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    • How the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. or PBGC Guards Your Pension Created: Sunday, July 27, 2014 Updated: Sunday, July 27, 2014
      Worried what will happen to your pension if your company makes a false move? The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) may ease your concerns.
    • What Is Pension Smoothing? Created: Sunday, July 27, 2014 Updated: Sunday, July 27, 2014
      The latest financial trickery is not coming from Wall Street but from the government. Called pension smoothing, it's less smooth than it sounds.
    • When Should You Take a 401(k) Loan? Created: Friday, April 25, 2014 Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014
      Before you consider borrowing from your 401(k) or other employer-sponsored retirement account, make sure you have considered these four reasons to take a 401(k) loan.
    • 5 Things to Consider When Retiring Overseas Created: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
      5 tips for planning the perfect overseas retirement from a relocation consultant.
    • Hardship Distribution FAQs Created: Monday, April 28, 2014 Updated: Thursday, July 10, 2014
      Answers to frequently asked questions about hardship distributions or hardship withdrawals that allow you to take money out early from a 401(k), 403(b) or 457(b) retirement plan.
    • The 5 Biggest Retirement Mistakes Created: Saturday, September 28, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, July 09, 2014
      Want to retire wealthy or at least comfortable? Avoid these retirement mistakes.
    • 5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Social Security Created: Monday, June 23, 2014 Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014
      If you are near retirement age, these five tips can help you develop a strategy for how and when to begin claiming benefits.
    • Asset Allocation and Your Investments Created: Monday, June 30, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
      It's all in the mix! The investment mix. Asset allocation is all about finding the right blend of investments to fit your goals and risk tolerance.
    • Retirement Ready Checklist Created: Monday, June 30, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
      Ready for retirement? Pre-retirees need to prepare, so here's a handy retirement readiness checklist to help you plan for your next adventure.
    • Financial Engines Profile Created: Monday, June 30, 2014 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Profile of Financial Engines, an investment advisory service offered through large employers and retirement plan administrators.
    • Vesting Created: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Understand vesting and vesting schedules for employer-sponsored retirement plans.
    • What is the deadline to contribute to an IRA? Created: Monday, November 01, 2010 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      What is the deadline to contribute to an IRA? You can contribute at anytime, but there are limitations based on the calendar year.
    • SEP IRA Contribution Limits for 2014 Created: Friday, November 08, 2013 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
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    • Life Annuity Payment Option Created: Monday, May 09, 2011 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Definition of life annuity payment option
    • Fiduciary Duty Created: Monday, March 28, 2011 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Definition of fiduciary duty. Retirement Planning.
    • Home Equity Created: Monday, February 28, 2011 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Definition of Home Equity. Retirement Planning.
    • 401(k) Plan Created: Saturday, May 03, 2008 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Definition of 401(k) retirement plan
    • Individual Retirement Account (IRA) Created: Saturday, May 03, 2008 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Definition of regular IRA, traditional IRA, individual retirement account
    • How to Build a Laddered Portfolio Created: Friday, November 30, 2012 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      A laddered portfolio can be created with bonds, CDs or other fixed-income investments. But how does a bond ladder work, and is it right for you?" itemprop="description" itemprop="description"<...
    • Retired, With Children Created: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      An adult child moving home is not necessarily a retirement killer. But you must establish clear guidelines so that your retirement savings and retirement plan remain in tact."
    • How Much Can I Contribute to an 401(k) in 2012? Created: Friday, June 08, 2012 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Find out how much you can put into your 401(k), Roth 401(k) or SIMPLE IRA in 2012." itemprop="description"> Monday, July 18, 2011 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Ever wonder the difference between a regular IRA and Roth IRA? Read this article!" itemprop="description"> Monday, April 25, 2011 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      You may not realize that some of your medical expenses are tax deductible. Save those receipts!" itemprop="description"> Thursday, February 20, 2014 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Ever thought about retiring outside your own country? Here's a list of the 10 best places in the world to retire outside of the U.S.
    • Last Minute Retirement Planning Created: Saturday, May 03, 2008 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Even late starters to retirement planning have options. Whether by taking advantage of the 401(k) and IRA catch-up provisions or by strategically delaying your retirement date, you can still achiev...
    • What is your definition of an ideal retirement? Created: Monday, February 08, 2010 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Different people envision retirement differently. More than a certain amount of money, tell us what retirement means to you.
    • Essential Retirement Documents Created: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      The essential documents to have ready before you retire.
    • 6 Easy Steps to Building Your Retirement Investments Created: Monday, December 24, 2012 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Investing is not instinctual and most of us don't know what we're doing. But with a little bit of understanding and discipline, you can make the most of your retirement investments. Here's how to b...
    • Year-End Retirement Planning Created: Thursday, December 20, 2012 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Give yourself a gift that keeps giving in the New Year and for years to come with these end-of-year retirement tips.
    • A Totally Gen-X Retirement Created: Monday, June 17, 2013 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Generation X, those born between the early 1960s to around 1980, is the group that retires after the baby boomers. Now more than ever, it's important for Gen-Xers to plan and save for retirement.
    • Top 5 Retirement Planning Essentials Created: Friday, September 21, 2012 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      If you haven't started building your nest egg, or even if you have, get to know the five most important things to know about saving for retirement.
    • How Much Should I Save for Retirement? Created: Thursday, May 17, 2012 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      How much do you need to have saved before retirement? The short answer is: as much as you can.

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