retirement plans

Secure 2.0: Can you save for retirement while paying off your debt?

I used to believe you couldn’t pay off debt and save for retirement, but new legislation through the Secure 2.0 Act is making me reconsider. … Read More

How to rollover your 401(k) to Fidelity

I explore the process of doing a rollover of a 401(k) to an IRA at Fidelity Investments for the first time. UPDATE: Added in details on whether you are rolling over pre-tax funds or Roth funds. I’ve been taking a … Read MoreRead More

How will you spend your time in retirement?

While preparing for the financial aspect of retirement is important, it’s also vital to figure out how you’ll spend your time too. When you think of retirement, what comes to mind? (Okay, you probably are feeling some dread that you’ll … Read MoreRead More

The Saver’s Credit: Free money for retirement

I talk about The Saver’s Credit, and how some people who might have assumed it wasn’t relevant to them might qualify now. (Nothing in this post should be considered tax advice. Please see my Disclosure Policy.) The pandemic probably changed … Read MoreRead More

If you were automatically enrolled in an IRA, would you opt-out?

A look at the state-run auto-IRA plans and whether they are a net benefit for employees who don’t have (or utilize) other retirement options. Not everyone has access to a workplace-retirement account like a 401(k). A few years ago, I … Read MoreRead More


Why a 401(k) is the most lucrative investment product for most people

Lord have mercy, my day job just recently started offering a 401(k)! When I switched jobs last year, I was dismayed, as one can imagine, that there was no employee-sponsored retirement plan offered to me. When I asked, as politely … Read MoreRead More

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What if you can’t contribute to a 401(k)?

In my previous post, I talked about what to do if you’re ineligible for contributing to a Roth IRA. This most commonly is due to having an income over the limit set for those contributions. But just like you could … Read MoreRead More


What if you can’t contribute to a Roth IRA?

Roth IRAs are awesome. There’s just no other way that I can see that regular folks can invest in a way that lets money grow tax-free, without any Required Minimum Distributions or anything like that. Plus, a retirement account where … Read MoreRead More


Enter the retirement mutant hybrid: the Roth 401(k)

When people think of employer-based retirement accounts like 401(k) plans, people often think that that implies pre-tax contributions. It’s only your own self-directed retirement accounts (IRAs) that have the post-tax (Roth) option. I used to be one of those people. But … Read MoreRead More

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Seriously, take the employer match

What if I told I could get you an immediate 100% return on an investment? Would you believe me? According to the American Benefits Council, 80 percent of full-time workers have access to a defined contribution plan such as a 401(k) … Read MoreRead More