Is A Roth IRA Conversion Right For You?

'Tis the season to consider a Roth IRA conversion.

If you own a retirement account that you funded with pre-tax contributions, such as a Traditional IRA or a 401(k), those accounts are growing on a tax-deferred basis. You avoid paying taxes today, but will pay taxes in retirement as you take withdrawals.

Alternatively, what if you could have those savings grow tax-free?

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Why So Emotional? Avoid These 5 Irrational Thoughts About Investing

Investing is emotional, even though it should not be. They impair whatever investment discipline you have, clouding better judgment.

So rather than trying to remove our emotions completely, look to harness them. This starts with acknowledging certain biases you have, many of which you probably deny. Here are 5 emotionally driven biases that can hurt you as an investor:

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How The RMD Laws Could Rock Your 401(k) Or IRA In Retirement

If you are in your 60s and own a 401(k) or IRA account (or both), you need to know about the RMD rules that take effect shortly after you turn 70.

RMD stands for "Required Minimum Distribution". It is the amount you must withdraw from your tax-deferred (or pre-tax) retirement accounts each year once you turn 70 years and 6 months of age (no idea why the IRS uses your half birthday and not age 70 or 71). The RMD rules are government's way of saying you have delayed paying taxes for too long and must begin recognizing your 401(k) and IRA savings as taxable income.

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Your Most Important Job Before Retirement

You plan to retire within 5 years. But can you?

There are over 76 million “baby boomers” in the U.S. - 1 out of every 4 people - born between 1946 and 1964. The Social Security Administration defines retirement as age 67, which means most baby boomers are closing in on retirement. If this is you, you may be asking yourself...

“Have we saved enough?”

Hopefully the answer is yes, but for many boomers the answer is unclear. Consider this your most important job yet.

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