RetirementPlanning

How to Sneak Into a Roth IRA Through the 'Back Door'

The Roth IRA is one of the best retirement vehicles around, thanks primarily to its terrific tax advantages. The only problem is that some people earn too much, and aren't qualified to contribute directly to one. Fortunately, there's a way around those restrictions.

When You Retire Really Matters

As baby boomers start hitting age 65, putting off retirement for a few years has become all the rage. But even if you're pessimistic about your financial prospects, you may not need to wait as long as you might think to retire securely.

401(k) Fees: What You're About to Learn Will Shock You

When investors open their 401(k)statements this fall, they'll finally be able to see in detail how previously hidden fees have been chipping away at their retirement savings. That's a good start: Here's how to let that news shock you into action.

Your Boss Doesn't Understand Your 401(k) Plan's Fees Either

401(k) plans are under fire for their high and often-hidden fees, which rob employees of their investment returns. But don't blame your employer -- when it comes to understanding the retirement plans they offer, the bosses are just as much in the dark as workers are.

80 Is the New 65: How High Should We Boost Retirement Age?

Imagine what life would be like if we tacked 15 years onto the official retirement age -- it's not a particularly far-fetched scenario. AIG CEO Robert Benmosche has warned that Europe may have to do just that, and the U.S. will soon face a similar crisis.

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How to Retire With the Same Income You Have Now

Using the Social Security Administration's online system, you can run tailor-made scenarios showing how much you'll get from the government benefit when you retire. And from there, you can plot out your master retirement plan.

What's a Realistic Retirement Age?

A reader asks: "What's a realistic retirement age? How much longer will most of us have to work?" The answer depends on how successful you've been at saving, how cushy a lifestyle you want, and, of course, when you prefer to disengage.

The 5 Most Dangerous IRA Mistakes You Can Make

There may be several good reasons to withdraw funds from your IRA before 59 1/2, but be careful, because the penalties and fees can add up, writes MoneyShow personal finance expert Terry Savage.

Should You Accept a Pension Buyout Offer?

Recently, 90,000 former Ford workers got an interesting offer: They could trade monthly pension benefits for a lump sum of cash. Are such offers a good deal? That depends quite a lot on who you are.

What the Looming Retirement Bubble Means for You

Most Americans aren't saving anywhere near enough money to live out their golden years comfortably. Odd are, you're one of them. If so, here are a few ways you can realign your finances and plans with reality ... before it's too late.

Point: Prepare for a Scary Income Gap in Retirement

Generations of Americans are facing threadbare finances in retirement: Judging by what people say they expect to spend versus what they expect to take in, the disparity between income and expenses will be severe.