Should We Borrow From 401k and Life Insurance to Settle Our Debt? – Moke

“Dear Steve, My wife and I are 81K in unsecured debt and 5K in back taxes. All the unsecured debt is now reflected as judgements. We are now both facing garnishments. We are both working and have a yearly combined gross income of about 110K. We own a home and are paying off two cars. … Read more

I Want to Borrow From My 401K to Pay Off My Credit Cards. – Carmen

“Dear Steve, I’ve been a subscriber for a couple of years. I don’t remember how I first found you. I have $26,000 in credit card debt. There are four cards, the lowest interest rate is 9.9%, the highest is 24.24%. I’d like to take a 401k loan to pay them off. I have ~$60k in … Read more

Should We Borrow Money From Our 401K to Buy a Dependable Car? – Mickie

“Dear Paul, Work car is on its last leg..Husband needs transportation 45 miles to work and 48 back. Need dependable car. Husband wants to go into 401 K to get money for car….wife does not…we are in our late 50s and feel we should not touch it. Should we borrow money from 401 K to … Read more

Can I Take Money Out of One IRA, 401(k), 403(b), or Roth IRA and Roll It Into Another Account? – Dave

“Dear Paul, Hello, I am unemployed and need money…fast!!. I have several different retirement accounts: With “Investor-A”, I have both, a Traditional IRA & a Roth IRA With “Investor-B” I have both, 401k & 403b accounts (100% vested)… and I also have a SEP-IRA Interesting scheme… do you think this will work..?? I know you … Read more

Cashing Out My 401(k) to Pay Off Debt. Is It a Good Idea? – Paul

“Dear Paul, I work for the federal government and make about $90K. My wife makes about 45K (no benefits) after losing her corporate job in 2003. I am 47 with an MS, she is 52 with a BS, married 23 years. I have to retire from my current job at 57 so we both know … Read more

401(k) Loans Rising to Make Ends Meet. Spells Big Future Trouble for Consumers.

The bad news is out, more people are raiding their 401(k)s for cash to address current financial needs. While the ability to reach into a 401(k) might be perceived as a good thing, after all isn’t it our own money, it’s not. When you steal from your 401(k) you are really taking money from your … Read more

My Active Duty Military Husband Says We Should Not Start Investing Till He Returns From Being Deployed. – Barbara

“Dear Paul, We are an active duty military couple (14 years in) with one child and gross income of about $120,000 (with pay and allowances) per year. I’m 40, he’s 34. I have a Bachelors in Business and have almost completed a Masters in Finance. We’ve had money issues in the past, but dug ourselves … Read more

Dave is in a CCCS Credit Counseling Program But Feeling Hopeless

“Dear Steve, Family of 4 (13 yr & 12 yr girls). My salary = $112K, wive’s salary = $40K. Total Assets $292K (liquid $10K, autos $9, house $200, 401K $73K). Total Liabilities $204K (mortgage $112, home equity loan $41K, credit cards $24K, 401K loans $22K, auto loan $5K). Net worth = $88K. . .plummeted 35% … Read more

I Am Permanently Disabled. Should I Take Money Out of My 401(k) to Pay My Credit Card? – Jeri

Jeri “Dear Steve, I’m a 51 yr old female on total disability, and will be for the rest of my life. I receive Social Security and Long Term Disability thru the company that I worked for. My question is this. I have a credit card that has a balance of $5900, and the promotion of … Read more

My Disabled Husband Wants to Take Money Out of Retirement to Pay Credit Cards. – Stacy

“Dear Steve, My husband is 53-1/2 years old and recently put on permanent disability because of numerous complications from diabetes. He also will be receiving a small pension from his former employer. We understand that he will not be penalized (10%) for touching his 401K since he is disabled, but will be taxed on whatever … Read more