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Cost of Early Retirement Plan Withdrawal

Cost of Early Retirement Plan Withdrawal

It’s not a good sign when people raid their retirement plans to pay bills, college tuition, or auto repairs, but more workers have been borrowing from their accounts or taking hardship withdrawals in the past few years. At the end of 2010, 28% of active 401(k) participants had outstanding account loans, and another 7% took […]

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The Risk of a “Flight to Safety”

The Risk of a “Flight to Safety”

As the financial crisis grew in severity from 2006 to 2008, U.S. investors moved more than $1.5 trillion into money market mutual funds as a “flight to safety.” Over the next two years, cash flowed out of these funds almost as quickly as it flowed in when investors rushed to purchase growth-oriented securities in the […]

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Making Your Own Retirement Opportunities

Making Your Own Retirement Opportunities

About two-thirds of small-business owners fear that they are financially unprepared for retirement, yet one-third of small-business owners do not have any type of personal or business-sponsored retirement plan in place.1–2 If you are worried about your retirement prospects, it may be well worth the effort to divert a percentage of your earnings into a […]

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Here Comes Another Earnings Season

Here Comes Another Earnings Season

Publicly traded companies are required to report their financial results to regulators and shareholders on a quarterly basis. Earnings season is the often-turbulent period during which most companies must disclose their successes and failures. An earnings surprise — whether profits come in above or below the stock market’s expectations — can have an immediate effect […]

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Steady Income for a Long Life

Steady Income for a Long Life

The number of Americans aged 90 and older almost tripled between 1980 and 2010 and is expected to quadruple by 2050.1 This trend reflects the fact that life spans have been increasing steadily since 1900 (see chart). Of course, life expectancies represent the average number of years someone of a certain age is expected to live. You […]

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Libor Levels

Libor Levels

The London Interbank Offered Rate, commonly known as Libor, has been in the news this year because of allegations that a number of banks tried to manipulate it during the 2007–2009 financial crisis. If you are not familiar with Libor, you may wonder what it is and how it might affect your own financial situation. […]

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Updating Heirs on Your Accounts

Updating Heirs on Your Accounts

The beginning of the year is a time when many people reflect on the past and look forward to the future. It may also be a good time to review your beneficiary designations to make sure they reflect your current wishes. This is especially important if there have been changes in your life, such as […]

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The Affordable Care Act Goes into Action

The Affordable Care Act Goes into Action

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been the subject of speculation and uncertainty since it was passed by Congress in 2010. Nonetheless, the law’s provisions have been enacted according to a specified timetable, and after surviving legal and political challenges, the ACA enters a pivotal phase of implementation in 2013. This may […]

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Tablets May Help Simplify Small-Business Tasks

Tablets May Help Simplify Small-Business Tasks

Not long ago, small businesses may have found it difficult to compete with larger companies, especially those with the financial resources to develop or purchase more advanced technology. In the last couple of years, however, innovative and relatively inexpensive apps for tablet computers may have helped some small businesses save time, increase productivity, and reduce […]

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