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No retirement savings plan for now

May 16, 2012
I just graduated from law school and found the perfect job for me. Unfortunately, it does not offer a 401(k). I have a number of old 401(k)s from previous jobs, including a few that have been rolled over into Roth IRAs. Because I was in school for 3 years, I haven't been adding to my retirement saving for that period, thinking I could "make it up." To top it all off, my husband and I now make in excess of the maximum for IRA contributions. How should I be saving for retirement at this point? Jane, Los Angeles, CA
Posted In: retirement savings, 401(k), Roth-IRA, traditional ira, taxable accounts

The complex universe of retirement savings plans

May 7, 2012
Why can I put more money each year into a 401(k) than I can an IRA? This is stupid. I'm currently a contract employee and can only put $6,000 a year into an IRA, since I'm 50 and can use the catch-up provision. Last year, as an employee of a company that offered a 401(k), I saved more than $12,000. Plus, my company matched very generously. Thanks, Ernie, Sunnyvale, CA
Posted In: retirement savings plans, retirement savings, 401(k), Roth-IRA, sel-employed

The 401(k): A failed experiment?

May 4, 2012
Labor economist Teresa Ghilarducci thinks it's time for the 401(k) to be replaced.
Posted In: 401(k), retirement savings, retirement planning, Joe Nocera, New York Times

Is the 401(k) still the best retirement plan?

May 4, 2012
Fidelity said this week that our 401(k) account balances were up 8 percent on average in the first quarter of this year. But the major stock market indexes were up even more than that. So are 401(k)s really the right ticket to a happy retirement?
Posted In: 401(k), retirement savings

Yes, participate in a 401(k)

Apr 10, 2012
I have a Roth IRA, a retirement account from a previous job and a mutual fund. Shall I also begin a 401(k) with my new employment? Ivy, El Paso, TX
Posted In: 401(k), rollover IRA, retirement savings

Pension assets are coming back, sort of

Apr 3, 2012
Yes, public pension plans are ripe for reform. But overhauling these plans is an opportunity to improve pension design for everyone.
Posted In: pensions, 401(k), IRAs, retirement savings, public pensions

Getting Personal: Health care, nursing, and investing

Mar 30, 2012
Host Tess Vigeland and David Lazarus from the L.A. Times answer your personal finance queries.
Posted In: Getting Personal, david lazarus, Investing, 401(k), nursing, healthcare reform

To annuitize or not to annuitize -- with apologies to Shakespeare

Mar 29, 2012
I am ready to convert my 401(k) into an IRA. I am 61 years old and want to start taking annual distributions. The current balance in the 401(k) is $562,000 and I would like to withdraw 4 percent annually. Fidelity Investments is recommending a Guaranteed Annuity of $400,000 and the remaining in a managed portfolio fund (balanced). The annual fee for annuity is 1.90 percent of the balance and the managed portfolio 1 percent. These are the only fees. There is a 2 percent penalty if withdrawn within the first 5 years. Is this a good option, or should I keep the money in moderate conservative index funds? Emma, Las Cruces, NM
Posted In: annuity, immediate annuity, retirement savings, 401(k), IRA, pension

Retirement and working longer

Mar 28, 2012
"A steadily growing portion of the workforce will continue to work at least part-time well beyond the 'normal' retirement age of 65," says a senior research fellow at the New America Foundation.
Posted In: Retirement, Work, Jobs, Social Security, pensions, 401(k)

A bleak snapshot of America's retirement future

Mar 13, 2012
Americans share little confidence in their ability to afford a comfortable retirement. The 22nd Retirement Confidence Survey by the Employee Benefits Research Institute is stagnant at historically low levels.
Posted In: Retirement, retirement savings, 401(k), IRA, healthcare

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