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FAQs About Required Minimum Distributions for Retirement Accounts -- Abstract: If you're older than 70½, the deadline for taking RMDs is New Year's Eve. Start the process now to beat the end-of-year rush and to dodge the penalty for missing the deadline.

How the Saver's Tax Credit Can Boost Your Retirement Savings -- Abstract: The federal government encourages low-income earners to save for retirement through a tax credit called the Saver's Credit. It is a tax credit for individuals who make under $30,750 or married couples who make under $61,500 a year. But only 25% of those eligible for the Saver's Credit based on their income take advantage of the credit. This is a good 2-page overview.

Here's How 401k Plan Participants Build Larger-Than-Average Account Balances -- Abstract: Do you get discouraged by news reports that harp on how small the average account balance is in 401k plans, and do the headlines make you feel like it's futile to save? This article talks about how 40% of 401k plan members build larger-than-average account balances. It includes three pointers.

Tricks and Traps Involving Minimum Distributions -- Abstract: Both pensions and IRAs are subject to required minimum distribution rules. These rules are complex and constantly changing, and the complexity presents certain planning opportunities but also some traps for the unwary. This article is a general primer on the RMD rules and the issues around them that can have unexpected and adverse tax consequences.

Resources

A glossary retirement plan and investment terms available here.


Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions that come to our pension experts.

What is a 401k plan?

Does my employer have to provide a matching contribution?

How do I locate an old 401k that I think I contributed to at a former employer?

If I needed to get access to an old 401k, what are my options?

If a Company You Work for Goes Bankrupt, What Happens to Your 401k

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Managing Your 401k Plan Assets

We are not in the investment advice business, but these articles may give you some important insights. You should always consult with your financial advisor for more detailed information and advice.

A Look at 401k Plan Fees

Asset Allocation Made Simple

Behavioral Finance -- What's Behind Your Investing Decisions?

Company Stock In Your 401k -- Keep it Balanced

Investment Basics

Indexing Prevails in "Stock Picker's" Market

The Magic of Compounding

Ten Steps to Making a Financial Plan to Create a Secure Retirement

Making the Transition: A Pre-Retirement Checklist

The Value of Asset Allocation

Nurture Your 401k Portfolio Using Asset Allocation

Why Is Knowing the Investment Style of a Stock Mutual Fund Important?

Understanding Investment Risk


Other Sites of Interest

Here are a couple of other websites you may find useful.


Why401k.com is a site where participants can go and calculate how their 401k deferrals will effect their paycheck.
Guideto401kloans.com for information on 401k loans.
Guideto401khardships.com for information on 401k hardships.


Calculators

Here are some handy on-line tools to help you solve some common financial problems. If you find these tools useful, be sure to bookmark this page.

The Roth 401k Analysis Tool

401k Savings Calculator

401k Calculator



Some Useful Information

We have gathered a few articles and other information on important 401k issues that are often asked about.

Do Surviving Spouses Have a Right to a 401k or an IRA? - Summary: When choosing a beneficiary for a retirement plan, it is important to understand how your spouse will be treated under the plan. Surviving spouses are treated differently under 401ks and individual retirement accounts (IRAs). While a 401k provides protections for a surviving spouse, an IRA does not.

Top 10 Reasons to Join Your 401k Plan - Summary: Compared to other savings plans available to private sector workers, the 401k plan has many good points. Here are our top 10 reasons why you should join your plan.


Loans and Hardship Withdrawals

Articles on the various rules, regulations. practical issues and guidelines related to 401k loans and hardship withdrawals.

401k Retirement Plan Loans: An Overview

401k Hardship Withdrawals: An Overview

Hardship Withdrawals Give Access to 401k Savings, but at a Cost

Emergency Access to Your 401k: Hardship Withdrawals

Do's and Don't's of Hardship Distributions

Eight Reasons to Never Borrow From Your 401k

Don't Tap Your 401k to Pay Off Debt


Other Good Information on and About 401k's

How does a 401k plan work? When does my employer have to deposit my payroll contributions? How can I take an early withdrawals without penalty? Are there warning signs I should look for? What are my pension rights? We have gathered articles on these and other important issues so you can quickly find in depth information and analysis. And we regularly update and add to this content.

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