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How the SECURE Act changes saving for retirement

by Samantha Fields Jan 1, 2020
An economist and a financial planner break down the most important changes in the SECURE Act, which goes into effect Jan. 1.
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One idea to pay off student debt: use your retirement account

by Justin Ho Dec 5, 2019
Senator Rand Paul wants to allow people to use retirement accounts to pay off student debt, tax- and penalty-free.
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Is the Trump administration leading an "anti-retirement savings movement"?

by David Brancaccio Nov 1, 2017
There are flaws in our retirement system, but GOP changes could make it worse, one expert says.
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How America's retirement savings system needs to change

by Janet Nguyen Sep 29, 2017
Putnam Investments' CEO has some ideas for making defined contribution plans more relevant.
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Risky business: Tapping retirement funds for other uses

by Tess Vigeland Nov 2, 2012
Increasingly, retirement funds are being used for anything but retirement. But there are huge risks involved with raiding your retirement to start a business or for private equity investments.
Increasingly, retirement funds are being used for anything but retirement. But there are huge risks involved with raiding your retirement to start a business or for private equity investments.
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Time to consolidate

by Chris Farrell Mar 20, 2012
Having had three job changes, my investments are in three locations, with a fourth about to start. I have a Roth and two 401(k)s. Is it a benefit to combine all investments into one account? I need to educate myself…
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Slim savings with consumer-driven health plan

by Chris Farrell Feb 13, 2012
There is a lot of theory motivating consumer-driven health plans like the HSA, much of it reminiscent of ideas promoted with the rise of the 401(k) retirement savings plan. Well, three decades later the 401(k) has turned out to be…

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Should I rent to move?

by Chris Farrell Jan 10, 2012
We'd like to move into a new home, but we aren't confident that we could sell our existing home without taking a large beating on our down payment. I know there's a dollar/cost average play here (i.e., the house we'd…
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Tilt to safety

by Chris Farrell Dec 5, 2011
I keep reading that the lesson of the past few years is to throw out the old rules of investing. I don’t buy it. My reaction is the exact opposite. The old rules of investing were hammered out over previous…
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MID-DAY UPDATE: More Americans are tapping their retirement savings ...

by Bill Radke Aug 20, 2010
Fidelity: Records numbers are raiding their 401(K)s American Airlines hit with record fine Transocean: BP's hiding info about the Gulf spill. BP...