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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.

Obama’s Lame Broker Reform

Submitted by Phillip Shrotman on Friday, March 27, 2015 - 9:00am

President Barack Obama wants to crack down on advisors who get commissions for selling retirement plans. On the surface, his goal seems noble. But it ignores reality, targeting the wrong people and misunderstanding the problem he perceives.

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.

Lowering Your 2015 Taxes

Submitted by Sterling Raskie on Monday, March 30, 2015 - 12:00pm

With 2014 well over and the spring of 2015 looming, you may find yourself gathering all of last year’s tax information and getting ready to file your income taxes. Maybe you expect a refund or maybe you dread writing a check to Uncle Sam. If the latter, here are some tips to reduce your tax burden for 2015.

IRA Withdrawal How-To

Submitted by Rick Kahler on Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 3:00pm

Last year I reached a milestone age: 59½, old enough to withdraw money from my individual retirement accounts with no penalty. While this felt bittersweet, it did remind me of the importance of timing when it comes to taking money out of retirement accounts. Withdrawing at the wrong time can create serious tax consequences.

Young Pros: Plan for Future

Submitted by Taylor Schulte on Friday, March 6, 2015 - 3:00pm

Even as steady paychecks begin to roll in, young adults face a tough road: a volatile and inherently chancy savings vehicle in investments and a retirement that, although far off, will likely cost an unprecedented fortune. What can you do if you’re just starting out?

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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