11.03.13

Selling Stocks at an All Time Market High?

By almost every measure, the stock market in the United States has hit several all-time highs over the last few weeks. This has led several

Four Questions to Ask If You’re Nervous About Signing Up for a 401(k)

Beth wrote in with a great question: “I have thought for months about going into the HR office and signing up for the 401(k) plan

The Fear of a 401(k)

When I was in high school, my father’s employer launched a 401(k) program. He’d been there for twenty five years (off and on) at that

09.01.13

The Basics of a Roth IRA

Megan writes in: “What exactly is a Roth IRA? I understand that it’s a way to save for retirement but the Wikipedia entry is basically

08.27.13

Retirement Planning in an Uncertain World

This question gets asked all the time on personal finance websites, books, magazines, and talk shows. People begin to look forward to retirement living and

08.26.13

Worried About Economic Collapse and Your Retirement? Here’s Some Food for Thought

The last question in this morning’s reader mailbag left me thinking. Let me repeat Alan’s question again, for all to read. “I’ve been putting away

08.16.13

Are 401(k) Plans a Fraud?

Over the last two weeks, quite a few readers have passed along a link to Helaine Olen’s article at Salon entitled 401(k)s are a sham:

05.07.13

Five Very Simple Truths About Saving for Retirement

Let’s get the scary truth out there: CNN estimates that half of all Americans are saving nothing for retirement. Half of Americans aren’t saving a

05.04.13

Applying Warren Buffett’s 7% Figure to Your Retirement

A few weeks ago, I discussed a Bloomberg article about Warren Buffett’s projections for the stock market over the long term. Here’s a refresher on

04.13.13

Is This Everything You Need To Know About Financial Planning?

Here’s an interesting article I discovered over at the Vanguard site about the basics of retirement planning. In it, the article quotes a section of

03.24.13

More Than 25 Percent of Americans Are Making a Huge Financial Mistake

What mistake? According to the Arizona Star, more than 25% of Americans are raiding their 401(k)s to stay afloat. The only way this even looks

01.27.13

Retirement Investing Obsession

Vitaly writes in: My problem is that I can’t stop looking at my retirement accounts. Whenever I see an investment option that’s doing a little

401(k) From Scratch

Debbie writes in: I’m a 28 year old single mom. I just got a great job as an administrative assistant, one that I was extremely

05.18.12

Loved Ones in Decline

A few years ago, my grandmother passed away pretty suddenly. She had been in somewhat ailing health for years, but she was still well enough

Now and Later: The Great Retirement Question

Over the last few months, I’ve read several articles that center around the idea that people should be saving every possible dime that they can

02.12.12

The Different Meanings of Saving for Retirement

My parents and Sarah’s parents are roughly the same age. Their retirement-age experieces are much different than each other. My parents are both retired in

How Important Is It to Start Early?

I get a lot of emails from people in their forties and fifties who are suddenly panicking about their retirement savings. Often, they don’t have

10.23.11

Help! I Don’t Know What Retirement Plan You’re Talking About!

Connie writes in: Roth, IRA, 401(k), 403(b), FERS, TSP – what on earth does it all mean? I know they all have to do with

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