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RMD Quiz – How Well Do You Know the Rules?

  If you have an IRA, you should realize that what goes in must come out. In other words, your tax deferral will not last forever. Eventually, Uncle Sam will want his share. When you reach retirement age, required minimum distributions (RMDs) will kick in. Are you prepared? Take our RMD quiz and see how…

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The Ricks Report – October 30, 2017

The Ricks Report October 30, 2017 Numbers of $ignificance  START SAVING NOW – A child born in 2017 that begins kindergarten in the fall of 2022 would attend college between the years of 2035 and 2039. If that child attended an average public in-state 4-year college and if the annual price increases for public colleges…

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A Tale of 3 Cousins and Their Inherited 401(k) Plans

This is the story of Al, Bob and Carl. Each cousin is the non-spouse beneficiary of his father’s 401(k) plan. Their fathers worked together at the local automotive factory for their entire lives and were all covered by the same plan. The default distribution option in the plan for non-spouse beneficiaries is a five-year payout.…

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Want to Donate to Harvey Victims? Consider a QCD

As the flood waters slowly recede in the Houston area, many people are asking themselves how they can help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. For those who have IRAs and are charitably inclined a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) may be one way you can help. QCD Rules Not everyone can do a QCD. A QCD…

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7 Things Your IRA Custodian Won't Tell You

It is important to know what your IRA custodian will tell you and what they will not or cannot tell you. The I in IRA stands for individual and many times it is up to the individual to know things or keep track of them. 1. 60-Day Rollovers – An IRA custodian will not remind…

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You Must Play by the Rules with RMDs and QCDs: Q&A Mailbag

This week’s Slott Report Mailbag examines Roth IRA transfers, QCDs and RMDs. As always, we recommend you work with a competent, educated financial advisor to keep your retirement nest egg safe and secure. You can find one in your area here. Question: Dear Ed Slott and Company, Thank you for helping me with my question. I’m in the…

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What's Your IRA Worth?

Many IRA owners invest in assets other than the usual stocks, bonds, cash, and mutual funds. In fact, the tax code allows for IRAs to invest in just about anything out there except for collectibles, life insurance, and S-corporation stock. But when you invest in those “other assets,” what are they really worth? If you…

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