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The Shockingly Low Amount of Retirement Savings per American
Mon, 10/19/09 | 144 Comments

Average Retirement Savings per American
According to the Employee Benefits Research Institute’s 2013 Retirement Confidence Survey, 57% of workers in the U.S. have less than $25,000 in total savings and investments.
With pension plans being a thing …

How Much can My Employer Contribute to my 401K?
Tue, 07/21/09 | 33 Comments
How Much can My Employer Contribute to my 401K?

401K Employer Maximum Contributions
I’d like to clear up a very common 401K misconception surrounding maximum contribution limits.
Question: The IRS maximum 401K contribution limit for 2014 is $17,500 (and $18,000 for 2015). But what exactly does …

Pensions Vs. 401K’s: Why you should Care that Pensions are Going Extinct
Thu, 04/30/09 | 51 Comments
Pensions Vs. 401K’s: Why you should Care that Pensions are Going Extinct

Check out a more updated breakdown of pensions/401K’s in my post on defined benefit vs. defined contribution retirement plans.
Today’s Retirement Reality
Most twenty-somethings have never and (unfortunately) probably will never sniff the sweet security provided by …

My Battle with ETrade Over a $25 Fee on a No-Fee IRA
Sun, 03/29/09 | 10 Comments
My Battle with ETrade Over a $25 Fee on a No-Fee IRA

ETrade Paper Statement Fee Strikes!
Back in 2005, I started a Roth IRA with ETrade because they offered a ‘no-fee IRA’ and they had a reputable name. They were my first online broker account. All stock …

Buy and Hold is Dead in the New Age of Investing
Sun, 03/15/09 | 14 Comments
Buy and Hold is Dead in the New Age of Investing

The End of Buy and Hold Investing?
With the Dow dipping to the mid 6K range (down from 14K) and the S&P 500 facing a similar decline recently, market levels like this have not been seen …

10 Characteristics your Financial Planner Must have
Sun, 01/11/09 | 18 Comments
10 Characteristics your Financial Planner Must have

How to Choose a Financial Planner
There’s nothing better than self reliance and personal empowerment when it comes to financial planning. However, if you don’t yet have the confidence in yourself to manage your financial situation, …


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