retirement plans

11 Costly Medicare Mistakes You Should Avoid Making
Medicare

11 Costly Medicare Mistakes You Should Avoid Making

If you don't make the right choices to fill in the health coverage gaps, you could end up with high Medicare premiums and big out-of-pocket costs.
June 30, 2021
How Automatic Enrollment in 401(k)s Could Reshape Saving for Retirement
Financial Planning

How Automatic Enrollment in 401(k)s Could Reshape Saving for Retirement

The SECURE Act 2.0 could require employers to automatically enroll eligible workers in retirement plans. If the legislation passes, there could be pro…
June 23, 2021
401(k) Basics: 7 Things You Should Know When You Enroll
401(k)s

401(k) Basics: 7 Things You Should Know When You Enroll

When you start a job there’s a ton of paperwork to fill out, but don’t let that keep you from carefully considering what to do about signing up for yo…
June 16, 2021
Why You Need a Roth IRA
Roth IRAs

Why You Need a Roth IRA

With this indispensable savings tool, your money grows tax-free, you can invest in almost anything and you get several cool perks.
June 14, 2021
Everything You Must Know About "Backdoor" Roth IRAs
Roth IRAs

Everything You Must Know About "Backdoor" Roth IRAs

If you earn too much to contribute directly to a Roth IRA, there are still ways to move funds to this type of an account.
June 14, 2021
How Teens Can Start Investing Through a Roth IRA
retirement

How Teens Can Start Investing Through a Roth IRA

By beginning to invest in a Roth IRA at an early age, today’s teens can become tomorrow’s millionaires.
June 14, 2021
Invest in a Roth 401(k) If You Can
401(k)s

Invest in a Roth 401(k) If You Can

Workers of all ages can benefit from stashing away after-tax money now in exchange for tax-free withdrawals in the future.
June 11, 2021
Should My Money Stay or Go? Employer 401(k) vs. IRA Rollover
401(k)s

Should My Money Stay or Go? Employer 401(k) vs. IRA Rollover

Employers are the newest contenders for the rollover assets from your retirement plan. Here’s what to consider when leaving your job and choosing whet…
June 11, 2021
2 Essential Strategies for Taking Your RMDs
Financial Planning

2 Essential Strategies for Taking Your RMDs

Whether you need to take required minimum distributions to live or find them to be a nuisance, here are some tips to make the most of withdrawing thes…
June 10, 2021
Your Secret Weapon to Help Win the Retirement Saving Battle: Roth 401(k)
401(k)s

Your Secret Weapon to Help Win the Retirement Saving Battle: Roth 401(k)

Thanks to their unique tax benefits and the higher amounts you can contribute, Roth 401(k)s have a lot going for them, when compared to their traditio…
June 4, 2021
401(k)s: 10 Things You Must Know About These Retirement Savings Plans
401(k)s

401(k)s: 10 Things You Must Know About These Retirement Savings Plans

These accounts can be a great way to save for retirement while giving you a tax break now. But beware of the fees plan providers charge for 401(k)s.
June 1, 2021
8 Money-Smart Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund
Tax Breaks

8 Money-Smart Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund

Since this year's tax deadline was pushed back to May 17, many people just recently filed their tax return. That means there are a lot of tax refunds …
May 21, 2021
SECURE Act 2.0: 10 Ways the Proposed Law Could Change Retirement Savings
retirement plans

SECURE Act 2.0: 10 Ways the Proposed Law Could Change Retirement Savings

If passed, the Securing a Strong Retirement Act would automatically enroll some workers in retirement plans and raise the mandatory age for RMDs.
May 19, 2021
10 Best Financial Benefits for Military Families
savings

10 Best Financial Benefits for Military Families

Service members face a range of threats – from the lethal to the financial. A wide array of generous benefits and programs are meant to offset some of…
May 19, 2021
Today is the Last Day to Fund Your IRA and Cut Your Taxes
Tax Breaks

Today is the Last Day to Fund Your IRA and Cut Your Taxes

Although you need to act quickly, you still have a few hours to make a 2020 IRA contribution and lower your tax bill.
May 17, 2021
9 Tax Deadlines for May 17 (Today Isn't Just the Due Date for Your Tax Return)
tax deadline

9 Tax Deadlines for May 17 (Today Isn't Just the Due Date for Your Tax Return)

Between due dates for extension requests, IRA or HSA contributions, and other deadlines, there's more to do by today's tax deadline than just filing y…
May 17, 2021
Saver's Credit: A Retirement Tax Break for the Middle Class
Tax Breaks

Saver's Credit: A Retirement Tax Break for the Middle Class

Your retirement contributions could be the key to a lower tax bill.
May 3, 2021
12 Cheapest Small Towns in America 2021
real estate

12 Cheapest Small Towns in America 2021

Affordable small towns aren't necessarily the best places to live for everyone, but each cheap small town on our list has its charms.
April 15, 2021
Taking a 401(k) Loan to Fill Income Gaps? Tips Before You Dip!
401(k)s

Taking a 401(k) Loan to Fill Income Gaps? Tips Before You Dip!

If your credit card charges 17% interest and a loan from your 401(k) charges 4.25%, you might wonder: What have I got to lose? Yes, there are downside…
March 26, 2021
How to Report an IRA Charitable Distribution on Your Tax Return
income tax

How to Report an IRA Charitable Distribution on Your Tax Return

Your IRA administrator will send you a 1099-R, noting your entire distribution; you need to report it to Uncle Sam — and call out what portion was use…
March 23, 2021
The Best T. Rowe Price Funds for 401(k) Retirement Savers
Kiplinger's Investing Outlook

The Best T. Rowe Price Funds for 401(k) Retirement Savers

A dozen T. Rowe Price mutual funds also have a place among the nation's most popular 401(k) retirement products. Find out which funds belong in your r…
March 22, 2021
Retirement Planning for the Self-Employed: 5 Options for Lowering Taxes and Maximizing Saving
IRAs

Retirement Planning for the Self-Employed: 5 Options for Lowering Taxes and Maximizing Saving

Being your own boss has its perks, and those include special retirement savings possibilities, such as SIMPLE IRAs, SEP IRAs and Solo 401(k)s.
March 20, 2021
6 Money-Smart Ways to Spend Your Third Stimulus Check
Coronavirus and Your Money

6 Money-Smart Ways to Spend Your Third Stimulus Check

If you don't have to use your third stimulus check for basic necessities, consider putting the money to work for you. You'll thank yourself later.
March 20, 2021
Is Now the Right Time for You to Make a Roth Conversion?
Roth IRAs

Is Now the Right Time for You to Make a Roth Conversion?

Timing is everything with Roth IRA conversions. Whether it’s the right time for you depends on where you are in life. Are you still working? Retired? …
March 18, 2021
The Best American Funds for 401(k) Retirement Savers
mutual funds

The Best American Funds for 401(k) Retirement Savers

American Funds has 14 actively managed mutual funds among the 100 most popular 401(k) offerings. We look at the Best American Funds in that group, and…
March 9, 2021
Claim These "Above-the-Line" Deductions on Your Tax Return (Even If You Don't Itemize)
Tax Breaks

Claim These "Above-the-Line" Deductions on Your Tax Return (Even If You Don't Itemize)

If, like most people, you claim the standard deduction instead of itemized deductions on your return, there are still many other tax deductions availa…
March 5, 2021