May 8th, 2020

401(k) vs. Roth 401(k): Which one is better for you?

The 401(k) plan comes in two varieties — the Roth 401(k) and the traditional 401(k). Each offers a different type of tax advantage, and choosing the right plan is one of the biggest questions workers have about their 401(k). It can be a surprisingly complicated choice, but many experts prefer the Roth 401(k) because you’ll … more »
Apr 3rd, 2020

Advisors’ Advice: In This Market, What’s a Retiree to Do?

The stock market may have partially recovered from its drop of more than 30% in recent days, but the problem of big losses in equities and uncertainty in the bond market, especially among corporates and munis, remains as the global economy suffers from a worsening pandemic. To say that financial advisors are being challenged like … more »
Dec 8th, 2019

Rand Paul Bill Would Let Americans Raid Retirement Funds To Pay For College

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has introduced a bill that would allow students and parents to make penalty-free withdrawals from retirement funds to pay for college or repay their student loans. Not surprisingly, investment advisors are worried that Rand’s solution to rampant student loan debt may create more financial problems than it solves—especially as retirement rolls … more »
Nov 12th, 2019

Open enrollment 2020: How to choose the best employer benefits

Every fall, companies hold their annual open enrollment, a period when you can change health care plans, add other insurance coverage, and sign up for additional benefits your employer offers. You may be tempted to simply choose last year’s options to save time, which is what the vast majority of Americans do. But that doesn’t … more »
Nov 7th, 2019

19 Things You’ll Need To Sacrifice Now for a Healthy Retirement

What are you willing to give up now to save for retirement? Principal asked this question of its retirement plan participants who fall into the “super saver” category — those who saved 90% to 100% of the 402(g) IRS max contributions or had a deferral percentage of 15% or higher in 2018. Find out what … more »
Sep 25th, 2019

7 Ways to Fix a Flawed 401(k) Strategy

Workplace retirement plan investments ballooned in the last decade. The average 401(k) balance increased by more than 450% between 2009 and 2019, according to Fidelity Investments. Meanwhile, the average 401(k) return reflects the stock market volatility of recent years. Vanguard’s How America Saves 2019 report found that the median 2018 return was a 6.5% loss, … more »
Aug 28th, 2019

Here’s why you might want to rethink getting an adjustable rate mortgage

If you’ve been considering a mortgage with an adjustable rate, your reasons for going that route might be disappearing. As recessionary fears cause longer-term interest rates to hover near or below short-term rates, the advantage that typically comes with adjustable rate mortgages has shrunk — or entirely disappeared — at some lenders. ARMs, as they … more »

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