Investments in Tax-Advantaged Accounts

Open an IRA, Roth IRA, or 401(k) investment account to take advantage of taxable account benefits.

Tax-advantaged accounts, such as IRAs and 401(k) plans, provide a great way to save for retirement. And if your only investments are in tax-advantaged accounts, then your primary focus should be on diversifying appropriately for your specific goals and risk tolerance. However, if you have assets in both non-tax-advantaged accounts as well as tax-advantaged accounts,… Read More


IRA Contribution Information for 2015

Know the rules and limits of 2015 IRA contributions so you can plan ahead.

The end of 2015 will be here before you know it. It’s time to start planning now for maximizing your IRA contributions. Late last year, the IRS announced its 2015 retirement plan contribution and income limitations.[1]  Some of the income limits for making contributions and taking deductions include cost-of-living increases over 2014, so it’s worth… Read More


An Investment Strategy Checkup for the 4th Quarter

Be sure to evaluate your investment strategy at year-end to account for any changes that have happened over the past year.

Don’t look now, but here comes the 4th quarter. The end of the year is a good time to take a look at whether you’re on track with your investment strategy. Don’t wait until the end of December. That could force you to make decisions or take actions too hastily. First, review your financial goals…. Read More


How to Determine Whether a Traditional or Roth IRA Works for You

Roth and Traditional IRAs

When it comes to investing, one size does not fit all. This is especially the case when it comes to deciding whether to go with a traditional or Roth IRA. Depending on your situation, either one could provide certain tax advantages to your financial plan. But you need to know the key differences. The Basics… Read More


The Decline of Pensions Leads to Greater Reliance on IRAs and 401(k)s

With the Pension Plan Becoming Extinct, How Can Investors Save for Retirement?

Over the last several decades, there’s been a gradual decline of pension plan availability in the United States. There was a time when people worked longer and collected less in overall pension benefits due to shorter life expectancies. Pension benefits paid over 5 or 10 years to a loyal employee who put in 30 years of service didn’t… Read More


Saving Through the Ages

Saving through the ages

Matthew Amster-Burton

Reputable financial advisors, websites and your mom say to save for retirement, college, a down payment for a home and emergencies. A typical response might be, “Yeah, but how much?” and “When?” Libraries of books have been written on this subject. The implication is that determining your proper savings rate involves solving differential equations, brushing up… Read More


401(k)s for the Self-Employed

Matthew Amster-Burton

Every once in a while, I receive a stack of paper in the mail from Vanguard addressed to “Plan Administrator,” which gives me an undeserved sense of self-importance. No, I didn’t select “Plan Administrator” from a drop-down list of salutations that also included “Dr.,” “Lord,” and “Marquis”; I am actually the administrator of a 401(k)… Read More