Category Pension

Required Minimum Distributions – What You Need To Know

Many types of retirement accounts offer enormous tax advantages.  For example, if you make contributions to an IRA or 401k, you may be able to deduct those contributions (i.e., not pay income taxes on the income you use to fund those accounts) now — and, instead, let the money grow — with no taxes due […]

2015 IRA, 401(k) and other retirement plan contribution limits announced

By law certain retirement plan limits get adjusted every year, not exactly tracking inflation (i.e., not by the CPI) but rather in “chunks” which approximate it. For 2015, the following limits have been announced: IRA Contributions (combined limit across Roth and Traditional): $5,500IRA Catch-Up Contributions (for folks over 50): $1000[Both unchanged from 2014 and, actually, […]

The Father of the Modern 401(k) Says It Fails Many Americans

<http://www.marketplace.org/topics/sustainability/consumed/father-modern-401k-says-it-fails-many-americans&gt; “Thus began the era of make-your-own-retirement.” The 401k wasn’t exactly an accident – it was intentionally put into the tax code.  But the blockbuster growth of it, and the way it’s supplanting the traditional pension more and more – that was not the original intention. Scott Tang at American Public Media (NPR) discusses the […]

Should I be alarmed at a “MAP-21” notice in my employer’s pension information?

A recent poster to the misc.invest.financial-plan newsgroup asked about a MAP-21 notice as part of the information from his employer’s pension plan.  Below, you’ll find our response: Should I be alarmed at the following info contained in my former employer’s Annual Funding Notice for Retirement Plan?   With MAP-21 rates, fund is at 101%, without […]