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Q. I'm retiring soon from my employer of more than 40 years with a defined benefit pension plan. How can I maximize my monthly payment while still providing adequately for my wife in the event of my death? — M.K., Orlando A. Sometimes a retiree...
Q: I'm interested in setting up a college plan for my grandson in California. Is a state prepaid plan or the 529 plan the better way to go? — J.M. Winter Springs A: The benefit to the state prepaid plans is that the investment risk of funding your...
Q: My husband and I are both working part-time jobs with no benefits, and we have two young children. We have $600,000 in old 401(k) accounts, $130,000 in cash from a land sale and $5,600 in credit card debt. What should we be doing with our cash? —...
Could it happen again? Could your retirement plans end up in shambles, and your college savings tattered? As investors see the stock market repeatedly climbing to new records lately, some people want to know that they will be safe this time. They'd...
Q. I work for a public school district, and it is required that I participate in the retirement plan that it provides. Can I still contribute to an IRA? — S.F., Orlando A. It doesn't matter that you are required to participate in the retirement...
Q: I am 65 and getting ready to retire with a pension plan. Should I take a lump sum or a monthly payment? We have other resources available, Social Security and my husband's pension. — D.M., Orlando A: You should consider whether you think you...
Q: I have money I would like to keep at a bank. What's the most that will be covered under federal deposit insurance? L.S., Winter Garden A: The max is $250,000 that will be covered for the same registration. Anything more than $250,000 should be held...
Tags: Personal Finance, Personal Income
Whom can you trust for money advice? It's a fundamental yet complicated question that's getting attention recently with publication of a controversial new book, "Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry." Author Helaine...
Q. What exactly is a Roth IRA? M.D., 68, Orlando. A: It is a form of an Individual Retirement Account in which contributions to the account are not tax deductible, unlike contributions to a traditional IRA. As a result, Roth IRA earnings are not...
Tags: Personal Finance, Social Security
Dear Liz: A lot of financial advice sites say you should have an emergency fund equal to three to six months of living expenses. What would be considered living expenses? Should you use three to six months of your net take-home pay or a smaller number? Is...
The Hartford CourantAmong the promising ideas President Barack Obama spelled out in his State of the Union address, the one that resonated with me is a premise on which we can all agree. "What makes you a man isn't the ability to conceive a child but having the courage...
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Q: What is the difference between a Medicare Supplement and Medicare Advantage plan? C.S., Kissimmee A: Medicare has deductibles, co-payments and co-insurance called out-of-pocket expenses. A Medicare Supplement is purchased to pay those expenses....
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