may not seem like much, but think of it this way – you get to give yourself a $500 raise!

For those interested in maxing out …

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Showdown in Retirement Planning: “The Wild West” vs. a Uniform Standard of Fiduciary Care

by Eve Kaplan, Certified Financial Advisor(TM) Practitioner

Without realizing it, your retirement plan (including IRA accounts) might have you firmly planted in “The Wild West.  That’s because you likely are missing a Fiduciary Standard of Care (meaning your interests, as a client, are secondary to the plan provider interests involving making a lot of money). While there are significant improvements to retirement plans in recent years, there still is long way to go. On the plus, 401k and 403b investors now enjoy fee disclosures on quarterly statements, lower costs and the addition of low-cost index funds to defined contribution plans.  …

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IRA Basics

This article is intended only to provide you with the basics of IRAs, to get you started with your education.  These days nearly everyone has an IRA – so it’s important to understand IRA basics.  The following information holds true for both kinds of IRAs:  traditional IRA and Roth IRA plans.

IRA accounts can be held at a variety of institutions: banks and credit unions, brokerages, mutual fund companies and insurance companies.  Essentially, if it is a financial institution, quite likely there is an IRA offering.

Establishing an IRA

Typically, an IRA account is established by filling out an application. …

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Traditional or Roth IRA?

If you’re thinking on starting and contributing to an IRA, you may be wondering which IRA is right for you. Generally, an individual has two IRAs to choose from – the traditional IRA and Roth IRA. This post provides some guidelines and information to help you make your decision. In some cases, based on your income, the decision is already made. In all cases, to contribute to an IRA an individual must have earned income. This is generally W2 wages, Schedule C income, and even alimony received.

Let’s start with the traditional IRA. For 2016, the maximum annual contribution amounts …

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Spousal IRAs for Stay at Home Parents

Many parents make the decision that after their child is born one parent will stay at home to be with the child. Some of the reasons include saving on daycare expenses, and wanting at least one parent to bond and be with the child during those precious first few years of development.

Whatever the reason, the stay at home parent may leave a job and lose access to certain benefits – mainly their employer sponsored retirement savings plan. Although the stay at home parent has lost this benefit, it doesn’t mean that they have to stop saving for retirement.

One …

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