10 Things Social Security Recipients Need to Know About Their Second Stimulus Check
social security

10 Things Social Security Recipients Need to Know About Their Second Stimulus Check

It's a bit more difficult for Social Security recipients to learn the ins and outs of second-round stimulus checks, since there are a few special rule…
January 4, 2021
6 Money-Smart Ways to Spend Your Second Stimulus Check
Coronavirus and Your Money

6 Money-Smart Ways to Spend Your Second Stimulus Check

If you don't have to use your second stimulus check for basic necessities, consider putting the money to work for you. You'll thank yourself later.
December 28, 2020
Smaller IRA Withdrawals Coming Up
Coronavirus and Your Money

Smaller IRA Withdrawals Coming Up

Starting in 2022, the amount you’ll be required to withdraw from your retirement accounts after age 72 will decline modestly—which means your tax bill…
December 20, 2020
An Overview of Self-Directed IRAs: Basics for Investors
IRAs

An Overview of Self-Directed IRAs: Basics for Investors

Well-informed investors who want more options and more control with their IRAs (and who don’t mind extra work and the possibility of greater risk) may…
December 7, 2020
Your Guide to Roth Conversions
Roth IRA Conversions

Your Guide to Roth Conversions

Like marriage, converting a traditional IRA to a Roth is not a step that should be taken lightly.
November 24, 2020
Roth IRA Contribution Limits for 2020
Roth IRAs

Roth IRA Contribution Limits for 2020

The Roth IRA contribution limit remains the same for 2020 as it was for 2019. Retirement savers 50 and older can contribute an extra amount. Income li…
October 1, 2020
Deadline for Returning RMDs to Retirement Accounts is Approaching Fast
Coronavirus and Your Money

Deadline for Returning RMDs to Retirement Accounts is Approaching Fast

Retirees who took a required minimum distribution earlier this year need to act quickly if they want to avoid taxes on the money they withdrew.
August 24, 2020
Who Can Still Do a Stretch IRA after the SECURE Act: Explaining the Exceptions to the Rule
IRAs

Who Can Still Do a Stretch IRA after the SECURE Act: Explaining the Exceptions to the Rule

Many beneficiaries who inherit IRAs lost a major tax break recently, but five types of people still qualify for this “stretch IRA” benefit. Are you am…
August 3, 2020
6 Money-Smart Ways to Spend Your Stimulus Check
Tax Breaks

6 Money-Smart Ways to Spend Your Stimulus Check

If you don't have to use your stimulus check for basic necessities, consider putting the money to work for you. You'll thank yourself later.
July 30, 2020
Retirees Get Another Break with Expansion of RMD Waiver
required minimum distributions (RMDs)

Retirees Get Another Break with Expansion of RMD Waiver

The CARES Act cancelled "required minimum distributions" for 2020...and the IRS just expanded that relief to help more seniors and give more time to u…
June 24, 2020
12 Ways to Get Your Retirement Plan Back on Track
retirement planning

12 Ways to Get Your Retirement Plan Back on Track

If your financial situation hits a rough spot, there are a number of things you can do to get your retirement plan moving in the right direction again…
June 19, 2020
12 Tax Deductions and Credits That Help You Pay for College
Tax Breaks

12 Tax Deductions and Credits That Help You Pay for College

Whether you're saving for college, currently paying tuition, or dealing with student loan debt, there's probably a tax break that can help your bottom…
June 12, 2020
RMD Waiver + Stimulus Check = Tax Credit
retirement

RMD Waiver + Stimulus Check = Tax Credit

For seniors who got a stimulus check of less than $1,200, not having to take a required minimum distribution from their retirement accounts this year …
June 6, 2020
Retirees Get a Break on IRA Distributions
retirement

Retirees Get a Break on IRA Distributions

The IRS is expected to come out with additional guidance, but here’s what we know so far.
June 4, 2020
The Stock-Bond Shuffle of Asset Location
investing

The Stock-Bond Shuffle of Asset Location

It's a well-used strategy to help minimize taxes. Take a look at how it works.
June 4, 2020
Gifts for Grads to Build Good Money Habits
college

Gifts for Grads to Build Good Money Habits

Today’s graduates aren’t destined to share the same fate as past generations, so it’s important for them to ramp up their money skills.
May 13, 2020
5 Ways to Better Optimize Your Finances
Making Your Money Last

5 Ways to Better Optimize Your Finances

Small changes can help you do the best possible with what you have. Here are some tweaks to consider making to your financial life.
May 13, 2020
Roth IRA Conversions are on Sale
retirement

Roth IRA Conversions are on Sale

Many retirement savers can get an extra-good deal on Roth conversions right now. Here's why.
May 12, 2020
10 Things Social Security Recipients Need to Know About Their Stimulus Check
social security

10 Things Social Security Recipients Need to Know About Their Stimulus Check

It's especially difficult for Social Security recipients to learn the ins and outs of stimulus checks, since there are several special rules that only…
May 9, 2020
9 Ways to Raise Cash Quickly
savings

9 Ways to Raise Cash Quickly

The $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package is providing a $1,200 check for millions of Americans.
May 6, 2020
Economic Aid for Millennials: Stimulus Checks, Student Loan Relief and More
savings

Economic Aid for Millennials: Stimulus Checks, Student Loan Relief and More

The coronavirus pandemic is killing our economy, and millennials are being hit particularly hard.
May 6, 2020
10 Questions Retirees Often Get Wrong About Taxes in Retirement
retirement

10 Questions Retirees Often Get Wrong About Taxes in Retirement

You worked hard to build your retirement nest egg. But do you know how to minimize taxes on your savings?
May 1, 2020
5 Retirement Lessons Learned From the Great Recession
recession

5 Retirement Lessons Learned From the Great Recession

The Great Recession of 2007-09 turned retirement dreams into nightmares.
April 17, 2020
5 Ways This Recession Hits Retirees Particularly Hard
Retirement

5 Ways This Recession Hits Retirees Particularly Hard

April 15, 2020
6 Money-Smart Ways to Spend Your Stimulus Check
spending

6 Money-Smart Ways to Spend Your Stimulus Check

The $2 trillion stimulus package agreed upon by lawmakers and the White House will, among other things, provide a direct payment of $1,200 to millions…
April 15, 2020
16 Retirement Mistakes You Will Regret Forever
retirement

16 Retirement Mistakes You Will Regret Forever

From saving too little to claiming Social Security too early, there are plenty of ways retirees -- and those planning for retirement -- can sabotage t…
April 10, 2020