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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

Savings strategies after locking in a low rate

May 11, 2012
My husband and I just refinanced our house at a great rate (15-year fixed mortgage at 2.875 percent). Our house payment is low and we can afford to pay more each month. Would the best use of our money be to pay down the principal on this low-interest loan or put extra away for retirement or for our children's college fund? We have two young children and are in our late 20s/early 30s. Thanks for your help! Katie, Helena, MT
Posted In: Savings, college savings, mortgage, retirement savings

High fees erode retirement savings

May 10, 2012
Fees matter. Financial companies love to talk about compounding returns. But fees compound too.
Posted In: retirement savings, 403(b), fees

A startling health-care bill

May 9, 2012
The mutual fund giant Fidelity calculates that a 65-year-old couple retiring in 2012 will need around $240,000 to cover medical expenses through their retirement. Ouch!
Posted In: health care, medical expenses, Retirement, retirement savings

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

An age gap and retirement portfolios

May 2, 2012
How do you plan your investments when you're planning for people of different ages? If a family has one person who is of retirement age and another who's much younger, how should common investments be allocated? Conservatively (keeping in mind the older person) or aggressively (in the interests of the less old person)? Thanks!!! Rina, Bronx, NY
Posted In: retirement savings, asset allocation, diversification, Marriage and money

Retirement savings is gone. Now what?

Apr 27, 2012
Hi. I'm 53 years old and have had to go through the little bit of my retirement savings. Now, I have $5,000 to start something, as far as retirement goes. What should I do? I do not have anything through work. Actually, my workplace is on brink of closing right now. Lisa, Louisville, KY
Posted In: Roth-IRA, retirement savings, Work, Social Security

Too much going into retirement accounts?

Apr 19, 2012
Outside of my 403(b) Base Program, which my employer matches 10% to my 5%, how much should I sock away in a 403(b) Supplemental? Currently, I contribute 5% to a 403(b) Supplemental, for a total of 20% of 110% of my paycheck. I fully fund a ROTH IRA every year, so I am wondering if I should be saving more of my paycheck to a more liquid asset. Michael, Haslett, MI
Posted In: retirement savings, Savings, taxable accounts

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