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Dear Liz: My husband and I have been putting 5% and 6%, respectively, into our 401(k) accounts to get our full company matches. We're also maxing out our Roth IRAs. The CPA who does our taxes recommended that we put more money into our 401(k)s even if...
The release of the annual trustees reports for Social Security and Medicare has generated some of the most overheated hand-wringing about the health of these two crucial programs in recent years, largely because the economic slump has made them look...
The public's window into nonprofit arts groups’ financial condition is a time-lapse look. The numbers typically don’t become available until many months after an organization has closed the books on a fiscal year. They're now in for most...
WASHINGTON — Here's a heads-up for the growing ranks of seniors whose post-retirement monthly incomes aren't sufficient to qualify for a mortgage under today's tough underwriting standards: Thanks to a rule change by the largest players in the...
The retirement plans of more and more Americans are about as connected to reality as Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Grim is exactly what it is going to be for these folks when, in their 70s, their 401(k)s have petered out, they have no pensions and no...
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Underfunded state pensions are a vexing problem that even the brightest minds at the Milken Institute Global Conference can’t solve. State governments nationwide have fallen behind in saving for employee retirements. The average public pension...
Dear Liz: I try to watch out for my neighbors, a married couple in their early 90s. Two of their three sons, who are both in their 60s, want them to get a reverse mortgage. The couple's house is paid off as well as their cars. They pay all their monthly...
Dear Liz: What would you suggest that someone do with $20,000 if the someone is closer to 40 than 30, single, with $100,000 of student loan debt and a $250,000 mortgage? My salary is around $100,000 a year. I have an emergency fund equal to six months...
Re "Garcetti, Greuel gingerly hug city worker unions," March 28 Bob Schoonover, president of SEIU Local 721, is quoted in the article as describing the public and private retirement programs as two lifeboats, one with a leak. Private 401(k) plans go...
Dear Liz: Could you advise us on how to protect our 93-year-old mother's assets if she should become ill or die? She does not have a living will or a trust regarding her two properties. Answer: "If" she should become ill or die? Your mother has been...
More than 25% of Americans are dipping into 401(k) retirement accounts to pay for bills. U.S. workers are tapping into nearly a quarter of the $293 billion placed into their retirement savings each year to pay for mortgages, credit cards and other...
Dear Liz: I just turned 70. Must I draw now from my IRA? I still work full time. I heard from one investment company representative that since I work, there is an exemption that I may not have to start withdrawals. Is this true? Answer: You can postpone...
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