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I'm not broke, but I'm feeling stuck on a fixed income

I'm living on a fixed disability income, with little hope of ever being able to work again. I cannot receive any income of any kind while on disability (or I have to pay it back anyway, and risk ...
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Where should I invest if my new 401(k) provider doesn't offer a low risk option?

My company is changing 401(k) providers. I have my small nest egg in a guaranteed interest account with the current provider. The new provider does not offer a fixed interest account. Furthermore, ...
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Best way for for soon to turn 18 to learn about money?

What resources are available for me to learn about finance, money management, stocks, bank accounts, 401k, loans, IRA, checking account, etc.? I am turning 18 soon and I have zero knowledge of ...
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How do I split my income with my wife?

I want to split my income with my wife in order to save on taxes. I have a corporation, however, my wife does not currently work for my company. What is the best way for us to split our incomes while ...
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How to calculate the potential difference of putting money into buying my house vs paying it into a pension

I've been wondering for a while if I would be better off stopping my pension payments and paying the money off my mortgage and paying it off more quickly. Then I would rent out the house and start ...
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Does the following kind of retirement product exist?

Say I am 65 and want to retire and I have saved up $1 million over my lifetime. I also want to use this money up before I die because I have no heirs. Let's say the average life span of humans is 85 ...
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FSA when a retirement agreement has been put into place

If I take advantage of retirement incentive in which I agree in November to retire effective June 30 of the the following year, can I may I make the same elections for the FSA as if no such ...
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Options for retirment investing if no company 401K available

Due to some unexpected circumstances and poor planning in 2014 neither my wife nor I have been able to contribute to a company run 401K plan. My employer does not offer a retirement plan benefit yet ...
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Is the new myRA retirement savings account option worth it?

I just recently looked into investing (as a 26 year old, I know I'm slightly late to the game). But the myRA option looked appealing. However, I couldn't find an abundance of information on it, as I ...
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Why is a Roth 401(k) good if there is a long time before retirement?

This article from Fidelity mentions that the longer you have before retirement, the more likely it is that you should choose a Roth 401(k) over a traditional 401(k). This point is mentioned ...
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What investment options should I pick for my superannuation/retirement investments?

Right now, all my savings are in high interest (3.73%) savings accounts, and I've tried the stock market, but I have stopped for now due to my low capital not yielding enough to win against the broker ...
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Tax deferred savings limits and early retirement possibilities

I've been listening to some financial independence podcasts where people claim that if you save 75% of your income into tax deferred retirement accounts, you wind up paying no income tax even with an ...
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Any compelling reason to contribute to a 401k if my employer doesn't match?

My employer does not match 401k contributions at all. Currently, I do not make any contributions to a 401k or an IRA due to a need for liquidity. Aside from the obvious gains incurring no tax ...
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How much should a 24 year old contribute to a pension?

Im 24 and going to set up a pension. I don't know how much to contribute. Can anyone give any advice on how much they think I should contribute? My employer doesn't offer any pension benefits and I'm ...
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How do I assess the performance of a Kiwisaver scheme?

In New Zealand we have a long-term savings scheme called Kiwisaver. Essentially, a percentage of your income that you designate (3, 4 or 8%) is funnelled to this saving fund, along side your PAYE ...
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Why should I choose a 401(k) or IRA over a standard brokerage account?

401(k)'s and other retirement accounts have limits on restrictions on when your money can be withdrawn. But let's say I score a job making a huge sum, can save a lot, and want to retire decades early. ...
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How can we determine how much income our savings could generate if we purchase an annuity?

I am 62 and my wife is 56. We have almost 1.5 M in retirement investment and 250 K in non retirement investments. I was wondering if we both retire in 6 years and turn all our investment into annuity, ...
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At what point is it most advantageous to cease depositing into a 401k?

I have a spreadsheet that shows me some various statistics about my 401k and I notice that assuming an average overall growth of 10%, my 401k contribution will be less than 1% of the yearly gain of ...
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Employer time requirements to transfer from paycheck to 401(k)

Are there any rules or requirements as to a time frame of when money is removed from a paycheck and when the money is posted into a retirement account? My current 401(k) receives funds from my ...
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How can I transfer and consolidate my 401k's and other options?

I have read on Personal Finance & Money that you can keep any and all of the 401(k)s or other options that you've had through previous employers. But how are you able to transfer them all into ...
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What retirement plans/options should i pick for a relatively unstable career path?

Precursor: I work in the software industry and as such, I'm pretty subjected to the massive instability: possibly no demand, and also i don't expect to be able to keep up with the technology when i'm ...
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Exempt from US Social Security, too few credits for benefits

I am an employee of a US state government which does not participate in Social Security, so neither I nor my employer pay Social Security taxes. (My employer offers a defined-contribution plan ...
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Are retirement contributions for temporary workers in Canada mobile?

I am an American citizen about to start a temporary three-year position in Canada. It's possible but unlikely that I will settle in Canada permanently. Will I be required to contribute to a ...
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Does it make sense to take out student loans to start an IRA?

Let's say you're an undergraduate student, and you're eligible to take out more money than you need to pay for school expenses (at a fixed interest rate of 4.66%). Due to compounding, it's always best ...
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Which is better: Guaranteed 7% or projected/historical 8%

In deciding between maxing out 7% interest rate student loan repayment on the other hand, and investing in a SPY ETF on the other there are essentially two factors: 1) Is a projected/historical 8% ...
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Roth vs Traditional Investing assuming same tax bracket in retirement

I've done a little (simplified) math to determine the difference in investing in a Roth account and a Traditional retirement account. I'm assuming that I will be in the same tax bracket in retirement ...
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What are the downsides that prevent more people from working in high-income countries, and then retiring in low-income (and cost of living) ones?

Having experienced living in several different countries, the reality of different salary ranges and different costs of living has struck me. You can work at a high salary country and make huge ...
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How are retirement needs calculated for a couple with disparate ages?

Given typical assumptions about changes in expenditures in retirement versus earning years, retirement advice and calculators do not appear to adequately address retirement planning for couples with ...
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Paying for Long Term Care Insurance for relative

My mother-in-law (in her 60s) has no assets, and a pension (state and Social Security combined) of less than $700 month when she retires. Currently, I'm paying for LTCI ($150/day, 90-day elimination, ...
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Need exit strategy for aging mother who owns aging rental properties, please

I'm terrified for my 71-year-old mother's immediate future. She owns 12 residential rentals. We desperately need an exit strategy but she owes as much as or more than market value, and cannot afford ...
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Is it okay to be married, 30 years old and have no retirement?

I am a 31 year old attorney with a 10 month old baby. I make $130K a year. My husband is also an attorney, and makes approx. $60K a year. WE both do not have any retirement savings or college ...
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Setting and measuring risk profile target for retirement account

I understand that as you age you want to slowly lower the risk profile of your retirement account, but how should I determine how much risk I should take on currently and how do I measure how much ...
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What to do if I get refunded by my 401k for being considered HCE?

If my employer gives back some of the money I put away on my 401k because I am considered a HCE, can I turn around and put it back into an IRA to avoid paying taxes and penalties that year? I am over ...
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Early withdrawal from retirement appears to have been penalized at 35% (on top of regular income taxes), 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 ...