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Max Out your 401k Early in the Year for Better Returns?
Wed, 04/30/14 | 33 Comments
Max Out your 401k Early in the Year for Better Returns?

I was recently approached by a longtime reader with a seemingly random question,
“Is it better to max out your 401k each year as soon as possible?”
Upon digging a little deeper, I found out that a …

Self-Employed Retirement Plan Faceoff: SEP IRA vs Solo 401k vs SIMPLE IRA
Mon, 04/21/14 | 4 Comments
Self-Employed Retirement Plan Faceoff: SEP IRA vs Solo 401k vs SIMPLE IRA

While completing my taxes this year, I started noticing that I would have a sizable tax bill due from self-employment income unless I found a way to reduce my taxable income.
Our (my wife and I …

SIMPLE IRA Basics for Self-Employment Income
Mon, 04/14/14 | One Comment
SIMPLE IRA Basics for Self-Employment Income

This is the third installment in a multi-part series on retirement accounts for self-employment income.
We previously covered SEP IRA and Solo 401k basics. In this post, we’ll cover the SIMPLE IRA.
You don’t have to be …

Making Net Worth More Useful
Wed, 04/9/14 | 13 Comments
Making Net Worth More Useful

A few years back, I had a little net worth bashing session.
Over time (and increased net worth) my view on this financial metric has softened a bit, but not much.
A softer side comes from an …

Solo 401k Basics for Self-Employment Income
Mon, 04/7/14 | 2 Comments
Solo 401k Basics for Self-Employment Income

This is the second of a multi-part series on retirement accounts for self-employment income.
I previously gave a rundown of SEP IRA’s. In this post, I’ll cover the mighty Solo 401k. And up next: the SIMPLE …

SEP IRA for Self-Employment Income Basics
Mon, 03/31/14 | 3 Comments
SEP IRA for Self-Employment Income Basics

I recently did some in-depth research on SEP IRA’s, SIMPLE IRA’s, and Solo 401k’s for personal use for my side self-employment income and wanted to cover the primary questions I had and answers I found, …


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