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Advice on low-risk long-term strategy for extra cash?

Basics no debt; no dependents; early thirties 401K is maxed (5% company match) ESPP is maxed out 10% Roth IRA is maxed out salary is about 115K 100K cash in a checking account Question I am ...
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Rules of thumb for present value of retirement funds given current age and income?

I know the general rule of thumb is you should save 15% of income to retirement, but I'm playing catch-up after years of neglect and contributing 25% until I catch up again. But how will I know when ...
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I have access to a 401K at work but the fees are high. Should I contribute, or do otherwise?

I have a retirement plan 401K from work. The employer does NOT contribute anything. I just enrolled into account and got to know that there are fees associated with the account. The fees is ...
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Which should I prefer, traditional or Roth 401k? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Recent graduate with new job: Choose Roth 401(k), or traditional 401(k)? I'm just a few years out of college, and am starting to put aside some retirement savings. My ...
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Does living in a lower cost area inhibit where one can live later in life?

Can living somewhere with a lower cost of living potentially inhibit someone from living somewhere with a higher cost of living later in life? For example if someone works in a small town with ...
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Can I set up a retirement plan for an LLC with negligible income?

I am currently working as a W2 contractor, with no access to a 401(k) plan through the contracting agency. However, I do own an LLC, with, unfortunately, negligible revenue earnings. Here are my ...
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Appropriate asset allocation for an entrepeneur's portfolio?

I'm a recent college grad (computer science). I was lucky enough to get into some good investments in college and now have $450K in liquid assets. I've decided I'm definitely moving to San Francisco. ...
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Safer investing (401k/savings) assuming there will be another banking crisis?

Assuming one or more of the big investment banks incurs unsustainable investment losses leading to another banking crisis, what is the safest place to invest my 401k?
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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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How should I go about creating an estate plan?

Is having an estate plan important? How should I go about creating an estate plan? Any information about estate planning would be useful.
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How to get started with savings, paying off debt, and retirement?

I am getting married soon and I am in grad school (I get paid a stipend and have a tuition scholarship). I have no retirement plans available to me. My fiancee will be starting her job soon and will ...
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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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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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How to calculate money needed for a retirement based on an hypothetical death date & expenses?

I would like to know what formula or tool I need to use to calculate the capital needed for a hypothetical retirement that will start at date X and end at date Y. Here is an example: Variable1 = ...
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Estimated Value of staying in pension vs withdrawing

My wife is changing jobs, from city government into the private sector. She isn't fully vested on her pension, but has a couple options and I'm not sure about how to figure out which is best. Here's ...
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Should I use retirement savings to reduce mortgage given the following:

I'm fatally ill and that diagnosis is final and there's no doubt I am going to die long before retirement age. I'm married and we have two young children. I have about one year's worth of salary ...
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What are the best retirement plans for a self-employed?

If you don't see yourself as someone who would end up with one (or a few) employer and would have long periods of self-employment, what is the best approach to retirement plans?
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How do you balance the risk of having your wealth tied up?

I'm at the point in my financial life we're I'm ready to start investing for retirement in earnest, and I'm planning to invest 15% of my income into retirement accounts, but I hear a lot of stories ...
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“One should save about 15% of their income for retirement.” What assumptions are tacit in that statement?

I read a lot of websites that say, "I've run the numbers, and you should be saving around X% of your income for retirement in order to be safe, and have fruitful golden years." With X% being a number ...
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Abundance of Cash - What should I do?

There seems to be a glut of information and I don't know where to start. My situation is: No debt/kids Own Home and Vehicles Have a years worth of living expenses in my savings/checking Max out ...
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Can already-retired immigrants get Social Security or other payments from the U.S. government?

My parents are 83+, and became U.S. citizens back in 2001. They were born as Indian citizens. They moved to the USA after they retired in India. Will they be entitled to receive any monthly payments ...
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Protecting an elderly parent's assets / medicaid look-back

I've been asked by a senior to investigate: What are the things one needs to keep in mind with the issue of an elderly parent with some assets (house + some savings) who may need to enter into a ...
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Can I still claim my Hong Kong-based MPF pension if I move elsewhere?

I am 60 year old and I will not be living in hong kong in the future, would I still be able to claim back my mpf?
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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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What are some good next steps for the HENRY?

HENRY (High Earning Not Rich Yet) I'm 37, single, and only in the last two years have I really gotten serious about saving. Current 401k balance is $28,000 I'll probably make about $125,000 Gross ...
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When should I start saving/investing for my retirement?

I just started out with my first job and I was curious, what is a good time when I should start with my long term saving plans? Update: Thanks for the advice and I was expecting that answer. So my ...
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Does this plan make any sense for early 20s investments?

I am currently a sophomore in college and will earn about $4000 from a part-time job in the spring. I was hoping to open up a mutual fund via a Roth IRA from Fidelity after I get all my money since ...
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Financial Advice for Newlyweds

My wife and I are newlyweds, and we are fortunate enough to have little debt and respectable incomes - since StackExchange is neither anonymous or private I won't disclose the real numbers, but I can ...
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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 ...
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Should I include retirement funds in calculating my asset allocation?

When calculating my asset allocation for applying allocation guidelines, should I include my retirement funding or not? You see, my investments have an asset allocation. But then, so do my ...
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401k with paltry match or SPY ETF?

Summary: I read about the SPY ETF here on SE ( Where should my money go next: savings, investments, retirement, or my mortgage? ) and I am curious about JoeTaxpayer's comment specifically on the idea ...
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When you're really young and have about 2K to start investing $ for retirement, why do some people advise you to go risky?

I've heard people suggest (here and in other forums) that you should be willing to take more risks when you are young. Can someone explain what "risky" options are being referred to? I only have ...
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How feasible would it be to retire just maxing out a Roth IRA?

How feasible would it be to retire on just maxed out Roth IRA contributions each year? Obviously this depends very much on how old you are when you start, and your living expenses when you retire. ...
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devastated with our retirement money that we have left

I am 48 and my husband is 54. We have approximately $60,000 left in our retirement accounts. We want to move our money into something so that it will grow. We've been looking at annuities. We've ...
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Put a dollar value on pensions?

A friend of mine who works in another state is advertising help wanted. I'm slowly improving my personal finance techniques, and it seems like this is a good month to look at total compensation and ...
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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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Close to retirement & we may move within 7 years. Should we re-finance our mortgage, or not?

We want to refinance; currently at 6.75% on a 30-year fixed. We are unsure how long we will be in the house but assuming at this time we will want to move within 7 years. I am looking to retire in 3 ...
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Investing in a leveraged index ETF for retirement. Risky?

I'm 23, and in addition to my 401k at work, I have a few thousand saved in an IRA. Right now I have it sitting in Treasurys earning around 3%. Over the past 50 years the S&P has averaged around ...
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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 ...
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Solid reading/literature for investment/retirement/income taxes?

I'm striving for financial literacy and education. I've been really frustrated with most of the literature that's out there surrounding retirement, income taxes, and investment. Most of it seems ...
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How many years do you need to contribute to Social Security to be eligible for benefit payments in retirement?

Recently I have been reading many articles about the insolvency of Social Security and how not to factor it in any retirement income. My questions are: How many years does someone need to pay into ...
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Should I fund retirement with a static asset allocation or an age based glide path?

It seems a lot of people recommend lifecycle funds. They're even an allowed default investment for 401ks now. But given how little I trust Wall Street, I'm curious if there's any quality academic ...
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Do I need to own all the funds my target-date funds owns to mimic it?

I just calculated out that investing my Roth IRA in a Lifecycle fund will cost me about $65k more than investing directly in the underlying funds, effectively doubling the expense ratio. And the funds ...
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How should my nearing-retirement parents handle a lump sum?

My parents are about 5 years from retirement age. Their combined income is around $20,000 a year. They live in a very low cost-of-living area, so they live a pretty simple life without many frills. ...
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Should you always max out contributions to your 401k?

I am a year out of college, and therefore, i don't have any real retirement/investment plans kicked off. I was having a discussion with my boss, and he was making a few claims I would like to get ...
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What is the maximum I can have stored in a traditional 401(k) and a Roth 401(k)?

I know there are annual limits to how much can be contributed (both from the employee and from the employer). But what about over the lifetime of the investment? If I max-out every year (say ...
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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 ...