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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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Retirement saving strategy for international people

Currently, I'm a grad student in physics. I am originally from Germany, pursue my PhD in Canada and have not yet made any plans on where I would like to work and live afterwards. A career in academia ...
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Where is this 10%/year mutual fund, stock market, index?

I've been researching life insurance, and got sucked into whole life policy research, and in every article that says it's a bad investment they assume you can invest the money in some 10%/yr return ...
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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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Is there a rule of thumb for how much to save into your pension for retirement?

Pension sites often quote "Use our pension calculator to estimate the amount of pension income you could get when you retire. This will help you decide how much you need to save to get the retirement ...
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How to evaluate an annuity

My mother wants to gift annuities for me and each of my siblings. Great...uh, maybe. I'm concerned that she may be purchasing some expensive crappy investment she doesn't need to achieve what she ...
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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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Where can I invest my retirement savings money, where it is safer than stocks?

I am 30 year old guy and I am interested in investing my money for retirement. Currently, I get 401K from my company. I am also putting $200 a month into Roth IRA account. I also have a savings ...
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Minimum investment per year to make Roth IRA worth it?

So I've decided to start a Roth IRA but talking to a few colleagues of mine they said that there's a few fees and stuff that comes with it such that if you don't put in quite a bit of money each year ...
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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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can bank take 401k money when you foreclose

If you foreclose on a house, can the bank take money from your 401k or any type of retirement? I heard they can take money out of your savings account or any bank account for that matter, but what ...
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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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Advice on TIAA-CREF allocation?

I'm in a TIAA-CREF program, which (I think) is like a 401(k). I say "I think" because I haven't studied 401(k)'s, having never invested in one. My question: is there anything special about TIAA-CREF ...
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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 ...
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While building a retirement portfolio, should the concentration be more on increasing net worth or cash flow?

Most of the articles/blogs/websites on retirement savings concentrate on adding more savings and investments to increase the net worth of an individual. But a higher net worth doesn't imply that a ...
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Advice on where to put money once I've hit the income limits on Roth IRA?

For the past few years I have been contributing to my company-sponsored 401k just enough to get all of their match, and contributing up-to-the-limit in a Roth IRA. I've now reached the income limits ...
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Reached the AGI for Roth IRA - now what?

For the past seven years, I've been contributing to my Roth IRA the max yearly amount. However, this year, my AGI will be above the maximum allowed amount. Couple questions... 1) Am I able to ...
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School or retirement?

Currently, I'm working full time while studying to get my degree. I'm making monthly payments on my other debt, and looking to be completely debt free - with the exception of my student loans - ...
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Are FICA taxes applied before or after contributions to a pre tax 401k?

When I make contributions to my employer's pre-tax 401k account, are FICA taxes applied before or after making the contributions?
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Which investment companies offer great online service and low cost index funds? I want to do everything online

I currently use Vanguard. I tried to move my wife's Roth to Vanguard but the process is absolutely terrible. The PDF form they generate for the rollover could not be printed (tried multiple browsers ...
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With the likelihood of disability, should I save for retirement?

My brother recently qualified for disability pay at 34 years old for blindness. He and I both have the same degenerative disease. I'm three years younger than he is and will most likely require ...
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Is the stock market too risky for long term retirement funds? Why should a 20- or 30-something person invest in stocks?

Given the crash of 2008, how do you explain to a person in their 20's or 30's why a good portion of their retirement funds should go into the stock market? (And if you wouldn't, what would you ...
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Should a $150K mortgage @ 6% be paid off with $150K withdrawn from a 401K at retirement?

Should a $150K, 30 year mortgage @ 6% be paid off with $150K withdrawn from a 401K account at retirement?
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How do I determine how much money to put into pre-tax and post-tax retirement accounts?

Is there a good rule of thumb for determining how much money to put into each type of account? I'm not at a point where I can max both my 401k, my ROTH IRA, and my wife's ROTH IRA, so I'd like to know ...
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How much money do I need to have saved up for retirement?

I'm 29, and just started a new job with an excellent mandatory retirement plan. I contribute 5.5 percent of my salary and my employer deposits an amount equal to 8.5 percent of my salary. I have a ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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DIY retirement savings plans for Canadian small business?

I work for a small business that currently offers no retirement plan. A few of my coworkers and I are more or less couch potato investors, but we each manage our own self-directed RRSPs or mutual fund ...
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Do adult student's retirement accounts affect financial aid?

Does anybody know whether, for financial aid purposes, colleges (2 or 4 year) will look at an adult student's 401(k)/IRA/pension or other retirement assets when determining financial aid? Please ...
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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 ...
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Vanguard retirement portfolio suggestions for my 403(b)?

I'm 28 years old and going to start my 403(b) retirement investment. My investment contributions will be 5% by me and 5% by my employer. I'm planning to invest 8% in pretax and 2% in Roth. The ...
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What is the difference between 401(k) accounts in the U.S. and RRSPs in Canada?

What are the major differences between the two?
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Are RRSP investment accounts, in Canada, available to temporary residents?

Is it possible for a temporary (non-citizen) long term (leaving in 2 years) resident in Canada to obtain RRSPs? Is it advisable?
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Is it better to purchase a condo or save more for retirement?

I rent and can't help but feel that I'm wasting my money. With the prices for condos so competitive currently, I'm wondering if it would make sense to stop contributing to my 403b and save up for a ...
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Should I try to max contribute to my Roth IRA asap?

Assuming that I can afford it: should I try to max contribute ($5k) to my Roth IRA as soon as possible in the tax year or break up the contributions evenly throughout the year?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Explain the details and benefits of rebalancing a retirement portfolio?

What exactly does rebalancing entail? Does it mean that if I originally had 50% in stocks and 50% in bonds and my stocks do amazingly well that I end up with 75% in stocks and 25% in bonds that I ...
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Any experience with maxing out 401(k)?

I'm 23 right now, and I'm currently contributing about 6% of my salary to a 401(k) with an employer that matches 20% of my contribution up to 6%. Based on various calculators, continuing at this rate ...
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Is there a site that compares IRAs by different companies?

I'm planning on opening a Roth IRA in the very near immediate future (by this year's end, if not sooner). Is there a place I can go to see the different pros/cons of IRAs offered by different ...
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Wandering EU worker: Pension / retirement fund if working in multiple countries?

I am European, always worked in Europe in many different countries, and I have pension funds scattered around all the old continent. The EU legal system does not allow pension fund transfer among ...
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When should I switch from after-tax to pre-tax retirement savings?

I am contributing to my employer's Roth 401(k). The consensus in this question is that when you're young you should make your retirement contributions after-tax so that they grow tax free, and that ...
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Is my company 401k okay or should I be using an IRA?

My company does not have a matching 401k. Instead it is a profit sharing 401k. How should I approach this? Should I consider investing primarily in an IRA instead? How much should I be ...
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Long Term Cash-Equivalent ETFs for “cash” allocation

My retirement account goal analyzer advises that I keep 3% in cash. My retirement date is over 30 years from now, so I can tolerate heavy volatility and certainly don't need liquidity. Does it make ...
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If I make over 120k a year, what are my options for retirement plans?

I will be starting a job on Monday that yearly will net me in excess of 120k. I know that this income exceeds the maximum earnings for a Roth IRA and I'm sure other things. I'm a complete newbie when ...
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Are age-related funds a good idea (Fidelity Freedom, T Rowe Price retirement etc.)

Just curious what the consenus is on just dumping 100% of your 401k into one of the age related mutual funds. My 401k is through Fidelity and they have "FreedomFunds" which retirement dates. So I ...