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Contemplating whether to contribute to a Roth IRA or a defined contribution (DC) plan (such as a 401k)? Words of advice: Follow the money! If your company offers you a match for your DC plan contribution, you should keep investing in the account up to the maximum percentage that it will match. This is free money, and you won’t find a better deal any place else.

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Deciding what to do with your 401(k) balance when you leave a job does not have to be difficult. It is something that almost everyone will have to do at some point. The best approach is to look at the various options, understand the differences, and figure out how your decision will impact your ability to save for retirement. In general, here are the options available: 1. Keep your savings in your previous employer’s 401(k) plan (typically allowed if you have a balance of $5,000 or more); 2. Transfer your savings to your new employer’s 401(k) plan; 3. Transfer your savings to a Rollover IRA; 4. Take a cash distribution.

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If you had a dollar for every time you heard the phrase “Start investing early,” you could retire with a million. If you actually acted on that phrase, you are probably retiring with more. Now is the time to encourage your children and grandchildren to start saving as soon as they get their first job. Let’s assume that your teenage child or grandchild is employed for five years from age 16 to age 21. During this time, he or she saves $276 per month ($3,315 per year) and invests the money in a Roth IRA (paying taxes, of course, but at a low tax bracket). This may be a serious sacrifice for a teenager, so any contribution from you would be of great help. Assuming the money returns the historical equivalent of a diversified 60% stock/40% bond portfolio, your child can retire at 65 with $1 million tax-free, without having to invest another dollar after age 21.retirement