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Roth IRA Estate Benefits Curtailed in Obama Budget

Posted on 03/6/2014 by | Senior Editor, Money Team | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsBuried in the details of President Barack Obama’s 2015 budget are tax changes that could upend many people’s estate and retirement planning. The president is proposing significant changes to the Roth IRA, which has become a popular way for higher-income investors to leave money to heirs tax-free. “The Obama team put this out in an effort to simplify tax law when it comes to retirement accounts,” says Matt Curfman, a financial planner with Richmond Brothers Inc. in Jackson, Mich. “Thank …

La planeación para el retiro desafía a los hispanos

Posted on 02/25/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

En Español¿Qué piensas hacer cuando te jubiles? ¿Dónde están los ahorros para tu retiro? ¿De qué vas a vivir? Ojalá seas una de las personas que puede contestar satisfactoriamente, porque para muchos hispanos estas preguntas no tienen respuestas. La falta de planeación y el bajo nivel de ahorro para la jubilación es uno de los grandes retos financieros que afronta este segmento de la población, en comparación con el resto de los estadounidenses, de acuerdo con un nuevo estudio publicado por …

Stock Gains Push 401(k)s to Record Highs

Posted on 02/18/2014 by | Senior Editor, Money Team | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsLast year’s gangbuster stock market pushed 401(k) savings account balances to record highs, according to two major retirement account providers. Fidelity Investments says the average account balance at the end of last year reached $89,300, a 15.5 percent increase over the year before. For workers age 55 and older, balances averaged $165,200. Many workers roll over their 401(k) into an individual retirement account when they leave a job.  Adding up the balances of those who have both a 401(k) and …

AOL Reverses 401(k) Policy After Blowback

Posted on 02/10/2014 by | Money and Work | Comments

Money & SavingsLike boomers (and all workers, for that matter) don’t have enough to worry about when it comes to saving enough for retirement. Now actions by AOL’s Tim Armstrong may be setting a dangerous example for other companies to follow. First, the chief executive of AOL told employees Thursday he was changing the company’s 401(k) match to a year-end lump sum contribution rather than contributions throughout the year. Leave before Dec. 31, 2014 (voluntarily or involuntarily), and you lose out on …

Boomers Downbeat Over Financial Future

Posted on 01/13/2014 by | Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsWith her wavy long hair, bell-bottom jeans and a peace sign hanging from her neck, Rita Beck was much like other boomer women who came of age in the trippy, turbulent 1960s and 1970s. They attended college in record numbers, seized job opportunities their mothers never had and reveled in their independence. “Our parents scrimped for everything,” says Beck, 58, of Janesville, Wis.  “We boomers came on the scene and said, ‘Who needs to save for a house when you …

401(k) Limits Remain the Same for 2014

Posted on 11/1/2013 by | Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsIf you’ve been putting the maximum amount of money into a tax-deferred retirement plan and were hoping to set aside even more next year, you’ll be disappointed by the IRS’s decision not to increase the limits. The maximum contribution to 401(k) plans in 2014 will stay at $23,000 — $17,500 plus $5,500 in catch-up contributions for people 50 and older. The contribution limit for Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) will also stay the same for people 50 and older — $6,500 per year, …