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  • 1. What should I know about pension plans? Views: 70
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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   More...
  • 2. Why should I consider setting up a trust? Views: 67
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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...
  • 3. What is AGI and MAGI as it relates to IRAs? Views: 53
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    Terms of Use Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) Your adjusted gross income (AGI) is the number at the bottom of page 1 on your income tax return, IRS Form 1040 or 1040A. On Form 1040EZ, adjusted gross income appears on line 4. Specifically, it's your gross income minus so-called above-the-line deductions. These include: deductible IRA contributions (as well as deductible SEP, SIMPLE and Keogh contributions) student-loan-interest deduction deductible contributions to medical savings accounts an  More...
  • 4. What is a 401(k) plan? Views: 48
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    Terms of Use Definition: A 401(k) is a type of profit sharing retirement plan. These plans allow you to contribute pre-tax dollars and then invest those dollars in the investment options provided by your employer for the purpose of saving for retirement. The earnings on your investments are tax-deferred until retirement. Your employer may also make matching contributions to your account. 401(k) plan highlights: In 2016. the annual defined contribution limit from all sources (employer and employe  More...
  • 5. What is a variable annuity and how does it work? Views: 48
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    Terms of Use: Variable annuities have become a part of the retirement and investment plans of many Americans. Before you buy a variable annuity, you should know some of the basics – and be prepared to ask your insurance agent, broker, financial planner, or other financial professional lots of questions about whether a variable annuity is right for you. This is a general description of variable annuities – what they are, how they work, and the charges you will pay. Before buying any v  More...
  • 6. What is a Traditional IRA? Who can contribute and what are the limits? Views: 39
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    Terms of Use An IRA is an Individual Retirement Account that provides several tax benefits . IRA accounts can be comprised of fixed income instruments, such as CDs/share certificates, bonds, stocks and mutual funds, to name just a few options. The Traditional IRA enables individuals to save money in a tax-deferred account. What that means is that the earnings from your IRA account will not be taxed until you begin taking money out of the account. Traditional IRA Snapshot Contributions: Tax-de  More...
  • 7. 10 steps to retirement Views: 37
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    Terms of Use 1. Know your retirement needs Retirement is expensive. Experts estimate that you'll need about 70% of your pre-retirement income. Lower earners will need 90% or more to maintain your standard of living when you stop working. Understand your financial future. 2. Find out about your Social Security benefits Social Security pays the average retiree about 40% of pre-retirement earnings. Call the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213 for a free Personal Earnings and Benefi  More...
  • 8. Will Social Security be there for me when I retire? Views: 35
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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. The Social Security taxes you pay go into the Social Security Trust Funds and are used to pay benefits to current beneficiaries. Estimates by the Social Security Board of Trustees is that in 2041, the Trust Funds will be depleted. Social Security is facing an uncertain financial future mainl  More...
  • 9. Can I deduct my Roth IRA contribution? Views: 32
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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.
  • 10. How do I know if I'm saving enough for retirement? Views: 30
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    Terms of Use: Your "golden years" are closer than you think! You know you need to save for retirement. Perhaps you've been stashing away some funds for that "someday," but how do you know if you're saving enough? There isn't any way to know for certain how much you'll need to save today in order to afford the lifestyle you see for yourself down the road, but putting some thought to it NOW and coming up with a retirement plan will help ensure that you arrive "over the hill" in comfort. Here are a  More...
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