retirement planning

33 States with No Estate Taxes or Inheritance Taxes
retirement

33 States with No Estate Taxes or Inheritance Taxes

Even with the federal exemption from death taxes raised, retirees should pay more attention to estate taxes and inheritance taxes levied by states.
February 24, 2021
Buying a Burial Plot Is a Grave Decision
Financial Planning

Buying a Burial Plot Is a Grave Decision

Thinking about buying a burial plot can be uncomfortable but making this purchase ahead of time has its advantages, including potentially saving you m…
February 17, 2021
Are You Prepared for Health Care Costs While in Retirement?
retirement planning

Are You Prepared for Health Care Costs While in Retirement?

Yes, health care can be expensive in retirement, but there are some things you can do now to get your ducks in a row.
February 15, 2021
What to Do When One Spouse Spends Too Much in Retirement
spending

What to Do When One Spouse Spends Too Much in Retirement

If one partner takes a less conservative approach to money, it can wreak havoc on a marriage. But the problem can be addressed by agreeing on bigger f…
February 10, 2021
Is the Traditional 60/40 Portfolio Truly Dead? Or Just Hibernating?
Making Your Money Last

Is the Traditional 60/40 Portfolio Truly Dead? Or Just Hibernating?

Why looking to alternatives to bonds makes sense right now.
February 9, 2021

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401(k) Contribution Limits for 2021
Financial Planning

401(k) Contribution Limits for 2021

The 401(k) contribution limit stayed the same for 2021. But workers 50 and older can save an extra amount for retirement.
February 5, 2021
11 Money Moves to Make in the Decade Before You Retire
retirement planning

11 Money Moves to Make in the Decade Before You Retire

Pre-retirement steps include reviewing what you expect to pay in taxes and how you will cover health care costs once you stop working.
February 4, 2021
Looking for Your Dream Retirement? Better Get an Up-to-Date Map
retirement planning

Looking for Your Dream Retirement? Better Get an Up-to-Date Map

The route you were planning may not work in today’s retirement reality. Here’s how to prepare for some detours.
February 3, 2021
Firefighters Face Unique Challenges with Deferred Comp
retirement planning

Firefighters Face Unique Challenges with Deferred Comp

Saving in your deferred compensation plan sounds like a great idea … until you get to the tax bill when it’s time to make your withdrawals. Considerin…
February 1, 2021
Traditional IRA Basics: 10 Things You Must Know
Basics

Traditional IRA Basics: 10 Things You Must Know

A traditional IRA can be a powerful retirement-savings tool but you need to understand contribution limits, RMDs, rules for beneficiaries under the SE…
January 29, 2021
Avoid These 4 Common but COSTLY Retirement Income Mistakes
retirement planning

Avoid These 4 Common but COSTLY Retirement Income Mistakes

There are no pay stubs in retirement and no accounting departments to answer your questions. Once you retire, you need to be prepared to generate inco…
January 29, 2021
Shoring Up Social Security
Politics

Shoring Up Social Security

Social Security is headed for a shortfall. But sooner or later, lawmakers will act to preserve your benefits.
January 27, 2021
How to Address Retirees’ No. 1 Concern
retirement planning

How to Address Retirees’ No. 1 Concern

It’s a top worry for people nearing retirement: the fear of running out of money. By preparing for retirement with an income plan, you can feel confid…
January 27, 2021
Income Planning to Help You Win the Retirement Trifecta
retirement planning

Income Planning to Help You Win the Retirement Trifecta

With a retirement income plan that focuses on the allocation of income, and delivers lower fees and taxes, you can increase your income with less risk…
January 26, 2021
12 States That Won't Tax Your Retirement Income
Tax Breaks

12 States That Won't Tax Your Retirement Income

Retirees can save a lot of money in these states that completely exempt the most common types of retirement income – 401(k)s, IRAs and pensions – from…
January 25, 2021
13 States That Tax Social Security Benefits
social security

13 States That Tax Social Security Benefits

You may have dreamed of a tax-free retirement, but if you live in these 13 states, your Social Security benefits are subject to a state tax. That's on…
January 24, 2021
10 Least Tax-Friendly States for Retirees
retirement

10 Least Tax-Friendly States for Retirees

When it comes to state and local taxes, retirees in these states are likely to pay more than retirees in other states.
January 24, 2021
10 Most Tax-Friendly States for Retirees
retirement

10 Most Tax-Friendly States for Retirees

If you want your retirement savings to last longer, consider moving to one of these states that impose the lowest taxes on retirees.
January 24, 2021
What Could 2021 Hold for Your Finances?
retirement planning

What Could 2021 Hold for Your Finances?

After a wild 2020, many of us are ready for a fresh start in the new year.
January 22, 2021
Don’t Have a Pension? The SECURE Act Could Help
retirement planning

Don’t Have a Pension? The SECURE Act Could Help

If you’re worried about retirement, the SECURE Act has a lot to offer. It has several provisions to allow people to save more, for more years — and it…
January 22, 2021
Unhappy with Low CD Rates? A Structured Note May Be the Answer
retirement planning

Unhappy with Low CD Rates? A Structured Note May Be the Answer

What are structured notes? How do they limit risk while allowing for gains? Considering their pros and cons, could a structured note be right for you?…
January 20, 2021
10 New Year’s Financial To Do’s (You’ll Feel Great When You Check Them Off)
retirement planning

10 New Year’s Financial To Do’s (You’ll Feel Great When You Check Them Off)

Once you run through this checklist, you’ll be in great shape for a prosperous and organized new year.
January 18, 2021
Fund Your IRA, Cut Your Taxes
Tax Breaks

Fund Your IRA, Cut Your Taxes

There’s still time to make a 2020 IRA contribution and lower your tax bill.
January 13, 2021
How to Spot (and Squash) Nasty Fees That Hide in Your Investments
retirement planning

How to Spot (and Squash) Nasty Fees That Hide in Your Investments

Your annual investment statement might look hot this year, but it’s probably missing one very important figure: the fees you paid.
January 8, 2021
A Retiree’s Guide to Key Dates in 2021
Basics

A Retiree’s Guide to Key Dates in 2021

It's critical -- and financially sound -- to hit these important financial deadlines spaced throughout the year.
January 8, 2021