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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 ...
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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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Why would you not want to rollover a previous employer's 401(k) when changing jobs?

Are there any valid reasons to not rollover a former 401(k) when changing jobs? I have several little ones that I never quite got around to rolling together - with an upcoming job change, should they ...
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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 ...
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Retirement Funds: Betterment vs Vanguard Life strategy vs Target Retirement

I'm a 20 something grad student and would like to open a hands off retirement account with beta exposure to the market and would make monthly contributions. I'm fairly illiterate when it comes to ...
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How much should I save each month so I can retire early, in my Third World country?

I live in a 3rd-world country. I earn $500/month. How much percentage of my income should I save each month, if I plan for early retirement? Currently I am saving 30% of my income. Is there any ...
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What is the best resource for determining a specific age-based asset allocation?

I found a lot of information about how to allocate between stocks and bonds based on age, but I cannot find much about the proper allocation between domestic/international assets, large cap/small cap, ...
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Will someone be disadvantaged working longterm as a Contractor vs Permanent Employee

What is the difference in the long run (when you compare at retirement) between a Contractor and a Permanent employee, assuming someone choses to work in one for their whole life? Will the pension be ...
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Expected total principal + gains from a vanguard life cycle account upon retirement after 33 years?

If one maxes out his Roth IRA starting from age 26, investing only into a vanguard target 2045 (lifecycle) fund, what amount can he expect to withdraw at retirement at age 59? I did a quick check ...
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When is a SEP IRA appropriate, can a Roth IRA suffice for self-employed individuals?

I am a self-employed individual working in the software industry; my current salary is commensurate to the market value of a software developer with 5 years of experience. I have not yet opened up a ...
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Roth or Traditional IRA if getting a dramatic increase in income this year?

So I just learned that it's not too late to fund an IRA for 2012. With a week left and never having done this before, I now get to decide which type I want to open. Based on my (really vague) ...
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Is Tradeking collecting too much information when I open an Roth IRA?

I recently signed up with Tradeking a Roth IRA account. During registration, I entered my home address DOB and SSN. I was ok with it. But then Tradeking started sending me emails (1) the first one ...
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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 ...
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How do I estimate the future level of my Roth IRA?

Short version: If I know a) how much is in my Roth IRA currently, b) that I plan to maximize my annual contributions, c) the average growth rate is 8%, and d) I'm 22 and plan to invest in my IRA until ...
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Can I open a Roth IRA with more than one company at a time?

This may be a really silly question, but I was looking at my TD Ameritrade account online, and it says front and center that my maximum 2013 contribution is $5500. I'm assuming the limit is imposed ...
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Who decides, and how, each year's increase in the Canada Pension Plan's YMPE value?

I know the Canada Pension Plan's Yearly Maximum Pensionable Earnings value (YMPE) is used for the following: to determine the annual limit for payroll contributions to the Canada Pension Plan for ...
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How to avoid tax when taking a windfall in small chunks?

My software company has no employees but me, and makes a million dollars a year. I expect it will do so for about 3 more years and then close its doors. I'm 30 years old. My family lives below our ...
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When to apply for RRQ (Régie des rentes du Québec) benefits: earlier, age 65, or later?

My 60 yr old spouse just retired on RREGOP. Should she wait until she's 65 to take RRQ (Régie des rentes du Québec), or even 70, or should she take it now, early, at 60? I am semi retired myself. I ...
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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 ...
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Multiple accounts stagnant after quitting job.

So I made the move to quit my job of over 10 years a few months back and have never been happier. My one problem is that I now have some accounts that I feel that I could be doing more with. I had ...
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Retirement formula for annual compound interest with changing principal

I'm trying to calculate how much money I'd have to put away each month for the next 20 years, to be able to withdraw 50,000 a year for 20 years after that (a retirement calculation). The issue that's ...
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What determines a tax resident in Florida

As a retired non-US person. I am planning to purchase a vacation home in Florida. I am told i am only allowed to reside there for a maximum of 60 days each calendar year, any longer and I will be ...
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How do you go about calculating how much you need after retirement?

I am posting this question after reading this article on WSJ, where it says: Just 42% of working-age Americans have even tried to calculate what they will need in retirement, according to the ...
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Why is retirement planning so commonly recommended?

I'm just graduating college, and I'm starting to educate myself on economics, finance, and investing, and everything I see is sort of screaming at me "PLAN YOUR RETIREMENT!!" Now, I know this sounds ...
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Penalties for cashing out on a SIMPLE IRA early

I want to know what are the penalties that an individual will face if they withdraw on a SIMPLE IRA outside of a hardship distribution? (Additionally) I noticed in another post someone mentioned a '2-...
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Should I open an individual 401k account?

I am looking for some advice on what to do with the Money from a previous employer 401k. I currently have the checks that were issued to the trust of my new employer's 401k service. I have not sent ...
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How do I obtain the foreign equivalent of homeowner's insurance when buying a vacation home in another country?

I am considering purchasing a property in another country as a vacation home. I'll continue to live in the US (nation of citizenship), but may consider using the foreign home as a retirement locale, ...
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What does it mean if my firm's retirement pension (not 401K) plan is incrementally vested?

I'm beginning work at a firm with an incrementally vested retirement pension (not 401K) plan that is incrementally vested for 20% for each of the first five years. After five years, I'm 100% vested. ...
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What are my options if I am not eligible for my 401-K plan?

I was contributing the maximum amount to my former employer that closed down in June 15, 2012. I started a new job on Sep 10, 2012 but I will not be eligible to participate in my new employer's 401-K ...
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History of full retirement age: when were there policy changes?

The full retirement age is the age at which at which a person may first become entitled to full or unreduced retirement benefits. On the webpage of the Social Security Administration (http://www....
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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 I'...
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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 ridiculous!...
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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?