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May 2020

Is Now the Time for a Roth Conversion?

Allowed by some retirement plans, a Roth conversion permits the transfer of pre-tax dollars to Roth, with income taxes paid on the transferred amount, instead of upon the distribution of the pre-tax funds. (once certain qualifications are met, Roth balances are not taxed at all upon distribution). …

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May 2020

Tips to Avoid Taking that Retirement Plan Withdrawal

In a recent Top of Mind, we discussed how accessing retirement plan funds during the COVID-19 pandemic is not the greatest idea. But how can employees avoid a withdrawal or loan when they really need the money? Here are a few tips to help individuals achieve better financial footing without raiding …

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Apr 2020

CARES Act Myths

More than one month has passed since the enactment of the CARES Act, yet there are still many widely held misconceptions about the retirement plan-related provisions. In this week’s Top of Mind, we attempt to dispel some of those myths. Myth # 1: Anyone can take advantage of the new CARES Act loan …

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Apr 2020

Before You Take that Retirement Plan Withdrawal…

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) signed into law last week makes it easier than ever to take distributions and loans from a retirement plan, with fewer tax consequences. Beyond this provision, employers may also voluntarily make it easier to take withdrawals and loan…

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Mar 2020

Looking to Buy an Annuity? You May Already Have One!

Annuities, a form of investment that can provide a future stream of income payments to their owners, are aggressively marketed in retirement plans. And, it appears that the recent market uncertainties will only exacerbate the situation. While annuities serve as an important component in retirement p…

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Mar 2020

How to Delay and/or Avoid Required Minimum Distributions

While the SECURE Act raised the commencement age from age 70½ to 72 for required minimum distributions (RMDs), there are actually a number of other ways that retirement plan participants can delay and/or avoid minimum distribution requirements if they plan ahead. Consolidate pre-tax retirement plan…

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Feb 2020

Random Nuggets I’ve Learned from the Internet, 2nd Edition

One of the benefits of constantly consuming retirement-related content is that, even after 28 years in the retirement business (yes, I’m old!), there is still an endless number of things to learn. In the second edition of “Random Nuggets I’ve Learned from the Internet,” I cover some of those.While i…

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Feb 2020

Decumulation Confusion: Social Security Claiming Strategies

In Part 1 of our decumulation series, we discussed the oft-overlooked topic of decumulation, or the spending of retirement plan assets during retirement years. In Part 2, we explored annuities as a decumulation strategy and the associated confusion for retirees. In Part 3, we examined the 4% rule, a…

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Jan 2020

The Retirement Plan Terms to Avoid

At a recent That 401(k) Conference, I had pleasure of viewing a presentation on a defined contribution plan language study from Invesco that, to be frank, floored me. Common retirement plan terms, used by me and many others, scored terribly when deployed in participant communications – with some eve…

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