Questions tagged [retirement-plan]

This tag should be used for any questions related to schemes for retirement or post-retirement planning or saving. A country specific tag should also be used if the question pertains to specific geography. There are some tags specific for certain retirement plans like 401k, roth-401k, rrsp that can also be used.

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What is a 3(21) or 3(38) fiduciary? [321, 338]

My financial guy mentioned different kinds of fiduciaries by number, 3(21) and 3(38). What do they mean? Where are they defined?
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Can a previous employer contribute to my closed 401k after termination

I was terminated in late January of 2020 by my previous employer. I had worked for them for 5 years and 2 months. I had over 5k in my 401k account and withdrew it all a couple days after termination (...
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Is it possible to retire investing $20,000 a year for 43 years? [closed]

If I put $20,000 a year in a retirement fund for 43 years, is it possible to reach $1,000,000 in 43 years?and if so, what retirement funds are good to invest? And I am talking about a retirement fund ...
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How much should you put in a 401k plan?

I am making ~$145,000 per year and was wondering if it is wise to contribute 12% pre-tax to my 401k? Is this too much? Is there any disadvantage in contributing nothing? I am already well off (come ...
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Excess contribution to 403b

We had 39000 taken out from our payroll last year and put into the company 403b plan. Now we realize that this is more than the 25000 allowed. (19000 + 6000 over 50 years old) How can we handle ...
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Do employers receive any financial benefit from offering a RRSP/401K matching program? [duplicate]

I understand that companies that offer RRSP matching programs may be more attractive to work for/have better employee retention, and the employers may get warm fuzzies from offering it to their ...
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Is employee's 401(k) contribution still a tax deduction for employer through “wages paid”?

Small business owners can claim wages paid to employees as tax deduction. If one of his employees would elect to contribute $15K of his salary into 401(k) account then would the employer still be able ...
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Why are Vanguard's 2050 and beyond target retirement date funds badly underperforming the S&P?

At work, we're in the process from switching from an IRA to a 401(k) and I've been looking at the different fund options. What struck me as very strange was how poorly the Vanguard Target Retirement ...
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Can you retire when owning 3 or 4 houses, and what if you still have to pay mortgage on some of them?

I did some calculations before, and found out if a person own 3 or 4 houses, townhouses, or condos, then the person can probably retire. That's including living in one house, and getting rent from 2 ...
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Can one take retirement benefits from both Europe and the US?

Person A, a German citizen who currently holds a US green card and lives in the US, worked earlier in their life in three different European countries, contributing to various government-sponsored ...
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Is an online “savings withdrawal” calculator a reasonable model for retirement investment draw downs?

I want to calculate a two-phase retirement, with Phase I being the period prior to filing for Social Security retirement benefits, and Phase II being the post-filing period. Is it reasonable to use ...
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Do post-retirement earnings affect the amount of the benefit?

Suppose Person A, who does not have a full 35 years of earnings, and was not a high earner, files for retirement benefits at age 62. The benefits will be rather small. What if Person A starts ...
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Are the low earning spouse's earnings basically irrelevant for Social Security retirement benefit purposes?

Spouse A is in their mid-sixties and was the lower earner by far. Spouse B is five years younger and had a very good salary, but only from the past twenty years. (The previous years' income was zero.) ...
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Can EPF be withdrawn at this time?

I am considering to withdraw my EPF account, will the return amount be lower if removed now, than waiting for the future as my current situation is bad , as i am leaving my organisation.
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I plan to cash out my entire 401k within 2 years, should I maximize my contributions or should I minimize them and invest in money market/index funds?

I have a serious medical issue that makes collecting my 401k benefit a near impossibility. I have about 20k saved up in my 401k and we’ll call it $60k in the market mostly in index funds/ETFs. I ...
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Estimating nest egg and inflation

First a couple paragraphs for me to lay out my understanding and then my actual question. It is often reported that one can estimate how much they need for retirement by taking their current expenses ...
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Retirement Plan Returns Formula

My income after tax is $48,060 and I'm contributing 6% of my income into my retirement account. My estimated income increase is 2.6% per year, which I hope to include in my retirement account. The ...
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What is a Mega Backdoor Roth IRA?

The so-called "Mega Backdoor Roth IRA" was coined in the following article in 2014: I don’t hear about new ideas very often, but here is one that a few people might find very useful. I call it the “...
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Why do baby boomers have to sell 5% of their retirement accounts by the end of the year?

This article on Marketwatch quotes Raoul Pal of Goldman Sachs claiming that baby boomers have to sell 5% of their retirement accounts by the end of the year. Here is the specific passage: Pal says ...
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How long would it take someone born in 1940 to save 25 times their annual salary?

Assume the person starts working at 25 and earns the average salary for whatever year it is at the time (changing every year). Assume that they save 20% of every pay cheque and invest it in an account ...
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Practicality of 30 year fixed mortgage at 55 years of age

I understand that lenders cannot discriminate based on age, but is there really data to support that lenders do not do that? But suppose if one gets the mortgage when he/she is 55 years or older and ...
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What to do if company is not honoring vesting schedule in Pension Protection Act?

Let's say someone works for a company that lets employees contribute to a 401k, and the employer offers a match. Based on my read of the 2006 Pension Protection Act (beginning on p. 2 of the linked ...
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Index funds vs 3 funds financial products for long-term investment / retirement

Some company is trying to sell me financial products where there are 3 funds: Apologies that it's in German. Rough translations: Left one: This fund secures the selected guarantee. Center one: This ...
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DCA into an index? [duplicate]

We have acquired a large sum from the sale of a home and want to invest it responsibly. Our long term return expectation is a mere 6.8%/yr, selected by looking at the worst 20yr stretch of the SP500 ...
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basic retirement planning for someone middle-aged

I'm in my early 40s and haven't done anything for retirement yet. I do own some property which I plan to sell later this year, and I'm planning to use the proceeds to plan for retirement. The proceeds ...
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Is there any loss to removing default 3 fund houses of National Pension Scheme India?

As a government employee in India (CG), we are not allowed to choose aggressive investment strategy in NPS. Apart from that any change in the scheme requires us to choose only one Fund house which I ...
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In one year, what's the maximum I can contribute to RRSP, from past unused contribution room?

My dad is 63 and lives in Ontario.. He maxed out his TFSA. His annual pre-tax income is $50K. Here is a screen-shot of his CRA online account: He never opened a RRSP, thus the $100K must've been ...
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One RA vs multiple RA's (investments in general as well)

I am young and trying to work out how I want to get a retirement annuity sorted. My question is, is it better to put 9 in to one RA, or 3 3 3 in to 3 different RA's? (here I just use the numbers to ...
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Not quite vested in a defined-benefit plan

Another question on this stack made me curious about this: From 1999 to 2003 I worked at an unpleasant place. The retirement plan was a defined benefit plan in which one was vested after 5 years. ...
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Where to save for retirement

TLDR: Given the option to save for retirement in Europe, USA or Japan where is the ideal place to save up money and why? So I'm somewhat of a global citizen who has been moving around the world ...
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How much real rate of return should I assume on a retirement portfolio?

With an annuity calculator I can calculate how much money do I need to collect so I can retire and live off it. I can estimate my monthly living expenses and my remaining lifespan. But I have no good ...
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What are the limitations on rollovers to an IRA?

My friend wants to consolidate his various retirement account accumulated over the past 20-30 years to make it easier to manage/track his retirement savings. He doesn't recall immediately all the ...
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Do I have to pay taxes on external savings?

I am thinking on moving to Canada to work, save for retirement, and move back to Portugal due to the lower cost of living to live my retirement. I will contribute to the Canada Pension Plan and also ...
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TFSA and have $1M dollar after 40 years at 5.5% interest with $500 year bump 2% annual inflation rate : Is it an efficient way to be a millionaire?

Is it true that if I fix 5500 dollars at a TFSA (Tax-Free Savings Account) at 5.5% interest and 500 dollars yearly bump then after 40 years someone will retire with a million dollar? Is it an ...
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Aging parents with no investments

My aging parents (75/77years) own a house on 35+ acres (14+ hectares) in rural NE USA (no mortgage). They have: No investments (other than the obvious property) Savings of maybe $30k in a bank ...
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Have I saved too much for retirement so far?

I currently have a roth ira as well as a 401k from fidelity. I have around 350k in my 401k and another 10k in my Roth IRA. I just turned 40 recently. Am I saving too much for retirement and should I ...
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Ought a 63-year old working hotel employee commence an RRSP?

If I understood Global News, MoneySense, the Wealthy Barber, and Reddit, my dad ought NOT start or contribute to an RRSP! Right? Thanks. Facts He's 63 years old, and has no children under 18. He ...
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How to balance saving for retirement with saving for a house?

Situation: Married w/ kids, 29, about to finish grad school, no debt. Accepted a job offer with $87k salary and an employer contribution to an SEP-IRA equal to $13k/year. No additional household ...
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End balance after x years of an account with fixed interest rate and growing withdrawals

I am looking for a formula to calculate the balance on my savings account after x years whereby this savingsaccount has a fixed interest rate and my withdrawals increase each year (because of ...
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My 401k failed the nondiscrimination test — how to avoid taxable distribution?

As in this question, and this question, my ex-company's 401(k) failed the nondiscrimination test. I've recently received a letter from the company's HR to the effect that I will receive a corrective ...
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Do I need to pay tax in the US on funds withdrawn from a pre-existing PF account in India

I have a PF [retirement] account through my employment in India, before moving to the US in Aug 2012. However, there were no fresh contributions made to this accounts during my residency in the US. ...
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Investing in a target date fund for retirement [closed]

Any suggestions about investing in a Vanguard target date fund 2045 for a Roth IRA? I'm 38 years old. Is 90/10 stocks/bonds too heavy for my age?
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Are Governmental Roth 457b Distributions taxed if someone still works for the employer?

If someone has a Roth 457b plan, they're allowed to withdraw all the cash tax-free after they no longer work for the employer (as long as it's a qualified distribution). But if someone Still Works ...
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Options for non-US person outside US with 401(k)

This question is somewhat related to this one. I'm a non-US person (mid 30s) currently living and working in Europe. Previously, I lived and worked in the US (Massachusetts) for >3 years. In order to ...
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Can I reduce the tax penalty on a 401k loan default by making an additional contribution?

I changed jobs recently, not of my own volition. I'm now rolling over a 401k account with my previous employer to one with my current employer. Three years ago I took a 401k loan with a 10 year term ...
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If your 401(k) doesn't match contributions, should you max out your IRA contributions before contributing to it?

I've seen described three main advantages of 401(k)'s over IRAs: Employers often match 401(k) contributions. If your employer offers a 401(k), then the deductability of contributions to a traditional ...
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Why are the investment options in a 401(k) so limited?

Why is it that with my IRA I can buy individual stocks, ETF's, mutual funds, etc yet in my 401(k) plan I am limited to select funds? Luckily the funds I have to choose from are decent but I can't ...
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How to calculate how long my money would last

I want to calculate how much money I'll need in retirement. For that I want to calculate how long my money will last. I'm not sure if there is a formula for that. Lets say we have this simple ...
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Minimum Required Nest Egg Formula?

As a follow-up to this question, what is the minimum size of a nest egg to support 30 years of $5,583.33 monthly distributions? I want the $5,583.33 to increase with inflation each month. The ...
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Is this a reasonable financial plan? - Spend all of your money every few years? [closed]

Ok, the title is intentionally a bit facetious. But a bit about my current situation. I live in Europe (a high cost of living country) and save around 10,000 Euros per year. I have been doing this ...

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