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Proposed Trump Regulation Rollback Should Scare Even Supporters

The Trump administration has been vigorous in wanting to cut regulations. That’s not always a bad thing. But this suggested change really caught my eye. President Trump has signed a memorandum which clears the way to eliminate the fiduciary rule for investment brokers. The fiduciary rule may sound like something boring but every person saving …

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Are My Retirement Funds Safe From Creditors?

Q. I understand that in certain circumstances IRA and 401(k) money may be protected from a lawsuit. However, if a person is retired and has rolled over their ERISA plan to an account with a financial institution, are those funds still protected? A. Generally speaking, yes. The laws can vary by state. “Under federal law, …

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Help! Credit Card Rewards Put Me Over the IRA Contribution Limit

What could be more painless than saving for retirement by having cash-back rewards automatically swept into your account? A card linked to your Roth IRA could automatically get a boost from rewards, and you would never miss the money. Except that the last part of “set it and forget it” can come back to haunt …

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How Smart IRA Planning Can Help You Pay Less For College

With college expenses at some of the best schools now exceeding $ 60,000 per year, education-related expenses are often one of the biggest obstacles many baby boomers face when saving for their own retirement. For many families, planning for a college education goes hand in hand with IRA’s and retirement planning. Retirement Assets are Exempt …

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Should We Get a Debt Consolidation Loan or Borrow From IRA to Payoff Credit Cards? – Christine

“Dear Steve, CC debt 20,000. Mortgage 39,000. Equity about 300,000. credit score under 500. marrried one income $51,000. 4 kids in college. Turned down from first bank for refinance with credit payoff. Currently spending about $700.00/month on CC payments. should we continue to try to get a loan or should we take the money out …

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Unemployment and Parkinson’s Have left Us in Debt. Should We Use IRA Money? – Mary

“Dear Steve, Due to my husbands unemployment and reemployment at a lower salary and my very small salary due to Parkinson’s disease, we have built up a very large credit card balance. About $40,000. We are barely making ends meet. We have about $200,000. + in an IRA and my husband is 60. We were/are …

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Spouse suffers from severe depression. Should I cash out IRA funds to get mortgage to a manageable amount? – Sue

My husband suffers from severe depression and has lost 2 jobs in the last 2 years leaving me financially vulnerable. I need to plan my finances as if I were the only one bringing in an income. I have 2 children…1 in college with tuition costing me $25,000/year. I currently own a home worth $330,000 …

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Should We Drain What’s Left in the IRA to Pay The Mortgage? – Susan

“Dear Steve, My husband has a IRA account that he had transferred from his previous job, and it was not much. We took money out last year to keep our heads above water. Now we are down to only $15,000.00 in our account. We see losses everyday, and we need the money now to survive. …

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