After-tax 401k's vs Roths ... and rollovers; they're different!

After-tax 401k’s vs Roths … and rollovers; they’re different!

Some plans offer “after-tax” 401k contributions. Aren’t these the same as a Roth 401k? Nope! There are three (3) different types of 401k contributions – IF your plan offers them … and each one has its’ own tax treatment: The 401k most people are familiar with. These are subject to the contribution limits each year. The […]

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Is Robo-Advising the way of the future?

What is Robo-Advising? From Widipedia: “Legally, the term “financial advisor” applies to any entity giving advice about securities. But most robo-advisors limit themselves to providing portfolio management (i.e. allocating investments among asset classes) without addressing issues such as estate and retirement planning and cash-flow management, which are also the domain of financial planning.”   So, […]

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Willpower Instinct

Willpower, self-control, ego drain, mood swings, change, habits, and more …

Your mind is powerful. It can aid you doing what you want. But, it can also hinder much of that. How do you train your mind and mental muscles? Many people may have tried to change a habit, either good or bad, with varying degrees of success. I write about the topic because saving and/or […]

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Finance for Normal People: How Investors and Markets Behave

I have had the great pleasure of talking with and listening to Meir Statman on a number of occasions. I also enjoy reading his insights on how we, the people, are more normal than we think, even when we think we’re doing something wrong, when it comes to our money and finances. I’ve had this […]

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Risk versus Security and your money.

The terms risk and security are heard a lot when discussing money. Most people think of risk as the value of money going up or down, and usually down coming to mind when associated with risk. Security may be thought of as the ability to spend on things important to you, what those important things […]

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You’d never guess what factor is most important for retirement income!

You’d never guess what factor is most important for retirement income!

What is the most sensitive factor in the computation of retirement income? Time! It is the one input that is largely ignored. Time … or better said, aging …  has succumbed through the common use of a fixed age such as 95 or 100. You may click on the graph to enlarge it (hold shift key […]

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How safe is your IRA? Not from the markets, but from the State!

I discussed how inheritances can go amuck and the heirs don’t get the inheritance – the State does. This can happen while you’re still alive too! Did you know that the State can claim your IRA (or any account for that matter) due to inactivity?   A couple of articles to drive the issue home: Protect client […]

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How does a minor get Social Security?

Your child, or grandchild is a minor. When a child is entitled to Social Security benefits, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will appoint a representative payee to receive benefits on behalf of the child. Usually this is the parent. The representative payee collects the benefits and pays the child’s living expenses until the child turns 18 […]

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Online tools to cut costs of college … & why?

Many people evaluate costs of college simply by looking at PRICE (a.k.a. tuition). However, there is more to costs of education than price. Graduation Rates Now, when you think of graduation rates, you might blame the students for not buckling down and being studious enough to graduate in the traditional four years. But, this may […]

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Medical Identity Theft – why you should be vigilant!

Most people think of identity theft as having something to do with finances. Medical identity theft is not on people’s minds. It should be! Why? Your personal health insurance information can be used by thieves to steal expensive medical services like surgeries, expensive prescription drugs, medical equipment or devices. It could be used to falsify […]

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