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Clarifying a Complex Windfall

Submitted by Jeff Stimpson on Friday, May 8, 2015 - 12:00pm

A husband and wife not long into retirement age come together to a financial planner to map out the rest of their years together, a sensible move when trying to tame the future. Just one year later, the husband is dead and, for the first time in almost four decades, the widow faces a future without her spouse and an overload of complex finances.

Planning With Scattered Pieces

Submitted by Jeff Stimpson on Monday, April 6, 2015 - 12:00pm

Losing your spouse can ignite no end of uncertainty. Do you have to brave the job market, or can your assets support your lifestyle? For that matter, where are those assets? One widow, blending time and realistic expectations, answered both questions.

Waiting to Invest: Costly

Submitted by Larry Frank on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 3:00pm

Your time is a valuable resource you probably often overlook when it comes to another resource: money. We like to spend as much of both as we can today. Doing the math shows how and why it pays to invest as much as possible as early as possible.

The Backdoor IRA

Submitted by Tim Long on Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 12:00pm

So you make too much money to qualify for a Roth individual retirement account. What if you still want to have sources of tax-free income in retirement, which is what a Roth gives you? I present the backdoor IRA, a way to establish a Roth despite the income limits.

New Changes to Your HSA

Submitted by Jim Blankenship on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 12:00pm

Your health savings account (HSA) can be your one of your best friends when medical expenses hit, allowing you to tap a fund of pre-tax money to meet ever-spiraling health-care costs. Here are the latest numbers concerning these accounts and some potential new uses for the money.

Ready for Retirement?

Submitted by Jim Blankenship on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 3:00pm

Disappearing pensions, continued corporate downsizing and stubborn unemployment combine to ignite great concern that many folks still don’t save enough for retirement. Maybe you’ve given up trying to realistically assess your future costs or you simply still spend too much without saving. Whatever the reason, here’s how to get your finances together while you still have time.

Dumb Rules on Tapping IRAs

Submitted by David John Marotta and Megan Russell on Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 9:00am

IRA distribution rules are extremely shortsighted. They punish taxpayers in the short run and gain the government less in the long term. To see how, let’s examine how Washington compels people to withdraw money from these popular retirement plans.

401(k) Vs. Roth IRA

Submitted by Mary Beth Storjohann on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 12:00pm

Most Gen-Yers don’t know what types of retirement accounts to start with. I break down the pros and cons of two most popular ones - 401(k) and the Roth individual retirement account - to help you decide which is right for you.

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