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Dana Anspach

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By Dana Anspach

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    • 401k Retirement Age - 55, 59 1/2, or 70 1/2 - Different Rules Apply Created: Monday, October 11, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      There is not a mandatory 401k retirement age. However the rules on taking money out of your 401k change depending on how old you are. The three ages to take note of are 55, 59 1/2, and 70 1/2. Below are the rules that apply at each of those retirement ages.
    • How to Retire at 50 Created: Thursday, January 24, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Want to retire at 50? Here's what you have to do to make it happen.
    • Retirement Checklist Created: Saturday, July 28, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      This retirement checklist provides 15 things you must do to financially prepare for retirement.
    • What Is A Fixed Annuity? Created: Sunday, June 22, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      A fixed annuity can be in the form of an immediate fixed annuity or a deferred fixed annuity. They provide a guaranteed return, but before investing you should compare them with other alternatives ...
    • Should I Pay Off Mortgage Early Created: Friday, July 24, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      A study conducted by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College concluded that “retired households are, in theory, better off repaying their mortgage.” Does that mean you shou...
    • I Inherited an Ira - Now What? Created: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Inherited IRAs come with rules you must follow. If you inherited the IRA as a spouse, you have a few choices a non-spouse won't have. Here are the basic inherited IRA rules."
    • Is Real Estate a Good Investment for Retirement Created: Saturday, December 22, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Real estate can be not only a good investment; it can be a great investment. But you have to do it right. Here's what it takes to make real estate a good investment." itempf expr="$zTP='t3'" --> it...
    • 5 Ways to Become a Millionaire Created: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Everyone wants to be a millionaire, and it is a worthy goal. Here are five ways to do it.
    • 3 Steps To Take To Plan For An Early Retirement Created: Thursday, April 15, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Ask five people what early retirement means to them, and you’ll get five different answers. Regardless of what it means to you, here are the three steps to take to plan for an early retiremen...
    • Average Retirement Age In The United States Created: Sunday, October 17, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      The U.S. Census Bureau tells us the average retirement age in the United States is 62. Social Security however, defines 62 as your early retirement age. There are 5 steps you should take if you are...
    • 6 Ways Financial Advisors Charge Fees Created: Sunday, February 08, 2009 Updated: Monday, April 21, 2014
      Here are the 6 common ways financial advisors charge fees and how each pricing structure works.
    • 3 Things To Consider Before You Retire At 55 Created: Monday, May 11, 2009 Updated: Sunday, April 20, 2014
      Want to retire at 55? Here are three things to consider before you retire at 55.
    • Taxes On Social Security Benefits Created: Monday, June 01, 2009 Updated: Sunday, April 20, 2014
      If you have sources of income in addition to Social Security, then you may have to pay taxes on your Social Security benefits. The amount of taxes you pay on Social Security benefits will depend on your combined income.
    • When and How Social Security Checks Should Arrive Created: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 Updated: Sunday, April 20, 2014
      Need to know when your Social Security check will be deposited? Find the Social Security check schedule and answers to additional questions.
    • Social Security Office Locations By Nearest Zip Code Created: Tuesday, February 08, 2011 Updated: Saturday, April 19, 2014
      Social security office locations can be found by inputting your zip code into the social security office location web page at the link below.
    • Key Things to Know About The Social Security Spouse Benefit Created: Monday, June 01, 2009 Updated: Saturday, April 19, 2014
      A Social Security benefit for a spouse is called a “spousal benefit”. It applies to current, widowed, and ex-spouses. Here is how it works.
    • Should You Take Social Security At Age 62? Created: Monday, June 01, 2009 Updated: Saturday, April 19, 2014
      Should you take social security at age 62... or not? Here are a few general guidelines you can use to determine if it makes sense for you to start taking social security benefits at age 62.
    • 5 Key Things To Know About Social Security Retirement Benefits Created: Friday, June 05, 2009 Updated: Saturday, April 19, 2014
      Here are the things you need to know about collecting social security retirement benefits; things like how working affects your benefits, if you will have to pay taxes on social security benefits, ...
    • 5 Questions To Ask A Potential Financial Advisor Created: Sunday, August 31, 2008 Updated: Saturday, April 19, 2014
      Five questions to ask a potential financial advisor that will help you determine if they are the right financial advisor for you. These questions help you determine their level of integrity and their ability to communicate to you in language and terms you can understand.
    • 2014 ROTH IRA Contribution and Income Limits Created: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 Updated: Saturday, April 19, 2014
      2014 ROTH IRA contribution limits, income phaseout limits and ROTH rules.
    • 2014 Traditional IRA Rules and Contribution Limits Created: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 Updated: Saturday, April 19, 2014
      2014 IRA income limits, contribution limits, IRA rules, and more.
    • 2014 Retirement Planning Rules, Rates, and Limits Created: Saturday, December 21, 2013 Updated: Saturday, April 19, 2014
      2014 limits, rules, and tax rates that affect your retirement.
    • 5 Safe Investments Created: Thursday, July 09, 2009 Updated: Saturday, April 19, 2014
      Here are 5 safe investments designed first and foremost to protect what you have.
    • Making Safe Investments Created: Tuesday, July 08, 2008 Updated: Saturday, April 19, 2014
      Want to keep your nest egg safe? These six guidelines show you how.
    • When to Take Social Security for Married Couples - 5 Factors to Consider Created: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 Updated: Saturday, April 19, 2014
      Married couples should not look at when to take Social Security the same way a single person would. H
    • Taxable, Partially Taxable and Tax-Free Retirement Income Created: Wednesday, July 07, 2010 Updated: Saturday, April 19, 2014
      Is retirement income taxable? It depends on where your retirement income will come from, and how much of it you will have. Below is a list of common sources of retirement income broken down into taxable retirement income, partially taxable retirement income, and tax free retirement income.
    • Can A Capital Loss Carryover To The Next Year? Created: Tuesday, November 25, 2008 Updated: Saturday, April 19, 2014
      Can a capital loss carryover to the next tax year? Maybe. Here's how it works.
    • 401k Hardship Withdrawals - Rules and Eligibility Created: Saturday, December 31, 2011 Updated: Saturday, April 19, 2014
      Not all 401k plans allow hardship withdrawals. If they do, here are the rules that apply.
    • 5 Steps You Must Take Within 5 Years of Retirement Created: Wednesday, May 28, 2008 Updated: Saturday, April 19, 2014
      Short term retirement planning: 5 steps you must take within 5 years of retirement.
    • Best Retirement Investments Created: Tuesday, June 23, 2009 Updated: Saturday, April 19, 2014
      If you’re searching for information on retirement investments you’re probably looking for an investment that will provide income for you. If so, you’ve come to the right place. Below, you’ll find a comprehensive list of retirement investments with additional information on each.
    • 3 Things You Must Know Before You Buy Rental Property Created: Saturday, March 07, 2009 Updated: Saturday, April 19, 2014
      Rental property can provide a stable source of income, but like any investment, you need to understand what you are getting into before you buy. Here are the three things to consider.
    • Social Security Benefits And Divorce Created: Wednesday, June 17, 2009 Updated: Saturday, April 19, 2014
      Can you collect social security benefits based on an ex-spouse's work record? In many cases, yes. Here's what you need to know abut Social Security and divorce.

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