Retirement Planning

Wondering how to retire early? Looking to build a nest egg? Learn everything you need to know about retirement planning with this guide.


Many parents feel torn between funding their own retirement and paying for their kids' college education. But financial experts are united on which one should take priority.

As the average life span keeps increasing, so too does the possible length of the retirement phase of your life. Overall, this is pretty good news, but it does make saving for your golden years all the more important.

You've heard of the Roth IRA, but what about the Roth 401(k)? Many employers are offering them in addition to traditional 401(k) plans. So what's the difference?

If you're like many Americans, you probably haven't saved enough in your 401(k) for your retirement. But don't freak out -- just yet. You still have time to maximize your savings for your golden years.

Losing a parent is a harrowing experience, but being financially lost when it happens only makes matters worse. Find out how to navigate the waters of loss without finding yourself on a sinking fiscal ship.

Most companies offer their employees a 401(k); about half also offer a Roth 401(k) though not many employees use it. But in some cases, a Roth 401(k) might be the better option for you.

When you're self-employed, retirement planning can be a bit more complicated, since you're not hooked up with a big 401(k) plan from an employer. Once you pick a retirement plan, make sure you're aware of how it will affect your taxes.

Knowledge of your current financial situation, and a degree of clairvoyance, goes far in determining which of your employer's retirement plans is right for you.

After decades spent in service of your country, your military pension is a well-deserved benefit. It's also income, and therefore subject to being taxed.

A pension is an employer-provided benefit that supplies income when you retire. When and how it's taxed, though, has a lot to do with how you paid into the pension.

When your spouse's Social Security benefits are an integral part of your income, it's really important to know what happens upon his or her death.

One advantage of working for "The Man" is paying into a 401(k) and getting a match for your contribution from your employer. But if you work for yourself, you can take advantage of other perks in retirement accounts especially aimed at you.

What is the difference between a 401(k) and a Roth IRA? And when would one be better than the other? Two people from the same family help us to figure it out.

Every American worker and employer contributes to a common retirement fund known as Social Security. When it comes time for you to collect benefits, you'll need a few important pieces of information before you apply. What are they?

You've worked hard to put a substantial amount of money into your retirement nest egg. Don't shortchange yourself by erroneously borrowing from or cashing out your fund early. Here's how to get every last dime out of your 401(k).

401(k) accounts are designed to help people save for retirement, so there are harsh penalties for withdrawing funds early. That said, there are exceptions to the rule -- but there aren't many.

Roth IRAs are a smart way to save for retirement because you can avoid most of the tax penalties associated with other retirement plans -- as long as you follow the rules. What are the Roth IRA withdrawal rules, and how could they affect your retirement?

You're finally out of the workforce, ready to put your feet up and rest. Be careful, though: Nothing will ruin your retirement faster than running out of money midstream. Luckily, this is an easily avoidable fate -- but how can you make your savings last?

Even though you're no longer working, that doesn't mean your money should stop working, too. Read on for tips on where you should keep your money after retirement.

It's a rare accountant who thinks dipping into an IRA is a good idea, because tapping into that fund can be expensive. However, some people do cash out their IRAs early. What are the main reasons for doing this?

Retirement is here! Now that you're living off of investments, savings and Social Security, it's more important than ever to watch your money carefully. What can you do to keep from going broke in retirement?

More than half of all Americans haven't figured out how much they need to save for retirement. Read on if you're one of them.

These days, it can be hard enough to pay bills, much less save enough for a down payment on a house. If you want to buy a home sooner rather than later, can you cash out your IRA to help cover the costs?

For many people, retirement is the art of balancing less money with more free time, and many businesses know that money is tight in retirees' pockets. What are some breaks you can look forward to in retirement?

Saving for retirement is one of those "shoulds" that you'd like to put off until sometime in the undefined future. But the longer you wait to start saving, the harder it is. So how do you know if you're saving enough for retirement?

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