Critter Corner: Maryland Officially Launches State-Run Retirement Program

Dear Angel,My husband and I live in Maryland and are both still working. We are doing the best we can when it comes to saving for retirement. His work doesn’t have a program in place at this time. I heard something about a new … [Read more...]

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The Four Phases of Retirement and Leaving a Legacy

Dr. Ken Dychtwald, CEO and founder of Age Wave, is a researcher on aging and financial habits in America, author of 18 books, and one of the world’s foremost experts and visionary thinkers regarding aging and longevity. In some of … [Read more...]

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Critter Corner: How to Live Comfortably Off Just a Social Security Check During Inflation

Dear Angel,My mother is considering whether to take Social Security or to delay doing so, and if she does, she hopes to be able to live comfortably off it during inflation. Is this even possible and if so, how? Thanks for your … [Read more...]

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“Back Door” Roth Conversions: Should You Convert Your Traditional IRA into a Roth IRA?

Q. My husband and I are hoping to retire in five years, and we’re finally ready to do our retirement planning and estate planning. We both have significant amounts in traditional IRAs and are wondering if we should consider … [Read more...]

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Avoiding the Most Common Retirement Mistakes

Q. My wife and I are on target to retire in five years. We want to make sure we don’t make any major mistakes along the way. What, in your opinion, are some of the most common retirement mistakes and how can we avoid them? Thanks … [Read more...]

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Giving Gifts to Grandchildren Without Wrecking Your Own Financial Future or Creating a Sense of Entitlement

Q. I have six grandchildren -- three from each of our two daughters. They live close by so I see them often and adore every one of them. I am not getting any younger and have some money I’d like to gift to them now, while I am … [Read more...]

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After the Covid-19 Pandemic—How It Has Impacted Retirement

Jane and Steve were planning on retiring in five years. Now, a year after the COVID-19 pandemic, those plans have changed. When Steve’s business wasn’t doing well this past year, they couldn’t contribute to their retirement … [Read more...]

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Critter Corner: Wise Tips for Retirement from a 98-Year-Old

Dear Angel,I am thinking about retirement. I would love tips from someone who has “been there” for a while. Do you have any wisdom you can share from the people that you meet? I’d also like some practical tips when it comes to … [Read more...]

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Are RMDs Back This Year or Will They Be Waived Again?

Q. I turned 70 in November 2019. I was planning on taking my first required minimum distribution (RMD) in May 2020 (when I turned 70½) until the government waived 2020 RMDs. Is my first RMD now due by May 2021? What about my wife, … [Read more...]

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Understanding the Changing RMD Landscape in 2020

Q. I understand that the rules for Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) from workplace retirement plans and individual retirement accounts have changed this year due to the SECURE Act earlier in the year and the recently enacted … [Read more...]

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