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7 Common IRA Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

It’s never too early to start saving for retirement — and it’s certainly never too soon (or too late) to get familiar with your savings options. But knowing the basics surrounding the tax advantages of your Individual Retirement Account (IRA) can be difficult. After all, who understands all 73,000+ pages of the United States tax […]

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3 Steps to a Retirement Savings Upgrade. Here’s How You Can Open an IRA.

You wouldn’t turn down an opportunity to move from coach to first class, would you? Both seats do the basic job, of course, but you’d probably choose to enjoy a little more comfort while you’re there. After all, an upgrade’s an upgrade. And an individual retirement account (IRA) just might do the same for your […]

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Which IRA Is Right for You?

Some decisions don’t matter in the grand scheme of things. Choosing chocolate or vanilla (or double-fudge mint brownie supreme) will mainly affect your tastebuds, after all. Others require a bit more thinking, especially when it comes to your finances—and retirement plan. Any time Uncle Sam offers to give you a break on your taxes, you […]

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Even Better Together: When an IRA Goes With Your 401(k)

You may feel pretty good about your retirement plan if you have a company 401(k). And you may even feel great if your employer matches your contributions—because, hey, free money! But if you’re like most people, you still wonder if your savings will keep up with those birthdays. Both 401(k) plans and IRAs are designed […]

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IRA Rollovers: Move Your Money Without Breaking the Rules

If moving your retirement funds around makes you a little nervous, there’s good reason. With many retirement plans, including IRAs and 401(k)s, if you’re not careful, you could end up paying unexpected penalties and additional tax. Understand a few basic rules and consult with a tax professional so you can move your money without making […]

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Your Future of Freedom: 3 Ways to Keep Funds Flowing to Your IRA

That adventurous future you’ve imagined is going to cost money. And opening an IRA (individual retirement account) is a great way to help you save up. But since your IRA won’t fund itself, here are three things you should do to help your retirement savings keep up with your future self. Re-energize your balance. First, […]

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4 Reasons Why a SEP IRA Could Be a Boon for Small Business Owners

Whether you’re running a salon, writing a blog, or perfecting woodwork on a new home, the responsibility for your small business is all up to you. A SEP IRA (Simplified Employee Pension Individual Retirement Account) is a retirement savings tool designed for self-employed individuals and small business owners. Any small business owner with one or […]

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What Is a Traditional IRA and Why You Should Open One Now Rather Than Later

You may think saving for retirement only benefits you in the long run. However, a traditional IRA (individual retirement account) is a savings tool that offers tax benefits now while you save for retirement later. For the most part, all you need is taxable income and you can open an IRA at a brokerage firm […]

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What Is a Roth IRA? Get to Know This Retirement Savings Option

You’ve heard about Roth IRAs, but do you have a nagging feeling you need to learn more? Roth IRAs are some of the most valuable retirement savings tools available—especially if you start contributing early. Here’s what you need to know. Roth IRAs can help you save for retirement. IRAs (individual retirement accounts) in general are […]

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What Is an IRA? 8 Things to Know Before You Open an Account

IRA stands for individual retirement account and that’s exactly what it is—an account that allows you to set aside money for retirement. Whether you’re putting together a new retirement plan or reevaluating the one you’ve got, it pays to consider how IRAs can factor into your overall strategy. Here are a few things to know […]

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