Questions tagged [retirement]

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Source of funds for formation of IRA-owned LLC

I've been reading the excellent book The Self Directed IRA Handbook by Mat Sorensen. My understanding is that I can achieve personal control of the checkbook for my retirement investments by forming ...
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529 vs IRA for kids education and future scholarship

I have young kids going in preschool. I have already started investing in 529. However, many of my friends mention that if I invest single penny in 529 plan for my kids, they will miss out on any ...
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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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Saving question - I do not know where to start

I just finished my degree and I have been working in Malaysia for 3 months. Let's say that every month I have a salary of $2,550 and my expenses are: $300 taxes $500 to parent $300 toward ...
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Father retired a little early doesn't need 401k but should he move it to Roth IRA?

My father recently retired at 63. He has some money in his 401k (the provider is ADP) and they keep emailing him with an advertisement telling him the ramifications of withdrawing any money out early ...
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50% portfolio in single stock, JPM - appropriate for 80 year old?

I've recently taken a look at my 80-year old mother's finances, run by a money manager at Morgan-Stanley. Half of her $3.5M portfolio is in a single stock, namely JPM = J.P. Morgan. This seems to ...
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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 are some long term and low risk investment options for someone closer to retirement?

I started late. I’m 50 and have about $200k in savings, no debt and a small mortgage with $200k/year in salary. I have $300k in 401k. I’d like to put that $200k somewhere other than the bank. I don't ...
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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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401k Taxes (USA) — Traditional vs Roth (not IRA)

Good afternoon, Looking for the 401k tax pros out there. I have four primary 401k tax related questions: 1) Income Tax Bracket at Retirement: When retiring and "cashing out" on a trad 401k: I ...
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If I'm 25 and work 10 years to cover the 40 credits required to qualify for Social Security, will my payments be indexed to inflation when I retire?

If I'm 25 and work for the next 10 years to cover the 40 credits required to qualify for Social Security, will my payments be indexed to inflation when I retire?
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How safe is the 4% rule if U.S. returns trend towards World returns?

I keep hearing about the 4% rule. I know it's based on historic returns, but aren't those returns based on U.S. stocks, at a time when the U.S. was ascending to the peak of "world superpower" ...
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Are the fees on this 401k plan too much?

My employer uses a relatively new company called "Human Interest" for our 401(k)s. I have 401(k) accounts with Fidelity and TransAmerica from former employers, and I'm trying to decide which is best. ...
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Am I on the right track? Feedback welcome!

Here's my situation: 43 y/o, married w/ two kids under 10. I'm in a defined benefit program and I have a formula where I can retire at 60 with 2% of my highest salary times the number of service ...
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“One should save about 15% of their income for retirement.” What assumptions are implicit 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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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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Is the math wrong on these future value and draw-down calculations?

Let's say I plan on retiring in 10 years, have some IRAs (401(k) rollovers), a conservatively invested taxable account and plan on contributing 15% to my 401(k) until I retire. I'm using round ...
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Take Social Security at 65 or spend retirement savings

What is better? To retire at 65 1/2 and spend nothing but retirement savings until reaching age 70. At 70 take social security for both me and my wife and get the maximum benefit. I would spend $...
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Traditional IRA with No Deduction Allowed

Martha is a W-2 employee, lives in the U.S., and works for a company that doesn't offer a 401(k). She is maxing out her traditional IRA every year 2010-2019 but she is not qualified to take any ...
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What is the best asset allocation for a retirement portfolio, and why?

Based on financial conversations I've had with trusted family members, I believe that asset allocation is one of the more critical things to "get right" during retirement savings. Based on an ...
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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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alternative to reverse/Balloon mortgage

Hypothetically, suppose a person who is close to retirement, who has comfortable savings that will last his/her lifetime( if need not to pay monthly mortgage) and is close to retirement and has 2 or 3 ...
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Reasons to invest in 401k vs pay off loan in 1 year?

I have ~$70k across 401k and Roth IRA. I have federal student loan at $17k with 3.8%. Thus, my NW is $53k. If I choose to invest $19k into my 401k and assume the average rate of return of 7%, my 401k ...
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What to do w/ extra money in bank account?

I'm privileged/blessed. I'm 38, I have a healthy emergency fund, I max out my IRAs (mine and my wife's), and I am making a good bit of money above that every year now. What should I do with that extra ...
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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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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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Is selling in IRA and then buying similar stock in regular account a wash sale?

Suppose I buy 10 shares of XXXX at $300 in my IRA account on Jan 2nd for total $3,007. XXXX drops to $250 on Jan 10th and I then buy 10 shares in my taxable account for a cost of $2,507. On Jan ...
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How to maximize my retirement money?

I am 69 years old, have $200,000 in a savings account, and $1000 a month in social Security. I have $30,000 in car debt. I rent, but really would like to own some type of housing. Really worried about ...
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What compounding frequency should I choose for this retirement calculator if I invest not in bonds, but in S&P500

I am trying to use a retirement savings/investment calculator using this: https://www.getsmarteraboutmoney.ca/calculators/compound-interest-calculator/ I chose initial investment of $1500, monthly ...
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Is this claim fraudulent: “I Can't Believe This $16,728 Social Security Bonus Was So Easy”? [duplicate]

When I browse the Motley Fool Website, I see an advertisement that says "I Can't Believe This $16,728 Social Security Bonus Was So Easy", and it seems a fraud. Does any one on this forum have ...
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When is paying into a UK pension bad tax planning? (LTA)

UK Pensions are great for the tax breaks that they give as you pay into them (up to 45%), and as the pension generates value, but if you exceed the lifetime allowance (LTA = £1,055,000 in 2019-2020) ...
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How risky is real estate?

I have a friend who plans to retire by putting all of his money in local real estate. He makes a huge return on investment on the property he has now - something like 25%. Fundamentally, I think ...
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Medicare and living in Mexico

If a US citizen moves to Mexico, can he/she live in a town near the border, maintain his/her coverage of Medicare and come to the US for medical care? He/she would want his medical care to be paid for ...
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Investing in a Roth IRA with a Personal Loan?

Okay this might be a dumb question but here it goes. Does it at all make sense to invest in a Roth IRA contributing the max by taking out a loan? So say I take out a $6k loan at the beginning of the ...
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Put savings in Shares or Superannuation

I am 25 and live in Australia. As such my employer must pay 9.5% of my wage into a superannuation retirement account. I have and continue to save and currently have 18k in a savings account earning ...
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Are UK pensions taxed twice?

I, like many, have a workplace pension. I pay taxes through PAYE and file a self assessment covering all other income. My understanding is that your personal pension pot is 25% tax free then you pay ...
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How can a stay-at-home parent save for retirement?

With my wife transitioning to a stay-at-home mom role, how can we save so she can retire? She won’t be able to contribute to her 401k and I don’t think we qualify for a Roth IRA based on my income. ...
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Those retiring early - what other steps can I take to ensure retirement at 50?

I want to retire early (am 40 - want to retire by 50). For those who have done it in and around that time (without inheriting a ton of money from someone) what steps or things can I do to help make ...
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How much money do I lose when I move from defined benefit pension plan to a hybrid pension plan

I am moving from a company with a defined benefit pension plan to one with a hybrid pension plan(DB + DC). I understand that the defined benefit pension plan uses a set formula to calculate the ...
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Risks of selecting a pension plan in the USA

I am looking at a possible employment opportunity with a state-affiliated institution in the United States. They offer a couple of options for retirement plans, and one of them is a pension plan. Of ...
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Why would I ever invest in a traditional IRA over a Roth IRA

I've read many articles in the past about the differences between Roth IRAs and Traditional IRAs and no matter how I read it, it always seems like the author leaves some detail out that makes the ...
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Should I stop contributing to retirement accounts, and instead focus on expanding our real estate investments?

My wife and I are in our later 30s and make about $100,000 per year from salary. We also net about $40,000 from rental properties that we have purchased over the past several years. Our essential ...
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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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Formula for retirement withdrawal amount same as principal decreases

I created a retirement calculator The idea is if you save enough you can so when you withdraw say 4% you don't eat too much into your savings. But based on my calculation 4% of 500000 is $20k but ...
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Should I pay off my mortgage, begin retirement savings, or build my emergency fund?

My Goal I am trying to calculate how best to apply my income to my various goals. For the sake of simplicity, I'm interested in the balance between three specific goals: Paying down my mortgage ...
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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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Retirement Conversion to whole life insurance or not

Both my husband and I had term life insurance policies that were convertible at age 60 to whole life. I am 67 and converted mine years ago. My younger husband is reaching the deadline date for ...
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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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Is it worth investing in 401(k) if a company doesn't do matching?

The company offers 401(k) but doesn't match your contribution at all. In this case, it worth investing in 401(k)? For what reasons might a 401(k) be preferred over an IRA if there is no match?
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Residential requirement for Canadian living abroad to collect pensions?

I have been told by numerous individuals that one is required to return to Canada for a certain period of time, whilst living abroad, in order to continue to collect my Senior benefits from the ...