How to Use 529 Plans for College Funds and Education

529 plans are an investment vehicle that allows taxpayers to save for all levels of education. Contributions are made with after-tax dollars, but accumulated earnings and qualified withdrawals are tax-free for federal taxes. If savings towards education for your child or another beneficiary is a priority to you, this type

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How to Maximize Savings with an IRA: Rules & Limits for 2021

An Individual Retirement Account (or IRA) is an “individual retirement plan” that is funded through personal contributions. IRAs are a great addition to traditional 401(k)s and allow individuals to save for retirement with tax-free growth or on a tax-deferred basis, depending on the type of IRA. Basic Definitions There are

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How to Balance Multiple Savings Goals to Meet your Needs

There are many ways to evaluate how to spend your income earned: a portion on fixed expenses, another percentage on discretionary expenses, and the balance to future savings. But what happens when you have more than one savings goal? How should the total amount saved be allocated among goals?  This

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Securing a Strong Retirement Act of 2020

COVID-19 has had a monumental impact on the economic landscape in 2020, and the repercussions will be felt long after the year is over. While economic studies of retirement contributions for 2020 have found that most participants stayed the course during the pandemic and continued regular retirement contributions, the overwhelming

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