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Illustration by Eva Bee As the stock market tanked, rebounded sharply, and then settled into a pattern of volatility, the vulnerability of Americans’ retirement savings has been laid bare. Many investors who dumped stocks during the March market meltdown are still sitting on the sidelines with diminished portfolios. Low yields, meanwhile, make it impossible to…

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Personal Finance Insider writes about products, strategies, and tips to help you make smart decisions with your money. We may receive a small commission from our partners, like American Express, but our reporting and recommendations are always independent and objective. The federal tax deadline is July 15, which means there’s more time to contribute retirement savings to…

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Positive steps we can all take to protect our financial wellness during this season of uncertainty  GETTY As the global coronavirus pandemic continues to unfold, there are some non-investing matters we should consider in order to protect our families and financial well-being. Here are ten ideas to think about: Durable and Heath Care Powers of…

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Many people are sold a variable annuity with the understanding they will receive a lifetime income stream, which sounds like a good idea when planning for retirement. The truth is there usually is a big price to pay when it comes to variable annuities. The biggest drawbacks include the fees and the potential to lose value…

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You might not own all of the money in your 401(k)—here’s how to find out Financial advisors make a big deal of encouraging millennials to invest in company-sponsored retirement accounts — especially if your employer offers to match a percentage of your contribution. There’s a lot of talk of “maxing your match” and don’t leave “free money…

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Should you convert your IRA or 401k to a Roth IRA?    You may have a traditional IRA or 401k that allows you to make tax-free contributions, but you will have to pay taxes on that money when you make withdrawals in retirement.  You could avoid paying potentially high tax rates on your money by…

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