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  • 1. Will Social Security be there for me when I retire?
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    Terms of Use The future of Social Security is in the spotlight these days. Social Security is primarily financed by payroll taxes. As long as people work, the system will never completely run out of money. However, Social Security is facing an uncertain financial future mainly due to demographics. We're living longer and healthier lives ... and this is good news. When the Social Security program was created in 1935, a 65-year-old had an average life expectancy of 12½ more years; toda  More...
  • 2. What is a Roth IRA? Who can contribute and what are the limits?
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    Terms of Use What is a Roth IRA? The purpose of a Roth IRA is to put away money for retirement. To be classified a Roth IRA, the account or annuity must be designated as a Roth IRA when it is set up. An IRA can be a Roth IRA, but neither a SEP IRA nor a SIMPLE IRA can be designated as a Roth IRA. Who can contribute? Generally, you can contribute to a Roth IRA if you have taxable compensation (this can be in the form of wages, salaries, tips, professional fees, bonuses, etc.). Unlike contribut  More...
  • 3. What should I know about pension plans?
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    Terms of Use: There are a variety of pension plans offered by private sector employers today. This information offers an explanation of traditional defined benefit pension plans insured by Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC): what they are, how they operate, and the rights and options of the workers covered by them. Table of Contents Traditional Pension Plans Predictable, Secure Lifetime Benefits Trends Pension Plan Provisions Federal Insurance For Your Pension Pension Checklist Other Us  More...
  • 4. What's the maximum contribution to a Roth IRA?
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    Terms of Use: The maximum allowable contribution to a Roth IRA depends on whether contributions are made only to Roth IRAs or to both traditional IRAs and Roth IRAs. Please see the IRS web site for more information.
  • 5. Why should I consider setting up a trust?
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    Terms of Use People often associate trust funds only with the wealthy. But a trust fund ( trust ) actually can be an effective financial tool for many people in many circumstances. A trust is a separate legal entity that holds property or assets of some kind for the benefit of a specific person, group of people or organization known as the beneficiary ( beneficiaries ). The person creating a trust is called the grantor , donor or settlor . When a trust is established, an individual or corporate   More...
  • 6. What is the difference between a Traditional IRA and a Roth IRA?
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    Terms of Use IRAs are a great way for you to save for the future. Your IRA can consist of a range of investments from savings accounts, stocks, bonds, and certificates of deposit or share certificates. You can contribute up to a certain limit each year into your IRA and if you're over 50, you are allowed an additional catch up contribution. The tax advantages of a Traditional or Roth IRA depend on your annual income and whether you are covered by your company's retirement plan. B  More...
  • 7. How much can I contribute to a 403(b)?
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    Terms of Use What is a 403(b)? A 403(b) is an employer sponsored retirement savings plan that allows you to save pre-tax dollars for your retirement. A Roth 403(b) permits only after-tax contributions but allows you to diversify your tax risk by letting eligible participants make tax-free withdrawals after retirement. The IRS limits the amount you can contribute each year Participants can contribute up to $17,500 for 2014. This limit is applicable if you're under age 50 as of December 31st  More...
  • 8. Can I deduct my Roth IRA contribution?
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    Terms of Use: No, contributions to a Roth IRA are not tax deductible. A Roth IRA allows you (if you do not exceed certain income limits) to invest money by making non-deductible contributions that grow tax-deferred.
  • 9. How do I transfer my IRA from one financial institution to another?
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    Terms of Use A rollover is when you withdraw funds from an IRA or plan and contribute those funds to the same or another IRA or plan. A trustee-to-trustee transfer (often called a direct transfer or direct rollover) is when you never receive the IRA or plan funds. They are transferred directly from one financial institution to another without you ever touching the money. The general rule is that when you take a distribution from an IRA (or other tax-deferred retirement account) that you in  More...
  • 10. Can I have more than one Roth IRA?
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    ↵ Terms of Use Yes, you can have as many Roth IRAs as you wish. If contributions are made only to Roth IRAs, your contribution limit is: 100% of compensation, up to $5,500 per year if you are under age 50 100% of compensation, up to $6,500 per year if you are 50 or older regardless of the number of accounts you have.
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