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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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Roth IRA vs. Traditional IRA: How to Choose the One Best for You

IRAs­ can be valuable to your overall retirement plan due to their tax advantages. For the most part all you need is taxable income to get started. So how do you decide which is best? Compare Roth and traditional IRAs side by side.   While there are several types of IRAs, the most common by […]

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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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Getting Ready For Individual Retirement Account (IRA) Rollovers

Although it's true that many Americans are woefully unprepared for retirement, even those who have been saving diligently sometimes have trouble keeping track of their retirement accounts. Some of the most common questions people have involve the IRS's IRA rollover rules, in other words, restrictions on how you can move different retirement funds into one […]

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Retirement Planning Is a Process, Not an Event (Part 1 of 3): Using an IRA Calculator

Nobody's perfect. But many experts say the trouble with so much formal retirement planning is that people think it must be done once and done perfectly. By the time you even begin to think about leaving your career, you might think you should’ve already stashed away a million bucks. But that's not necessarily true. Retirement […]

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Roth IRA Contribution Limits: Maximize Your Retirement Nest Egg

A number of personal finance experts strongly recommend Roth individual retirement accounts (IRAs) because their tax benefits arrive just when you need them most—when you retire. Contributions to a traditional IRA are deductible in the tax year you make them, up to government-set limits. And although contributions to a Roth IRA aren't tax-deductible, the withdrawals […]

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Which Type Of IRA Plan Is Right for Me?

Individual retirement accounts (IRAs) are a key element in many people's financial plans. If you are interested in getting a tax-advantaged start on retirement by opening an account, you should know some basics to help you compare IRA plans.The most common types of IRAs are traditional, Roth, and SEP IRAs. Traditional IRAs: With a traditional […]

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What Is a Self-Directed IRA, and Do I Want One?

A self-directed IRA works like a traditional or even a Roth IRA, except that you—the account holder—make the investment decisions. Typically, this approach lets you invest in things beyond the stocks, bonds and other vehicles that usually are available in the traditional or Roth IRA. Thus, a self-directed IRA might include investments in real estate, […]