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Early withdrawal from retirement appears to have been taxed at 35%, rather than 25%?

I had to withdraw from my Simple IRA retirement fund last year for emergency reasons. When I withdrew, the IRA company withheld 10% for federal taxes. When I did my taxes at the end of the year ...
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My company is changing 401k plan providers. How long should my funds be “blacked out”

My employer is switching 401k providers. The original provider shows that I am no longer invested, with a $0 balance. The new provider tells me that I am not yet invested, but they do have the funds. ...
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Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) calculation involving Capital Gains and Unused Capital Losses?

Do I understand correctly that for calculating income tax payable, the use of unused capital losses of previous years will reduce the current year capital gains and also affect the calculation of the ...
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What is the best retirement strategy for an Indian?

For an Indian citizen in India, looking to retire years from now on which of the following would be a better retirement fund ? Retirement plans (Deferred/Immediate annuity plans like ...
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Roth vs Traditional IRA Question

With a traditional IRA, you are taxed on the complete balance of your account when you cash out after retirement correct? This would mean you are taxed on contributions + interest earned. With a ...
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Any downsides to having both 401k AND Roth 401k

So currently I have a 401k, I went ahead and added a Roth 401k while I'm eligible, beyond the fact I'll have to pay tax on the contributions now without the tax on withdrawal later in life you'd see ...
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Calculate the optimum contribution to Provident Fund(PF) account

I am fresh out of college and started working and want to work out how much I should contribute to my Provident Fund account to maximize the benefit from tax deductions. I am from India, so for those ...
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Missed open enrollment 401k date, do not want to wait until next year

I missed the open enrollment date for this year to enroll in to 401k, I do not want to wait until next year. What are my options at this point? Should I open an IRA account? If yes, Which one ...
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Should you always rollover a 401k to a personal IRA after leaving a company?

As far as I know, all 401ks charge recurring fees to the employees. Some even charge percentage fees based on your balance. This is on top of the fund fees you'd have to pay for Fidelity/Vanguard/etc ...
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Extra revenue for retiree receiving a basic public pension

I have an online blog that I don't use. It generates some money through ads but not enough for me to spend time on it. My mother wants to take the blog and maintain/update it herself and receive the ...
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Should I pay off student loans with existing retirement savings?

I am about to change jobs, I am 24 and have a little bit more than my current student loan debt saved in a retirement account. Once I leave my current employer, I basically get free reign over my ...
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Avoiding timing traps with long term index investing

Question 1) What are the risks pertaining to timing on long term index investments? 2) How large are these risks? 3) In case I feel not prepared to take these risks, how can I avoid them? ...
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How can I cash on equity in my home

Besides reverse mortage, what options are available if I am without heir and want to get cash in retirement backed by my equity? Edit: I live in Canada, 40 years old and I am building savings by ...
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Saving for retirement without employer sponsored plan

I'm considering moving to a new job that doesn't have any sponsored retirement plans. I'd like to continue saving on my own though, but it seems that IRAs have a $5,000 contribution limits. What are ...
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Low risk withdrawal from market. Is there a converse to dollar-cost-averaging?

In the article by Carson C Chow linked by "The mathematics of dollar cost averaging" it is explained that investing a fixed amount of money each time period gives a lower expected cost per stock than ...
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Should I sell shares to buy a home so I avoid a mortgage? [closed]

I'll be retiring next year, and I want to be in my own home (aging-in-place). Should I sell stocks to buy it outright and thus avoid a mortgage as I move to a fixed income. But what about capital ...
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Undestanding the new UK Pension laws

I have this scenario and I am having problems understanding how this scenario fits into the upcoming pension laws (mentioned in the latest budget). A man who is 66 now and 67 on the 8.11.14 has ...
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PPF Account in Indian banks

I'm an indian citizen and about to open a PPF Account in a Nationalised bank. I have had enquiry in ICICI Bank and in SBI Bank today. Their interest rates are as 8.8 and 8.7 respectively. Can one ...
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Rollover IRA vs traditional IRA (can I make contributions to the rollover IRA?)

I am single and used to contribute to a Roth IRA (my last contribution was years ago), but now my AGI is over the limit to contribute to the Roth. I have a "rollover IRA" that I opened a few years ...
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Is compounding interest on investments a myth?

I continually see examples encouraging young people to start investing for retirement with graphic examples using compounding interest to show that starting early pays off big. I've always bought into ...
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Retirement & asset allocation of $30K for 30 year old single guy

Recently came into some money, 30K via inheritance, which I would like to invest. I Would like to put some if not all of it towards retirement, as I have no plans to touch the money for at least 10 ...
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Married Filing Jointly & one spouse has employer 401K. Would each still be able to contribute to a Traditional IRA?

The husband participates in his employer's 401K, while the wife is unemployed. Assuming this couple does not exceed the AGI or MAGI limits for a Traditional IRA, will each of them be able to ...
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Can a self-directed IRA hold non-qualified stock options (NSO) with a vesting period, without being considered self-dealing?

I work for a startup company. They are about to go through their FMV evaluation and funding round, at which point I will be granted my options. I talked to them and said I would like the ability to ...
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Should my retirement portfolio's asset allocation become more conservative over time?

It seems to be common advice that a retirement portfolio should be invested aggressively when one is young, and conservatively when one is older and closer to retirement. Is this good advice? ...
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Which businesses provide financial planning services for newly married couples?

My fiance and I want to start preparing for our economic future; specifically buying a home, planning for children, and our eventual retirement. We both have work 401(k)'s but would like more help ...
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US retirement account types

I'm an 18 year old college student in the US who has a job and decent savings that pays for school and expenses. I have two credit cards to start building credit, but as I start to investing after a ...
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What does “retirement” mean with regards to an RRSP and any early withdrawal penalty?

If you withdraw money from your RRSP prior to retirement, you pay tax at your marginal rate. Is this correct? In this case, what does "retirement" mean? Is it: When the person reaches 65? The day ...
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Is there any way to rebalance an investment portfolio while reducing/minimizing taxes?

Say you have a retirement goal of $1 million and reach it by investing a stock. If you want to rebalance and move this money to something safer, say bonds, will this exchange cost you capital gains + ...
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What are some common ways to generate cash income from a portfolio in retirement?

For people that try to live off of interest only from a nest-egg, what might a retirement portfolio look like that can generate cash every month (or quarter) while keeping assets intact and growing ...
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An index fund in my 401k performed very well this year. How to deal with the gains?

I'm 34. 100% of my 401k goes into an S&P index fund. I'm up about 25% this year. If this were in my brokerage account I'd probably cash out some of the profits and hold onto it and buy more ...
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Maxed out Roth IRA already & don't have access to a 401k. Any alternatives with tax benefits?

I have no employer retirement plan ( 401(k), 403(b) ) and so I have contributed to a Roth IRA. Are there any other retirement options for me that have some tax benefits? I am a graduate student (not ...
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What is the minimum age for early retirement

What exactly is minimum allowed age for early retirement to draw a pension? In CRA website, it says that to get CPP, you need to be 65 (or is it 67) years of age. But some financial columns mention ...
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How is money in a Roth IRA classified as either “earnings” or “contribution” (basis)?

I have heard that if you withdraw money from your Roth early, there is no penalty or tax as long as it is a "contribution". However "earnings" cannot be withdrawn early without paying tax and 10% ...
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Should I switch/rollover my IRA to a Gold IRA at Regal Assets?

I was recommended from a friend that I should consider switching my current IRA to a Gold IRA. She sent me a link and told me to consider switching over to Regal Assets. I haven't searched around a ...
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Employer 401K thru Fidelity - Investment options

I originally picked FA FREEDOM 2040 I (FIFFX) for investment. After talking with a co-worker I learned this is a poor choice and only has 3 stars. The 10 YR performance 6.37%. Anyway, I have altered ...
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Is Cash Value Life Insurance from NY Life a good idea for my future?

I sat down with NY life today and listened to their proposal regarding Cash Value Life Insurance (CVLI) and long term investing. I am a 36 year old guy recently married with no children yet. Since I ...
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How does this retirement fund calculator work?

I found a retirement fund calculator on web: Inflation rate: 2% 0% 2% 0% Expected return rate: 5% 0% 0% ...
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Why is there an income restriction on contributing to a Roth IRA?

Currently, single adults making more than $112,000 ($178,00 for couples) per year cannot use Roth IRAs I was just wondering what the reasoning behind the income restriction was for the Roth IRA ...
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What is the best way to borrow money to consolidate our multiple outstanding mortgages?

My wife and I are in our early 60's. What We Have We have a condo that is upside down. It appraised at $110,000 and we owe $105,000. The going market rate is $85,000. We pay 5% for this loan. Our ...
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How to calculate Social Security benefits if retiring before the early Social Security age?

How can I calculate my Social Security if I retire before my early Social Security age? I tried to use the official website's calculator, but it required entering too much data, and the website ...
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First time investing advice (Canada)

I am 29 years old with a wife and we are planning on having a child in the next 2-3 years and as such I have been making a lot of life changes and planning for the future. Fist off I am sorry this ...
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Social security “bonus” for married retirees?

I passed this info on to my father who is much closer to the age where he may be able to take advantage of it, but I wondered if anyone could comment on the viability of the approach described in this ...
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Should regular withdrawals come from equities account or fixed return account?

I have two accounts for investments--the cash from one is invested in stocks and the other in a fixed-return product. I need to begin taking a regular monthly withdrawal on these accounts. Does it ...
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Tax-advantaged retirement savings options for someone with no 401(k) and high income

I have read that Traditional IRA and Roth IRA benefits appear to phase out beyond certain income limits. Assuming the following: I don't have access to any 401k plans through my employer My income ...
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Retirement accounts for non-working spouse

What options are available for a non-working spouse as far as retirement accounts/contributions go? I'd imagine that there are no pre-tax options, since the non-working spouse has no direct income. ...
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With max contributions possible, what are the advantages of an IRA over a solo 401k?

The only cited disadvantage I have seen for solo 401k's are fees to administer them. My broker has no fees, so we can cross that off the list. Given my position to max out a solo 401k and contribute ...
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401k early withdrawal impact on unemployment benefits

I'm helping my SO plan for the worst since being laid off from work two weeks ago. The unemployment office's (Illinois) documentation has lots of convoluted language that among other things seems to ...
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Am I really house poor?

This is my financial situation and I hope that someone can guide me. I have been in the market for a house to buy. There is a house that I like and I wanted to know if I could afford it. I have ...
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How should one account for inflation when planning retirement savings and withdrawals?

Let's say one had a goal of saving $x, in order to live off of (say) 4-5% interest on the principal. How do you then account for inflation? Do you assume some rate and increase how much you would ...
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Calculate the after tax cost of 403(b) contributions?

How can I calculate the value of the pre-tax benefit of contributing to my 403(b) plan through my employer? I am considering leaving this employer and want a value for how much this is worth in case ...