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Should you Contribute to a 401k or IRA when in Debt? Apply the 5% Cutoff Rule
Thu, 12/26/13 | 10 Comments
Should you Contribute to a 401k or IRA when in Debt? Apply the 5% Cutoff Rule

One of the most common financial topics brought up at the work lunch-room table (or really anywhere, now that I think about it) centers around the old save for retirement vs. pay off debt debate.
The …

Choosing Part-Time
Thu, 12/12/13 | 9 Comments
Choosing Part-Time

The last two jobs my wife has been offered (and accepted) were both part-time jobs.
The first, as a landscape architect, was 4 work days (32 hours) per week.
The second, as a registered nurse, was 2 …

The Current “State of Retirement” for Gen X & Y
Thu, 11/21/13 | 15 Comments
The Current “State of Retirement” for Gen X & Y

I hate to break it to you. But somebody has to.
You’re not going to hear it from your parents, your employer, or your spouse. And the news media would rather focus on more trivial matters.
It’s …

If you have a Pension, Get to Know the PBGC
Mon, 11/18/13 | No Comment
If you have a Pension, Get to Know the PBGC

If you’ve only ever had access to a defined contribution retirement plan like a 401K or 403B, you have little stake in the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC).
Defined contribution plans are, by nature, fully funded …

Qualifying for the Saver’s Tax Credit in 2013 and 2014
Wed, 11/13/13 | 5 Comments
Qualifying for the Saver’s Tax Credit in 2013 and 2014

This post has been updated for the 2013 and 2014 tax years.
What is the Saver’s Credit?
The Saver’s Credit (aka the ‘retirement savings contribution credit‘) is a lesser known, highly advantageous tax credit that the IRS …

2014 Maximum IRA Contributions Announced
Thu, 10/31/13 | 3 Comments
2014 Maximum IRA Contributions Announced

2014 Maximum Roth & Traditional IRA Contribution Maximums
As with the 2014 maximum 401K contribution, there was also no change with the 2014 maximum IRA contribution limit – which will stay the same as the 2013 …


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