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Transitioning to Retirement

2024-04-08T18:50:48+00:00April 8th, 2024|

Transitioning to retirement takes planning and preparation. But if you're wise, you can set yourself up for success. Whether you have a pension or a retirement fund that you've been contributing to during you career, you might need your first retirement payment the month after you receive you last paycheck. This means you'll need to

Understanding IRAs

2024-04-08T18:34:41+00:00April 8th, 2024|

Individual retirement accounts(IRAs) are personal retirement plans. You must earn income to contribute, and will usually build the plan over several decades. Roth vs Traditional There are two types of IRAs: a traditional IRA and a Roth IRA. The main difference between them is when you pay taxes. A traditional IRA is tax deferred. This

Social Security Basics

2024-04-08T18:28:12+00:00April 8th, 2024|

Social Security was established more than 85 years ago during the Great Depression and continues today as a main retirement vehicle for many Americans. Although best known for its retirement benefits, Social Security also provides life and disability insurance, and processes applications for Medicare. Employees who’ve worked and paid into Social Security through payroll deductions

Understanding Tax-Advantaged Retirement Savings

2024-04-08T18:13:16+00:00April 8th, 2024|

Understanding and effectively utilizing your tax-advantaged retirement savings options can have a big impact on your current and future finances.Traditional AccountsMany employers offer tax-advantaged traditional 401(k) accounts or similar employer-sponsored plans for retirement savings. With these accounts, you contribute a percentage of your pre-tax income into an investment account and can only withdraw funds once you

Individual Retirement Accounts

2024-04-08T18:09:21+00:00April 8th, 2024|

For those without a retirement plan at work or those looking to maximize their retirement savings, an IRA provides an individualized saving option. What Is an Individual Retirement Account? An IRA (individual retirement account) is a retirement investment option available to anyone with earned income. You can open an IRA at most financial institutions, or through investment

Portfolio Building

2024-04-08T18:03:54+00:00April 8th, 2024|

Many people make the mistake of treating investing as a way to get rich quick by finding the one perfect stock. While that may happen every once in a while, it’s best to think of investing as a tool, rather than a lottery ticket. If used carefully, you can minimize risk and maximize your chances

Retirement Investing

2024-04-05T20:36:59+00:00April 5th, 2024|

Investing is a way to make money grow. People invest money in things like the stock market and real estate in hopes that the money they put in—their initial investment—returns more money over time. Why Invest Investing comes with risk, or the chance of loss, but it also comes with the possibility of growth way

Understanding 401(k) Investment Options

2024-04-05T20:33:17+00:00April 5th, 2024|

As you embark on retirement planning, it’s essential to understand the various investment options available in your 401(k) plan. This article will help you make informed decisions that align with your financial goals and risk tolerance. Asset Classes in Your 401(k): You control how to invest your 401(k)—if you want to. You could have your

Making Critical Retirement Choices

2024-04-05T20:30:16+00:00April 5th, 2024|

Whether you’re just beginning your career or nearing its end, it’s never too early to think about what you want retirement to look like. The sooner you make a plan and put it into action, the more choices you’ll have in your golden years. For most people, putting together a retirement plan involves many choices,

5 Changes to Retirement Law in 2024

2024-04-05T20:26:45+00:00April 5th, 2024|

The SECURE 2.0 Retirement Savings Act passed at the end of 2022 with more than 90 guidelines to help Americans save more for retirement, but some of the provisions are only now going into effect. Here is a highlight of the changes for 2024. Added 529 to Roth IRA Conversion Funds in 529 educational savings

Meet Your 401(k)

2024-04-05T20:23:20+00:00April 5th, 2024|

Even if you’re just starting your first real job—actually, especially if you’re just starting your first real job—it’s time to start thinking about retirement. That’s not a comment on how motivated or unmotivated you are, or a suggestion that you should wish your life away. It’s just reality. That’s because you, like many people, will

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