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What’s in the $2 Trillion Senate Coronavirus Bill

How households, businesses, taxes and more are affected by the package The stimulus package adds $27 billion to an emergency fund that could give a boost to dozens of projects by pharmaceutical companies and academic groups developing drugs and vaccines against coronavirus. Here, people carry donated boxes of N95 masks. PHOTO: JERRY HOLT/STAR TRIBUNE/ASSOCIATED PRESS The $2…

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Here’s how to maximize traditional and Roth retirement savings

KEY POINTS “Asset location” involves strategically putting your investments in accounts based on the type of tax treatment they will get. If you have money in both a traditional 401(k) plan or IRA and a Roth version, there may be ways you can maximize the differences in taxation to reduce the amount you’d owe in…

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Wednesday Q&A: How can I max out my Social Security check?

How can I make the most out of my social security benefits? Check out this video where Gregory gives you ways to help max out your social security check. How do I plan for unexpected expenses? As a starting point, we typically recommend that our clients maintain an emergency reserve of about 3-6 months’ worth of…

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Can You Fund a Roth IRA After Filing Your Taxes?

You can contribute to a Roth IRA after filing your taxes and you don’t even need to amend your return to do so. If you’ve ever used online software to file your taxes, you may have noticed a question that pops up: “Have you made or do you plan to make contributions to a Roth IRA…

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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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Spending Bill Includes Seismic Retirement Changes, Curtails Stretch IRAs

GETTY The just-released, 1,773-page, $1.4 trillion 2020 spending bill means many Americans will be rewriting their retirement plans—if the budget gets signed into law before the holidays as expected.  It includes the SECURE Act—Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019—which passed in the House 417-3 in May but stalled in the Senate. Basically, the…

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