401K

The 401(k) Ignorance Factor

Too many Americans don’t understand how their 401(k) plans work, and how to take full advantage of this excellent retirement savings vehicle. Such neglect is very harmful to their long-term well-being.

Understanding Your 401(k)

The 401(k), launched almost 30 years ago as a retirement savings alternative for federal civilian employees, now constitutes most working investors’ main nest egg, if not an entire household’s primary asset. Still, investors risk their future with confusion about details of these accounts.

These vehicles are typically “the place to start with savings,” said Ken Weingarten, president of Weingarten Associates in Lawrenceville, N.J., and speaker at an advisory panel.

Leaving IRA $ to Charity

Bequeathing some assets to your favorite charity, rather than leaving it to your heirs, can spare them potential tax headaches and help a needy cause in times of tight budgets. Before you donate, though, think how your heirs might react and do your homework on the charity itself.

Late Savers’ To-do List

The youngest baby boomers are turning 50 this year. If you haven’t already, it’s about time to give retirement planning some serious thoughts. Advisors have a list of basic must-dos for people in this life stage.

“People who come to me in their 40s and 50s are really looking at maximizing everything they can do to prepare for retirement,” said Eve Kaplan, founder of Kaplan Financial Advisors during an advisor panel.

Sizing Up Your 401(k)

When did you last evaluate your company’s retirement plan? If you’re like many people, your 401(k) or profit-sharing plan constitutes the largest – or at least one of the largest – investment accounts in your portfolio. Here’s how to make sure it’s the best plan for you.

Many factors help you evaluate your plan, including the total expenses, investment options, guidance provided and your company match.

Dividing Nest Egg in Divorce

Divorcing couples often face the need to split up some retirement account assets. There are  two ways to divide retirement money in a divorce, depending on the type of account: Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) and transfer incident to a divorce.

Getting the Most From a 401(k)

The 401(k) retirement plan, which your employer sponsors, is now ubiquitous in U.S. workplaces, with 51 million people signed up. But too few investors understand these vehicles. Here is an owners’ manual, vital for your financial well-being.

Why Switch to a Roth 401(k)?

Beginning in 2013, you could roll over all your standard 401(k) funds to a Roth account in the same retirement plan. But such a move may not be good for you. While the upside of a Roth is tax-free money in the future, converting creates an extra tax burden today.

$ Tips for Your Grown Kids

Early summer’s cap and gown now hang in the closet and you just hope your suddenly grown child is ready for real-world financial challenges, from debt to saving for a remote retirement. Now more than ever, you can teach your kid many key money lessons.

Rules for a Roth 401(k)

If your employer sponsors a 401(k) plan for you to participate in, you may also have a Roth 401(k) option. Electing that option depends on your other retirement plans, tax outlook and many other factors.

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