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Contemplating the Death of the Stretch IRA

Over the past several weeks, we’ve used the Friday Roundup to highlight some important proposed legislative changes that, if approved, will have a significant impact on many people’s retirement plans. Most significantly,
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The Positives – and Perils – of “Back-Door” Roth IRA Contributions

If you’re a high-income earner, contributing to a Roth IRA may appear to be off-limits because of the government's income-level restrictions. But that's not true.
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June Sightings

Sighting: A mild recession, a not-so-mild bear market? Recession fears resurfaced at the end of 2018 as a combination of negative data surprises, communication blunders by the Fed, slowing growth overseas, and rising
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SMI on the Radio: Which Kind of IRA Is Best for You? (audio and transcript)

The Roth-vs.-traditional playing field is more level than it may seem. 
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Making Sense of Your IRA Options

An Individual Retirement Account is a great tool for building savings. But rules related to eligibility, account types, and "rollovers" can be confusing. We sort them all out for you.
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Roth IRAs and Roth 401(k)s: Similar, Yet Different

The Roth IRA and the Roth 401(k) sound similar, but there are significant differences in how Congress has structured these two types of retirement accounts.
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Traditional IRA vs. Roth: Which Maximizes Retirement Income?

Roth IRAs often are touted as being superior to traditional IRAs because Roth withdrawals are tax-free in retirement. But a closer look shows the Roth-vs.-traditional playing field is more level than it
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April Sightings

An inverted yield curve, such as seen recently in the bond market, may signal a recession ahead. Or it may not. Here are recent insights on the topic. Plus, Roth-conversion "bracketology."
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New SMI Investment-Planning Resources Available

The development of Multiply, SMI’s new video-based investing study, led us to create new support materials to help Multiply small group or workshop participants act on the ideas they learn. These new materials are
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Wednesday Grab Bag

When I was a kid, there was always a certain allure to the "Grab bag" — the mysterious bag-o-stuff that didn't reveal its contents until after you bought it. As an avid young football card collector, I recall bouts of
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