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Retirement savings for the self-employed

It's April and time for yet another retirement account question. I am self-employed and want to open a new retirement account. Does anyone have experience with an individual 401(k) or SEP-IRA? [more inside]
posted by natasha_k on Apr 1, 2014 - 5 answers

MFAaaaaay 401Kaaaay PHDeeeeee IRAaaaay

What is the best way to move money between retirement accounts while I am currently employed so that I can access it and minimize penalties when I go back to school? (Many, many details inside) [more inside]
posted by rock'em sock'em puppets on Feb 27, 2014 - 7 answers

Help me start saving for retirement (U.S.)

I would like to finally start saving for retirement! I'm thinking a Roth IRA is the way to go (unless you think otherwise and can tell me why), but I am a little confused/overwhelmed with how to proceed. A few snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by likeatoaster on Feb 20, 2014 - 14 answers

Wanted: Savvy retirement advice for a struggling youth

If I live until retirement age, I don't want to be broke. I am 24 and I want to start saving for retirement now, but I’m unsure how to go about it. I’ve heard good things about Vanguard, but I’m looking for some personal anecdotes and solid advice on how to go about this. [more inside]
posted by Driven on Dec 2, 2013 - 17 answers

Questions in preparation for early retirement

I am thinking of retiring early, relatively soon. Probably within five years, maybe much sooner. I want to make sure that I correctly understand various things, so I have several questions related to taxation, Obamacare, health savings accounts, IRAs, and SEPP. [more inside]
posted by Sock McPuppet, Jr. on Jul 1, 2013 - 5 answers

Retiring Early and Yes I am Lazy!

I am 28, have a $60,000 a year job in Accounting and expect to be making close to $100,000 in seven years (after that, raises more uncertain). I want to retire some time in my early to mid 40s. I have a wife who is 34 and works as a retail manager (making about $40,000 a year). I am planning on living off of 20% of our after tax income (excluding mortgage payments). We currently do not have a mortgage but are planning on a house soon. We would like to travel at will and have the (option) of not working ever again. We also do not mind retiring in a cheaper location (Costa Rica, etc) to save on costs. What investment vehicles should I be considering given that I am retiring early? What kind of jobs that are part time could a retiree easily perform? How much money should be going in employee 401k type programs vs. individual investment options and IRA contributions. [more inside]
posted by locussst on May 4, 2013 - 12 answers

Any advantage to IRA if I can't deduct contributions?

I'm taking a new job with a very small company that doesn't offer a 401k. My spouse's job does offer a 401k. Based on what I see on this page, with our income, we would not be able to deduct any contributions I make to an IRA, and we're not eligible for a Roth IRA. So what is my best retirement investment strategy? [more inside]
posted by primethyme on Apr 25, 2013 - 10 answers

With the Dow so high, is now a good time to start a Roth IRA?

Hello! I'm in my early 30s and am finally financially stable enough to start socking away some cash in a Roth IRA (my employer does not offer any retirement plans). However, I'm a little worried that, with the market being at such a high, that something will happen due to all the current BS going on with Congress and the market will crash again, and I will lose a good chunk of money. Is this fear totally unfounded? Should I just start my Roth and hope for the best?
posted by emily37 on Apr 2, 2013 - 20 answers

Saving for retirement with no employer retirement program

How to save for retirement when my employer offers no retirement savings program and I cannot contribute to an IRA tax-free? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Mar 23, 2013 - 12 answers

401k/Roth undisclosed "Forfeiture Fee" halves retirement rollover. Help!

I recently rolled over my old 401K and Roth accounts through an old employer and held by ADP. Throughout the process, I was told the only fee would be the $50 "account transfer fee". But when the checks arrived half of my money was missing! [more inside]
posted by iheijoushin on Mar 11, 2013 - 8 answers

Tell me about your awesome Roth IRA.

I have a chunk of money just sitting in an account that doesn't even earn interest. I'd like to park it into an IRA, but would like to avoid spending many hours researching them. I'd love to just pick a place, transfer the money over, and be done with it. What bank/financial institution currently offers the lowest fees for the best results? Do you have one that you adore, and offers a good deal? [more inside]
posted by chowflap on Jan 28, 2013 - 18 answers

Early retirement account withdrawal

Need to pay off upcoming credit card bill. Can I use any of my retirement accounts to pay them off without incurring any fees? [more inside]
posted by AngryTypingGuy on Jun 11, 2012 - 5 answers

Is there a benefits to keeping money in a 401k account after the job is terminated?

I have $1000 in a 401k from a job at which I no longer work. The Personal Rate of Return right now is at -40%. Should I still roll this out into an IRA account or is there a benefit to keeping it in that 401k account?
posted by elif on Nov 1, 2011 - 6 answers

What's the best way to save for retirement as a freelancer?

What's the best way to save for retirement as a freelancer? [more inside]
posted by sharkfu on Sep 28, 2011 - 6 answers

Which is worse - less savings or more debt?

Should I cash out my IRA to significantly reduce my credit card debt? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 27, 2011 - 12 answers

Looking for Roth IRA recommendations.

I'm looking for recommendations on where to open a new Roth IRA. Looking for something with low fees and index funds. I could put in a chunk of cash if need be, but it would be great to find one with no minimum if I commit to a certain amount per month. Who have you all been happy with when it comes to customer service and ease-of-use?
posted by emily37 on Jul 5, 2011 - 14 answers

One Time Special IRA Deal For You This Year Only

2010-Only-IRA-Filter: Should I roll my Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA? [more inside]
posted by Fiat124 on Sep 3, 2010 - 9 answers

Roth IRA but will not be working anymore??

Can I keep my Roth IRA if I'm not working anymore? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Feb 7, 2010 - 5 answers

Show Me The Money!

You are not my CPA but I need advice! I make too much money to contribute to a Roth IRA but I hear the rules are changing. How can I take advantage of this in 2010? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 28, 2009 - 3 answers

Investing Outside of a Tax-Sheltered Account

Is it worth it for a student who makes less than $10,000/year to invest outside of a tax-sheltered account? [more inside]
posted by mahoganyslide on Nov 25, 2009 - 7 answers

What to do with a leftover 401k account?

What to do with a 'leftover' 401k account? [more inside]
posted by bookdragoness on Aug 30, 2009 - 9 answers

Can I keep some of the money?

PARS distribution questions -- I taught part-time for 10 years. Recently I realized that life is too short for doing that and so I've stopped. The school notified the PARS retirement and they want to distribute to me. [more inside]
posted by notned on May 19, 2009 - 1 answer

What's my best bet in moving a Rollover IRA to another bank/brokerage firm with my negative net worth?

I need to know what my options are for moving this thing, given that I have a negative net worth. Can I roll it into another brokerage-style Rollover IRA at a brokerage firm, not a bank, and avoid the money laundering law stuff? Or am I relegated to Bank IRAs until I'm out of school debt? Do I suck it up and take the $75/month hit until I can start depositing money again (I don't know when that will be), and hope that the investments make up the difference in the long run? I haven't lost as much as most in my portfolio, and I know I have time to make up the losses, the monthly fee just seems like an unnecessary loss I should be able to avoid. [more inside]
posted by blue andrea on Apr 20, 2009 - 5 answers

Where should I put an inherited IRA?

I inherited an IRA (under 50 K). Because the person who contributed all the money is dead, I am required to take annual distributions. It's currently managed at a big bank, for an annual percentage, plus fees. I'd prefer to have it local, low-cost. Who might offer this, plus managing the distribution, at very low cost? [more inside]
posted by theora55 on Mar 7, 2009 - 14 answers

Does one reduce risk by investing in mutual funds held by different groups?

Does one reduce risk by investing in mutual funds held by different groups? If I invest in an S&P 500 index fund with both Fidelity and Vanguard is that better than just going with Vanguard? Or is the SIPC protection such that I need not worry about such things? [more inside]
posted by grouse on Feb 9, 2009 - 7 answers

Lesser of two tax burdens?

My partner and I need to pay off some debt, and unfortunately we need to dip into our retirement funds. Our tax accountant is on vacation and we can't find the answer to our question. We have two sources–either sell some stock or cash out a couple of short-term IRA CDs. Which is the lesser of two evils? [more inside]
posted by al_fresco on Dec 13, 2008 - 11 answers

How should I invest for retirement?

I am trying to figure out how to invest money for retirement and otherwise. I am in my late 20s, earn $55,000 annually, have no debt, and about $90,000 in savings. I am currently putting 5% of my salary into a 403(b) which is the maximum amount my employer will match. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 2, 2008 - 11 answers

Can I opt out of income taxes on inherited retirement benefits?

Can I opt out of paying income taxes on inherited retirement benefits in the USA? I won't be filing a tax return, anyway. [more inside]
posted by xanthippe on Jul 22, 2008 - 9 answers

VTIVX FOF FTW?

What, if anything, is a "Target Retirement" fund like VTIVX missing? [more inside]
posted by selfnoise on Jun 30, 2008 - 4 answers

MAGI May (Be Headed North of $100k)

Will opening a Solo 401(k) before year's end reduce my modified adjusted gross income (MAGI)? I'm a 28-year-old freelance worker with a sole proprietorship, and I'd like to be able to fully fund my Roth IRA for 2008 [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 26, 2008 - 1 answer

Please help me decide between Fidelity and Vanguard.

Questions about opening a Roth IRA -- particularly, does it matter where I open it? If so, Fidelity vs. Vanguard? [more inside]
posted by salvia on Apr 6, 2008 - 13 answers

Roth IRA contributions?

Can I contribute to my Roth-IRA from my savings account if I don't earn an income? [more inside]
posted by ruwan on Mar 19, 2008 - 7 answers

The new job I'm at offers a crappy 401K program--no matching at all!! Should I enroll in it or just keep my money and put it into an IRA when I have the minimum?

The new job I'm at offers a crappy 401K program--no matching at all!! Should I enroll in it or just keep my money and put it into an IRA when I have the minimum? [more inside]
posted by misanthropicsarah on Nov 6, 2007 - 23 answers

Should I put my Eggs in a Risky Basket?

IRAfilter: Am about to get a traditional IRA to roll some retirement funds into from an expired employer plan. Got stuck when I was asked which mutual funds to select. [more inside]
posted by ikahime on Jul 17, 2007 - 10 answers

Selling shares within a Roth IRA

What are the rules about selling shares held in a Roth IRA? Warning: still a bit of a finance n00b... [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint on Jul 13, 2007 - 17 answers

HSA's = tax-free retirement account?

Health Savings Accounts (HSA's) ... Can they be used as just another tax-free retirement account after you max out your Roth IRA? [more inside]
posted by MrBCID on May 16, 2007 - 6 answers

Where to stash retirement funds?

I'm an employee at a small business. I need retirement fund ideas beyond the Roth IRA? [more inside]
posted by cschneid on Mar 1, 2007 - 9 answers

What's with all these retirement plans?

I have a 401(k) from a previous employer. What should I roll it into? [more inside]
posted by SpecialK on Feb 27, 2007 - 9 answers

Does it make sense to (and what are the tax implications) of converting IRA funds into a Roth IRA account?

Does it make sense to (and what are the tax implications) of converting IRA funds into a Roth IRA account? [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Jan 25, 2007 - 12 answers

Which IRA/broker/funds to get when facing retirement in 20 years?

A friend in her mid-40s is, for various reasons, only now getting a belated start on planning for retirement. Help me point her in the right direction! [more inside]
posted by fizzyliftingdrink on Nov 3, 2006 - 13 answers

It was all going so well...

I'm confused - I want to plan for my retirement and have got as far as applications for a 401k and a Roth IRA; but then it all goes hideously wrong.... [more inside]
posted by forallmankind on Aug 13, 2006 - 19 answers

401(k) woes, big time

Having trouble with my 401(k) direct rollover... how screwed am I? [more inside]
posted by selfnoise on Jun 26, 2006 - 6 answers

Retirement for Handicapped

Please help with some early retirement advice: I am 35 and have a slowly progressive degenerative neurological condition. I would like to save money for the future because I'm not sure how long I will be able to work. I don't make a lot of money. I have a 401k at work, but what else would you recommend for someone in my situation. [more inside]
posted by spakto on Mar 7, 2006 - 20 answers

How do I choose a bank for my IRA?

I want to open a Roth IRA account. How do I choose the bank? [more inside]
posted by scazza on Jun 22, 2005 - 16 answers

401K Investments

InvestmentFilter: So I'm permanent now at work, and have to pick a 401k option. I don't think i'll be there for many years, and cashed out the last time I had one. (But then again, i'm older now, and 70 is only 31 years away).What do you guys suggest for a 1-3 year timeframe, 401k-wise, given the fluctuating market? (If I need to, I have absolutely no qualms about cashing out again, and have never had much faith in the market at all, in general.) [more inside]
posted by amberglow on Jan 29, 2004 - 23 answers

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