Hands holding piggy bank with Roth IRA. Pension plan. Getty We’re a few days away from this year’s tax deadline on July 15th. It’s also the deadline to make contributions to an IRA for 2019. Contributing to a Roth IRA can be particularly beneficial. (If your income is too high to contribute to a Roth
Economic Security Planning, Inc. Today’s column addresses questions about whether the earnings test would reduce retirement benefits, retirement benefits before survivor benefits, benefits based on a common law marriage and whether an divorced spouse could be eligible for survivor benefits. Larry Kotlikoff is a Professor of Economics at Boston University and the founder and president
TOPLINE The stock market moved higher on Friday, reversing early losses, after positive coronavirus vaccine news helped offset growing investor concerns about a record number of new U.S. cases. Stocks ticked higher after Gilead’s coronavirus treatment showed positive data. Marcel Kusch/dpa/picture alliance via Getty Images KEY FACTS The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 1.4%,
TOPLINE Despite growing concerns about a record number of new U.S. coronavirus cases, the stock market has largely held steady thanks to surging shares of big tech companies—though that’s resulting in a very imbalanced market, experts warn. The FAANG stocks – Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google-parent Alphabet. Forbes KEY FACTS Even as the United
Getty No matter your age, you invest for only one reason: to accumulate wealth. Anything else is charity. Not that there’s anything wrong with charity (and faith and hope and all those other good things). Charity puts food on other families’ tables. Investing—good investing, smart investing, successful investing—puts food on your family’s table. And if
Dogs can inspire you to make good retirement planning decisions! iStockphoto: ChristinLola Most older working Americans face serious retirement planning challenges: To generate enough money to afford retirement, they’ll either need to work beyond age 65, reduce their standard of living, or do some combination of the two. These are tough challenges, and most people
TOPLINE The stock market opened slightly higher on Friday, reversing earlier losses, after positive coronavirus vaccine news helped offset growing investor concerns about a record number of new U.S. cases. Stocks ticked higher after Gilead’s coronavirus treatment showed positive data. Marcel Kusch/dpa/picture alliance via Getty Images KEY FACTS The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up
Determine how much money you need to meet your needs and be happy in retirement. Getty “To be comfortable in retirement, you need a retirement income that equals 70% to 80% of your gross, pre-retirement salary.” I hear that rule of thumb mentioned frequently by retirement advisers, and I often see it in the publications
By Richard Eisenberg, Next Avenue Editor Getty This is the time of year when personal finance writers like to tell readers to give themselves a midyear money checkup. That’s a good idea for 2020 and my co-hosts on the Friends Talk Money podcast and I have a few suggestions in our latest episode. But frankly,
Getty Back in June, the consulting firm Milliman updated its estimated composite funded status for the 100 largest U.S. public pension plans, reporting that at the end of May, plans had made a fair amount of progress in recovering from the March market crash: while the 2019 year-end funded ratio had reached a level of
TOPLINE Stocks opened slightly higher on Wednesday as rallying tech shares helped offset investor concerns about the surge in coronavirus cases across the country derailing an economic recovery. Stocks moved slightly higher after a sell-off on Tuesday. Spencer Platt/Getty Images KEY FACTS The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 0.3%, nearly 100 points, at Wednesday’s
Covid-19 has thrown off everyone’s habit of visiting our aging loved ones. Assisted living, independent living and nursing homes have isolated their residents for months. In most places, no one can visit in person yet. That has to change. Elders’ isolation is doing harm. Some homes have figured out a safe way to allow visitation.
TOPLINE The stock market opened lower on Tuesday, cutting a five-day winning streak, as investors worry that surging coronavirus cases across the country could derail an economic recovery. Stocks snapped a five-day streak, falling on Tuesday. Spencer Platt/Getty Images KEY FACTS The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 0.8%, over 200 points, at Tuesday’s open,
By Elizabeth White, Next Avenue Contributor Getty I remember well the shock of being suddenly laid off during the Great Recession of 2007-2009. I was in my mid-fifties when my good job disappeared, my income fell to zero and I was suddenly on the outside looking in at a life that was no longer mine.
Success businessman in the city raising his arms, open palms, with face looking up – financial … [+] freedom concepts, double exposure effect Getty Now that we’ve celebrated our Independence Day, you may want to consider another form of independence: financial. Financial independence is about having the freedom to work or not work as you
Trump’s Department of Labor, Securities and Exchange Commission are scheming to make 401ks “greater” … [+] than ever, i.e., greater fees, greater risks and greater conflicts. That’s great for the wolves of Wall Street, not-so-great for America’s workers and no way to Make America Great Again. Getty Trump’s Department of Labor, Securities and Exchange Commission
By Nancy Collamer, Next Avenue Contributor Getty How do you stay hopeful about your career during times like these? It’s a tall order. Unemployment is near record highs. Hiring is sluggish. And the triple whammy of continued economic volatility, civil unrest and Covid-19 has us all on edge. It’s no wonder that 72% of Americans
Can you do a Roth conversion of a coronavirus-related distribution? It would be nice if you could, as that would allow you to spread the income from the Roth conversion over three years. Follow me as I guide you to my answer. Coronavirus Coronavirus related distributions and Roth conversions Getty The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Financial Lifelines Are Ending As Longer-Term Unemployment Is Growing Getty The good news is that millions of workers got their jobs back in June. The really bad news is that the unemployment rate is still at double digits, exceeding the peaks during the Great Recession. The even worse news is that unemployment is becoming a
TOPLINE While reports of positive data from potential coronavirus treatments have helped propel the market higher in recent months, investors are far too optimistic about a vaccine and stocks shouldn’t be rallying so much on each bit of news, warns Vital Knowledge founder Adam Crisafulli. Markets need to be more “skeptical” about each vaccine announcement.