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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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I'm 18 and have 6 grand. What should I do with it?

I'm 18 and about to go to college. Luckily, I don't have to worry about student loans or most other living expenses. I've been working and have over $6,000 (will probably be about $7,000 by the end of ...
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Can I hire my kid and start a Roth IRA for him?

I own an LLC, of which I am currently the sole member. It's my main source of income. I am wondering if there is a reason why I could not do the following: Hire my child as a part-time employee of ...
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IRS sent me a letter…I messed up by unwittingly taking money out of a Roth IRA and reporting it incorrectly

I recently received a letter from the IRS based on my taxes for 2015. I believe I did not understand the proper workings of a Roth IRA. I was under the impression I could pull my money out and only ...
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Why is half of your IRA Required Minimum Distribution forfeited if you do not make minumum withdrawals by 70.5 years of age?

I do not understand this rule: "IRA confiscates half of your account if you do not make your withdrawals by 70.5 years of age". Why? What does it mean to make withdrawals? Just to request your money ...
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Started new job. Rollover previous employer 401k to new 401k, IRA or Roth IRA?

I recently started a new job and have a 401k from my previous employer that I don't know what to do with. Should I roll it into my new employer's 401k, a traditional IRA or a Roth IRA?
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What are the differences between a “traditional” IRA and a Roth IRA?

I hear that a traditional IRA offers a tax deduction whereas a Roth IRA doesn't, but there's got to be more to it than that: What makes a Roth IRA any good, if it doesn't provide a tax deduction? ...
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401(k) Contribution When Employer Has No Match?

Long time lurker, first time asker here. I've seen some similar questions to mine here, but nothing exactly in the same circumstance. I've seen almost near-consensus that the ordering for investing ...
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How to invest after 401k and Roth IRA are maxed?

I'm in my 20's. I'm a big saver and I think I've covered the basics, including: Paying off all high interest (>3%) debt. Getting the full company match out of my 401k. Maxing out my Roth IRA for the ...
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Should I pay off my student loan before putting money into Roth IRA?

I have about $7K in student loans remaining at 6.25% I also haven't made a contribution to my Roth IRA for 2010. I'm thinking off paying off my loan at the end of the year, but that'll not really ...
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Why do some companies offer 401k retirement plans?

Why do companies offer 401k (or other) retirement plans? Let me elaborate this... I understand that it could be part of an employee's benefits and that a retirement plan option might increase the ...
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Should I open a Roth IRA or invest in the S&P 500?

I am a 24 year old high school teacher. Currently, I don't have that much capital to open two accounts. I would rather focus on one at a time until I gain more capital. Should I start with a Roth IRA ...
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Why are there income limits for Roth IRAs?

Why does the IRS establish a Modified AGI limit for contributions to Roth IRA accounts? I can understand having a limit for Traditional IRA accounts because the government doesn't want to lose out on ...
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Did I make Roth IRA contribution after the deadline?

I opened my Roth IRA account following the Wealthfront recommendation on July 5, 2017 and contributed $5500. I am new to Roth IRA at that time. However, today (Jan 3, 2018) I just know there is a ...
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Are Roth IRA dividends taxable?

Are dividends from a 5+ year old established Roth IRA for a person over 70 1/2 tax free? I understand withdrawals of principal are tax free as they have already been taxed.
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Treat HSA as an IRA?

As I understand it, any funds remaining in a Health Savings Account can be withdrawn for any purpose at age 59 1/2 (subject to ordinary income tax), making an HSA essentially behave like an IRA. Is ...
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Pros, cons, & differences in investing in 401k vs. IRA?

What are some of the pros, cons, and differences of investing in a 401k vs. investing in an IRA (either Roth IRA or regular)?
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Should I “hedge” my IRA portfolio with a life cycle / target date mutual fund?

I'm fully contributing to my Roth IRA every year into a brokerage account that is 100% in mutual funds. I've done basic mutual fund research and picked about 5 different funds that match what would ...
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Can I withdraw Roth 401k contributions penalty-free before age 59.5?

I know that with a Roth IRA, contributions can be withdrawn penalty-free at any time. If I rollover a Roth 401k into a Roth IRA, can I do the same with the contributions made to the Roth 401k? I've ...
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Do Roth IRA contribution limits apply to Rollover IRAs?

My wife has already maxed out a Roth IRA for 2010. She just quit her job, and has a 401k from her former employer. Would I be able to roll it into a new Roth IRA even though she has already ...
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When do you actually pay taxes on Roth IRA contributions?

I'm in my mid 20s and opened up my first retirement savings this year, in the form of a private Roth IRA (having nothing to do with an employer or paychecks). From the research I did beforehand, I ...
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Roth IRA: Vanguard vs Free Advisor's Mutual Fund

Background: I recently turned 25 and became applicable to invest into my employer's 401K. Due to no matching, I have 3% allocated in as a supplemental retirement fund. Currently single, rent (no ...
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Penalty to withdraw from a new Roth IRA for first time home buyers?

My wife & I are 28 and plan on purchasing our first home in the next 1-3 years. Right now our assets are in two places: 403-b that I will not touch for the next 30+ years FDIC-insured savings ...
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How to claim a minor's income?

When a child earns money babysitting or doing yardwork for neighbors, it's common to ignore claiming the income, as income earned by the minor has its own deduction, and would likely not generate any ...
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Can you have a Roth IRA and a traditional IRA? What about two separate IRA accounts of the same type?

I'm interested in starting a new brokerage account somewhere. I would like to "test the waters" before transferring my entire IRA to them. Is there any law against having a completely separate IRA ...
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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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Can I withdraw from my Roth IRA retirement account to fund a startup?

I'm 24 years old and have $10k in my retirement accounts (Roth IRA) after about a year with a real job. I'm considering withdrawing the entire balance to support myself for a few months while I ...
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What are the appropriate forms to file when using a mega-backdoor?

For the backdoor (IRA -> Roth IRA, generally up to $5500 per year) conversion, we need to file Form 8606. Are there any equivalent forms that must be filed for mega-backdoor (After-tax 401k -> Roth ...
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How should I invest/spend this 50k inheritance?

I am 32 and work in the non-profit sector making 30k/yr. I own my home, which was recently appraised at 202k. I was given an inheritance of 50k from my grandmother. Based on my financials, how should ...
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Did basically all mutual funds have a significant crash in 2008?

I am interested in starting a Roth sometime in the near future, but I'm worried about an economic downturn like 2008 eating up a lot of my savings at some point in my life. Did most mutual funds take ...
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Could a 401k or IRA contribution switch my current taxable income to a lower tax bracket? is this the same for traditional and Roth 401k?

In the case that my annual income is right in the limit between one tax bracket and the next tax bracket. Can contributing to a 401k or IRA reduce your present income declaration in such a way that ...
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If Roth IRAs are not reported on income tax returns, how does the IRS police them?

Directly from the IRS: Contributions not reported. You do not report Roth IRA contributions on your return. If that's the case, then how does the IRS make sure people don't exploit the system? ...
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Who keeps track of my contributions to my Roth IRA?

Since withdrawals up to the amount you contributed in a Roth IRA are tax and penalty free, who keeps track of that amount? I've transferred my Roth IRA from one broker to another so the new broker ...
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Should I use a Roth 401K rather than 529 to save for children's college?

I have set up a 529 for my child's college fund but the more I look at it the less useful it seems compared to alternatives. The 529 is quite restricted -- What if she doesn't go to college? What if ...
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What is the difference between a Rollover IRA and a Roth IRA?

Previous Question. I have decided to roll my 401(k) into a Roth IRA. I use ThinkOrSwim as my broker currently, so I plan on opening an IRA with them. When opening the account I'm presented with the ...
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Should I cash out my Roth IRA to pay my mother's property tax debt, to avoid foreclosure on her home?

I'm thinking about liquidating my Roth IRA and taking a loan out against my 401k to pay the property taxes my cancer stricken mom owes on her home. She's several years behind, and the county is ...
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401(k) forfeited and check issued. What can I do to avoid penalty?

Recently, I checked the website of the last 401(k) plan that I contributed. I found that the account was "forfeited", which I assume it means that it was closed due to not being an employee of the ...
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18 year old making $60k a year; how should I invest? Traditional or Roth IRA?

I've had a lot of questions regarding personal finance, and I figured this would be the best place to get some good answers. To start, I made over $60,000 in 2013 and just over $44,000 in 2012. I make ...
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Should I put money in both a ROTH and Traditional IRA?

I'm 31. I put 11% of my $$ into a 401k. I put about $600 a month into a high interest savings account. I max out my ROTH IRA. I'm wondering if I should max out a traditional IRA as well or if ...
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Deductions greater than Income : Traditional IRA to Roth Conversion?

Jurisdiction is US/Oregon I retired in 2014. In 2015 I am drawing on cash and investments held in a taxable account, and don't foresee needing to tap my IRAs for several years. Thus I am in the ...
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Is it possible to transfer stock I already own into my Roth IRA without having to sell the stock?

My cash is already in the stock. Can I just transfer the stock to my Roth IRA?
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Can I contribute to a 401k, Roth 401k and Roth IRA at the same time?

My company provides me access to 401k, and I am contributing the maximum allowed in that 401k. In addition I also have Roth IRA (I qualify for it because of income less than $193000). Recently, my ...
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How can I self report and undo Roth IRA contributions, due to exceeding the AGI limit?

Contributions for Roth IRAs can be made through April 15 of the following year. Without getting into philosophical arguments about dollar cost averaging, my general principle has been to put the money ...
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If you're married, can you still file an income tax return as a single individual?

Roth IRA limits on income make it advantageous for my wife to file single. We are getting married this year in November. The IRS says that if you are married filing separately, that essentially she ...
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Should I rollover my 401(k) into a Roth IRA in 2010, or wait until 2011?

After asking my previous question and reading about the different options available, I'm looking at rolling it over to a Roth IRA to avoid paying the taxes at retirement. Is it better to do this in ...
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Roth vs Traditional Investing assuming same tax bracket in retirement

I've done a little (simplified) math to determine the difference in investing in a Roth account and a Traditional retirement account. I'm assuming that I will be in the same tax bracket in retirement ...
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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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Does it make sense to take a lower salary so I can still contribute to a Roth IRA?

Would it ever make sense to take a lower salary in order to contribute fully to a Roth IRA? This is probably very circumstantial, so let's assume: I'm not in debt and have no other obligations (...
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Using a Roth IRA instead of a college savings account

This might be a foolish idea, and if it is please tell me why. Last night I got the idea that it might be a good idea to invest the money that I'm saving for my children in a Roth IRA in their name. ...
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Shouldn't a Roth IRA accumulate more than 1 cent of interest per month?

Ten months ago, I opened a Roth IRA with an initial principal of $1,000, invested in one of those "Target Date" retirement mutual funds. I also set up $100 automatic monthly contributions. The ...