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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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0answers
84 views

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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3answers
82 views

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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3answers
158 views

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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1answer
200 views

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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3answers
201 views

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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1answer
345 views

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 ...
2
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1answer
183 views

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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2answers
148 views

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 ...
7
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1answer
241 views

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 ...
7
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1answer
148 views

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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1answer
115 views

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 ...
7
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2answers
210 views

When purchasing an IRA, should I contribute to a previously-opened one, or open a new one?

In general - all things being equal with regards to fund availabilities, fees, etc - is it better to add funds to an existing IRA each year, or open new ones? Are there different tax benefits to ...
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2answers
122 views

How many IRAs can I open/add-to/purchase in a given year for my family?

I want to plan for my children's futures - and while I believe I understand from articles at Fool.com, Smartmoney, and Forbes, is that I cannot purchase an IRA, as such, for them: it needs to be done ...
6
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1answer
511 views

Moving money from my savings account to an IRA - why am I paying taxes on it?

I'm planning to move money from my savings account to a new IRA account, but I don't understand why I'll be charged penalties for withdrawing the money. Why do I have to pay extra taxes to take my ...
5
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5answers
276 views

Is there any reason at all to have a traditional IRA if you already have a 401k and earn more than a certain amount?

I was not aware that if you have a work-sponsored retirement plan, then traditional IRA contributions are pre-tax only if your salary is low enough (according to this). Given that, is there any ...
6
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1answer
386 views

Investment methods for a US non-resident alien, living in the US for the next 2-5 years only

If an employer does not offer a 401k plan, what options do I have to invest in stocks, bonds, ETFs, etc.? Would a Roth account be a viable option considering I will probably be in the US for 2-5 more ...
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6answers
2k views

why is the money withdrawn from traditional IRA taxed at the ordinary income tax rate?

When money is withdrawn from a traditional IRA account, why is the money taxed at the rate same as for ordinary income, instead of capital gain tax rate? In other words, what is the rationale for it? ...
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3answers
194 views

where to get stock price forecast

I am new to stock market so please be patient with me if my question does not make sense. I have an IRA account with Fidelity. Their research tool is good and shows analysts opinion of stocks i am ...
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1answer
41 views

How do IRA conversions actually work?

I understand what IRA conversions are and how they work in theory, but I would like someone who has actually done one (or a few) to explain how it works in practice. What is the process for the ...
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1answer
76 views

What tax-free retirement accounts are available for self-employed individuals?

I'm self employed, so I've started to look at what my options are for saving (tax-free) for retirement. Of course I can do an IRA or Roth IRA, but those have lower caps than a 401k. I had thought ...
11
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3answers
513 views

Own my home, have no debt, and must start taking RMDs on an Inherited IRA. What should I do?

My father passed away and I have a sizable amount of money in an inherited IRA (about 2 times my yearly salary). I don't have any debt to pay off as I already own my home, auto, no credit card debt, ...
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3answers
167 views

IRA contributions in a bear (bad) market: Should I build up cash savings instead?

I have a retirement account (not a 401k with a match, just an individual retirement account) and over the last few years have gotten statement after statement of losses on the value of my retirement ...
6
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1answer
187 views

What is the maximum amount that can be held in a traditional or Roth IRA?

What is the maximum amount of money that one can have saved in an IRA? I'm not referring to contributions, but the total amount before withdrawing any money.
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3answers
103 views

What benefits does investing in a traditional IRA give you, if you are not able to take the deduction?

There are bunch of reasons you would be not allowed to take a traditional IRA contribution deduction (income, spouse's 401k can make things difficult, etc). If you weren't able to take the deduction ...
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4answers
5k views

Typical return for an IRA? How can I assess if my returns were decent?

The year to date return on my IRA is currently 5.3%, the DJIA is 9.5%, and the NASDAQ is at 7.7%. Is this normal or should I be disappointed? I'm just starting to pay attention to this kind of ...
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4answers
148 views

What are the IRAs tax deduction limits when contributing to both Traditional and Roth IRAs?

If I fall into the phase-out range for a tax deduction on a Traditional IRA can I contribute to said account up to my tax deduction limits for said accounts then contribute the rest of my $ to a Roth ...
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5answers
4k views

Ideal net worth by age X? Need comparison references

Is there a website resource that gives suggestions for how much savings or net worth I should have at any given age, based on my education level and salary? I'm in my 30s, have no debt, and have been ...
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3answers
3k views

Saving for retirement: How much is enough?

How to save I'm in my late twenties and am trying to get started off on the right foot saving for retirement. I have learned that retirement savings should usually be placed in retirement accounts in ...
2
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2answers
375 views

At retirement age, can I roll my IRA variable annuity into a bank IRA?

I have reached retirement age and have a variable annuity with Hartford. I would like to get out of the annuity and roll over into a bank account IRA. I have held the product for 12 years and there ...
7
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3answers
133 views

Fees and Individual Retirement Accounts

I recently resigned from a full-time position where I saved for retirement via a 401(k). I'm now self-employed, but I want to make sure my retirement plan stays on track. I spoke with an investment ...
3
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3answers
1k views

What are the advantages/disadvantages of a self-directed IRA?

I recently learned of self-directed IRAs. Here is how it works: I open a self-directed IRA account with a company that acts as a custodian of my account (here is a short list of such companies). I ...
8
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4answers
381 views

Who buys variable annuities?

Last year the people making my taxes suggested a variable annuity instead of my traditional IRA. This variable annuity was supposed to guarantee 8% return year after year with no exception or market ...
9
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1answer
932 views

Any Experience with the Gone Fishin' Portfolio?

In doing research on How to Select IRA Investments, I stumbled across the Gone Fishin' Portfolio. This link where I found out about the portfolio claims that it is based on the 1990 economics Nobel ...
4
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1answer
141 views

How to Select IRA Investments?

I'm helping a friend roll over his 401K into an IRA. How can I advise him as he selects what to invest his money in? Factors I know to consider: Rate of return over 1, 3, 5, and 10 years (and ...
6
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2answers
208 views

Beneficiary IRAs and Required Minimum Distributions

If you receive a (non-spousal) Beneficiary-traditional IRA as a beneficiary due to death, is there a way to avoid taking a Required Minimum Distribution until your own retirement age? Or are you ...
6
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2answers
2k views

Why won't my retirement account let me write a “covered put”?

My retirement account (a traditional IRA) will let me write a covered call, where I sell a call option if I have the underlying securities (for instance, 100 shares of IBM). The shares are required to ...
4
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4answers
264 views

What happens to a tax deferred retirement account when you reach retirement age?

There always seem to be tons of articles about maximizing the amount money in your 401ks and your IRAs, but there doesn't seem to be much talk about what happens to those accounts when you get to ...
12
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2answers
483 views

Can you have a Roth IRA and a traditional IRA? What about two separate IRA accounts of the same type?

I'm interested in starting a new brokerage account somewhere. I would like to "test the waters" before transferring my entire IRA to them. Is there any law against having a completely separate IRA ...
4
votes
1answer
119 views

What kind of traditional IRA should I use to hold funds from old employer 401K plans?

Further to another question I asked , if I am going to open a traditional IRA to hold funds consolidated from old 401K plans, what should I be looking at for the most flexibility? There are lots of ...
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1answer
488 views

What are the differences between a “traditional” IRA and a Roth IRA?

I hear that a traditional IRA offers a tax deduction whereas a Roth IRA doesn't, but there's got to be more to it than that: What makes a Roth IRA any good, if it doesn't provide a tax deduction? ...