Category - IRAs

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Spousal IRAs for Stay at Home Parents
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De-stress Your Investing
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Tax Alpha: How to save on taxes with multi-year tax planning
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Should Retirees Put an Annuity Inside of an IRA?
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Retirement Account Rollover Options

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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De-stress Your Investing

Over your working career is possible you’ll accumulate multiple retirement accounts if you switch jobs frequently and there’s also the possibility that you’ll have multiple IRAs depending on if you’ve moved switched advisers, or wanted to give a fledgling adviser their first sale.

Eventually, annual statements start pouring in from all of these accounts and it can be difficult and stressful to keep track of all of the accounts and where your money is being held. For example, you may have to 401(k) plans from two previous employers in addition to the plan you have with your current employer. You …

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Tax Alpha: How to save on taxes with multi-year tax planning

Eric’s Note: Be sure to read part two for additional tax planning ideas
Originally published at www.mcclainlovejoy.com: http://wp.me/p31Bd2-zb

Alpha refers to the extra return that an active investment manager adds beyond what you’d normally receive by using prudent asset class investments, re-balancing periodically, and staying globally diversified. In other words, it’s the possible extra return (or loss…) that’s achievable when you reach beyond prudent investing. As you’ve probably guessed, we advocate an evidenced based, prudent approach to money management.

However, we do think that strategic tax planning can produce “Tax-Alpha” for a portfolio. By keeping more of your money out

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Should Retirees Put an Annuity Inside of an IRA?

 

In previous decades fee-only financial planners and journalists liked to criticize advisors who recommended putting an annuity in an IRA. However, there may be some good reasons. In California the state taxes the purchase of an annuity at 2.5% when purchased in a taxable account versus 0.5% if held in an IRA. Since annuity income is ordinary income when paid out then there is no tax opportunity cost to have it held in an IRA. (What I mean that if an asset produced tax advantaged income such as a long term capital gain then that asset should not be …

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Retirement Account Rollover Options

Where can my retirement account go when I retire or change jobs? For the most part, when you retire or otherwise end your employment you may direct transfer or direct rollover your retirement account(s) to a new IRA account established at a qualified custodian. Here are some special situations that come up where you may separate accounts to receive the transfer.

Simple IRA

Small businesses can establish a SIMPLE IRA retirement plan. It’s similar to a 401k with but with much simpler and therefore less costly record-keeping and administrative requirements. In the SIMPLE plan you have your own individual account. …

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