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No retirement savings plan for now

by Chris Farrell 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…
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The complex universe of retirement savings plans

by Chris Farrell 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…

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

by Chris Farrell 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…

The 401(k): A failed experiment?

by Tess Vigeland May 4, 2012
Labor economist Teresa Ghilarducci thinks it's time for the 401(k) to be replaced.
How are you planning to retire?
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Yes, participate in a 401(k)

by Chris Farrell 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
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Pension assets are coming back, sort of

by Chris Farrell Apr 3, 2012
Yes, public pension plans are ripe for reform. But overhauling these plans is an opportunity to improve pension design for everyone.
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Getting Personal: Health care, nursing, and investing

by Tess Vigeland Mar 30, 2012
Host Tess Vigeland and David Lazarus from the L.A. Times answer your personal finance queries.
One way or another, if Americans want healthcare coverage, someone's going to have to pay.
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To annuitize or not to annuitize -- with apologies to Shakespeare

by Chris Farrell 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…
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Retirement and working longer

by Chris Farrell 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.
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A bleak snapshot of America's retirement future

by Chris Farrell 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.