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Author Malaspina, Margaret A., 1944-

Title Cracking your retirement nest egg (without scrambling your finances) : 25 things you must know before you tap your 401(k), ira, or other retirement savings plan / Margaret A. Malaspina.

Publication Info. Princeton, NJ : Bloomberg Press, 2003.


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 Granby, Main Library - Adult  332.024 MAL    Check Shelf
 Middletown, Russell Library - Adult Nonfiction  332.02401 MAL    Check Shelf
Description 217 pages ; 24 cm
Note Includes index.
Contents Introduction : get your exit strategy ready. Understanding the basics -- Cast your retirement savings into the right role. Decide whether your primary goal is to generate income from your retirement savings or to preserve as much of its value as you can for the next generation -- Know the facts about your pension and retirement savings plans. It's easier to maximize your income, lower your taxes, and avoid penalties if you understand your pension and retirement savings plans. Get the essentials in order -- When to get started-and how. Give yourself two to five years to put your investment strategy in place, six months to one year to get paperwork in order -- Organization, consolidation, and paperwork. You need a "back-office" plan to make your job easy and convenient -- How to choose, change, and keep track of your beneficiaries. Your beneficiary form is the will for your retirement account. Keep it in a safe place. Types of retirement plans -- Your workplace pension plan. Think about your goals and your skills before you choose how you want to take retirement income from a pension plan -- Individual retirement savings accounts. Even if you have never had an IRA, chances are there could be one in your future -- Small business retirement savings plans. Similar rules, but fewer protections, apply to small business retirement plans. Know the rules for rollovers and withdrawals -- Rollovers and withdrawal options for
How to Create Your Income Strategy. Limit your first withdrawal to 3 percent to 5 percent and raise the dollar amount you withdraw to keep up with inflation -- When an annuity makes sense. An annuity can guarantee you income for life, but costs and health of the issuer vary widely -- When a Roth IRA conversion makes sense. It's a great, tax-savvy way to pass on wealth to your heirs. But the window of opportunity for conversion may be small -- When you don't need your retirement savings for income. You need a special strategy to maximize wealth transfer and minimize taxes. Special Situations -- Early withdrawals from your retirement savings. You can get around the 10 percent penalty tax -- Company stock in your retirement accounts. You could reduce your tax bill by about a third on this asset, a very good deal if the stock has appreciated strongly -- For women only. Women fall behind during their retirement savings years and need strategies to catch up because they live longer than men -- When your partner is not your spouse. A domestic partnership agreement affords protection when you are separated by death -- When you inherit retirement assets. Two imperatives : preserve the tax-deferred growth, and don't touch a penny until you know the rules -- Your retirement assets as part of your estate. A proper beneficiary form is essential, and a trust may help you accomplish special goals.
Subject Pension trusts -- United States.
Pension trusts -- Taxation -- United States.
Pension trusts -- Law and legislation -- United States.
Old age pensions -- United States.
Old age pensions -- Taxation -- United States.
Old age pensions -- Law and legislation -- United States.
Social security -- United States.
Retirement income -- United States.
Finance, Personal -- United States.
Added Title 25 things you must know before you tap your 401(k), ira, or other retirement savings plan
Twenty five things you must know before you tap your 401(k), ira, or other retirement savings plan
ISBN 1576601269 alkaline paper
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