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How To Turn Your Pension Cash Value Into The Most Retirement Income

Pensions were once the cornerstone of a secure retirement. They provided a retirement income you could not outlive. Today, pension plans are being eliminated or at the very least, are less generous to workers. If you are lucky enough to still have a pension, it is imperative that you plan to maximize the valuable retirement…

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Here’s everything you need to know about your 2020 taxes

Key Points The IRS increased the standard deduction to $12,400 for single filers and $24,800 for married couples filing jointly. An individual can transfer up to $11.58 million without being subject to the 40% federal estate and gift tax, up from $11.4 million in 2019. You can save more money in your 401(k) and in…

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You might not own all of the money in your 401(k)

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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How to spend your retirement savings without triggering a tax penalty

It’s not just saving for retirement you need to worry about, but drawing down your money at the right time, too. The IRS requires savers to make withdrawals from their retirement accounts starting at age 70½. “They’ve allowed you to defer taxes, but they need to come collecting at some point,” said Arielle O’Shea, a…

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Retirees’ Mandatory IRA Withdrawals Would Shrink Under Treasury Plan

The Trump administration is updating life-expectancy tables governing required withdrawals from tax-advantaged retirement accounts By Richard Rubin Updated Nov. 7, 2019 4:51 pm ET WASHINGTON—Retirees could take smaller mandatory withdrawals from their tax-advantaged accounts under a new Treasury Department proposal designed to adjust for rising life expectancy. If finalized, the rules would take effect starting in 2021,…

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This Dire Stock Market Warning Is ‘Fake News,’ Analysts Say

Worries of an ETF bubble persist even as exchange traded funds soar in popularity. But two ETF professionals say they have proof the biggest worries about ETFs are “fake news.” Do ETFs threaten the market’s structure by making it too easy to pile into — or bail out of — the same stocks or bonds at lightning…

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How much you’ll need to save monthly to retire with $5 million

Five-million dollars sounds like a lot of money. And for the 22% of Americans who say they have less than $5,000 set aside for retirement, saving that much may seem like an impossible goal. But what if you could retire with $5 million by the time you were 67? The good news is that it is…

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How to Take Advantage of 401(k) Catch-Up Contributions :usnews.com

The 401(k) Catch-Up Contribution Limit for 2019 WHEN YOU TURN 50, YOU become eligible to contribute more money to your 401(k) plan. The tax deduction you can claim on these catch-up contributions could save you over $1,000 on your annual tax bill. Here’s how to take advantage of 401(k) catch-up contributions: Workers can defer paying income tax on…

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5 Sources of Retirement Income That Aren’t Taxable

Keep more of your money during your golden years by incorporating these into your retirement plan. Just as taxes are a huge burden for working Americans, they can also be a drain on seniors’ limited resources. If you’re worried about affording your golden years, it pays to set yourself up with a number of income…

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7 retirement saving mistakes financial advisers see too often

Saving for retirement is confusing – it’s no surprise we make mistakes along the way. Luckily, there are strategies to get back on track. Below, financial planners share the most common mistakes, and how they help their clients recover. 1. Failing to create a plan A retirement plan is one of the best ways to…

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