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When Can You Withdraw From Your 401k Or IRA Penalty Free?

When Can You Withdraw From Your 401k Or IRA Penalty Free?

If you are forced to withdraw funds from your IRA or 401k early, it’s helpful to know the rules and regulations around early withdrawals. 401ks, IRAs and other pre-tax retirement savings accounts are common ways to save for retirement, and millions of...
The Journey: Mapping Life’s Financial Decisions

The Journey: Mapping Life’s Financial Decisions

Excerpts from a feature (“The Journey: Mapping Life’s Financial Decisions”) originally published in the Fall 2017 edition of the quarterly magazine Confident Money. (Digital Subscriptions to Confident Money are free.) If you want to talk...
Retirement Plans for the Self-Employed

Retirement Plans for the Self-Employed

Participating in an employer-sponsored retirement plan is one of the best ways to save for retirement – especially if they match your contributions. But what about for those who are their own employers? According to a recent study, the number of...
Gen X & The (Financial) Middle Child Syndrome

Gen X & The (Financial) Middle Child Syndrome

Generational divides have always existed. From our great-grandparents to our grandparents to our parents to our children, each generation is unique in their approach to their financial lives. One of the major differences between each generation is how they...
Is the Average American Woman Prepared for Retirement?

Is the Average American Woman Prepared for Retirement?

We’ve heard over and over that men are from Mars and women are from Venus – but how different are we really in terms of our finances? Financial services marketing seems to think there’s a big difference by constantly targeting the “female investor.” But what...
Reality Check: Social Security May Not Exist When You Retire

Reality Check: Social Security May Not Exist When You Retire

One of the biggest questions Americans face when thinking about retirement is: will Social Security exist when I retire? According to the government, Social Security is on track to be depleted by 2034, at which point they will begin paying a portion of the...
Your Guide to Annuities: Is an Annuity Right for You?

Your Guide to Annuities: Is an Annuity Right for You?

Many people are familiar with savings accounts, 401(k)s, and other types of retirement planning — however, if you ask them what an annuity is, you will probably get some shrugs. Annuities can provide guaranteed income throughout retirement, which...