Conventional advice to drain taxable accounts first isn't always best. Consider delaying Social Security and tapping taxable and tax-deferred accounts simultaneously to minimize tax bite.
An hour of effort here and there before 2012 arrives can reduce your taxes, build your retirement savings and simplify your financial life.
The man credited with creating the employee retirement savings plan evaluates the concept 30 years later. Would he do it again?
Perhaps you consult your family or a financial advisor when making retirement savings decisions, but you may not realize who else influences you -- and why.
New IRS inflation-adjusted figures increase the maximum individual 401k retirement plan contribution to $17,000 for 2012. Should you take advantage of it?
Allowing homeowners to tap retirement funds early to make mortgage payments could have toxic consequences.
Workers will be able to sock more away for retirement while enjoying tax benefits.
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