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The average American starts saving for retirement at this age

The sooner you start saving for retirement, the more opportunity you’ll have to build a solid nest egg without having to sacrifice too much on an ongoing basis. But data from Nationwide tells us that Americans are putting in roughly a decade in the workforce before giving their long-term savings a thought. The average American begins funding a…

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Observations from the Brink of Retirement

A retirement income specialist shares three important lessons he’s learned during his own financial and mental journey as he gets ready to dive into retirement. His personal insights could help guide your path as well. Planning for my own retirement has been interesting, as my day job is teaching financial advisers about retirement planning. At…

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6 Ways The SECURE Act May Impact Your Retirement

GETTY The new Setting Every Community Up For Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act, just signed by President Trump, is the broadest piece of retirement legislation passed in 13 years. Ultimately, the law focuses on retirement planning in three key areas: 1) modifying required minimum distribution (RMD) rules for retirement plans; 2) expanding retirement plan access and…

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10 Ways to Reduce Your 401(k) Taxes

How the pros help clients minimize their tax burden If you have a traditional 401(k), you will have to pay taxes when you take distributions. Unfortunately, that 401(k) money is subject to the worst kind of taxes—ordinary income taxes. The amount you pay is based on your tax bracket, and if you’re younger than 59½, add 10% (for early withdrawal) in…

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The Secure Act changes the way people will inherit money — are you hit by the new rules?

The new legislation eliminated the ‘stretch IRA’ provision, but not everyone is impacted Getty Images/iStockphotoFuture beneficiaries of retirement accounts have different rules than current inheritors. The Secure Act, which was signed earlier this month, changes the way beneficiaries will receive money from inherited retirement accounts, but not everyone is in danger of a big tax…

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Top Retirement Savings Tips for 55-to-64-Year-Olds

There’s still time to give your savings a good boost before you retire If you’re between 55 and 64 years old, you still have time to boost your retirement savings. Whether you plan to retire early, late, or never ever, having an adequate amount of money saved can make all the difference, both financially and psychologically.…

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I Killed My Teenager’s Fancy College Dreams. You Should, Too.

Forty-five million Americans owe a collective $1.6 trillion in student debt. Here’s why my daughter won’t be one of them. Photo illustration by Slate. Photos by Vasily Koloda on Unsplash, master1305/iStock/Getty Images Plus, and ayzek/iStock/Getty Images Plus. A couple months ago, my 17-year-old daughter’s guidance counselor called her into his office to ask pretty much…

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3 Keys to Long-Term Prosperity, Health, and Happiness

Prosperity should be everyone’s goal. Being prosperous means you have a life worth living. It means your internal and external worlds are congruent. GETTY IMAGES The definition of the word prosper is to: Succeed financially Flourish physically, to grow strong and healthy “Prosperity,” is far more than money, when you really think of the word. There is so much more…

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