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Question: My 401(k) is invested entirely in stocks and has dropped 30% over the last two months. Should I move my account out of stocks now, or should I wait for my account balance to go back up and then move it into bonds until the market stabilizes? I’m afraid I’m going to lose even [...]
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Question: I'm 55 years old and have my entire retirement savings plan at work invested in a total stock market index fund. I'm worried, though, that my account is too heavily skewed toward equities given my age. Any suggestions for how I might take a more balanced approach? --Ray K., Oakland, California
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Question: I have $100,000 in an annuity with AIG that my mom and I depend on for income to live. Should I cash it out even though I would suffer a loss, or do you think I should hold onto it? It’s so hard to know what to do. —Kitty Schwartz, Plano, Texas
Answer: Most people [...]
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President Obama on Saturday announced changes that the IRS plans to make to encourage workers to save more of their paychecks.
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Question: Now that the stocks in my IRA have taken a big hit, does it make sense for me to convert to a Roth IRA? I anticipate retiring in about 10 years. —Scott Bottorf, Johnston, Iowa
Answer: The decision to convert an IRA or 401(k) to a Roth IRA should be based on your overall finances [...]
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Question: What is the most aggressive asset allocation that a 70-year-old retiree should have? --Martin Reynoso, Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Question: I'm a 56-year-old teacher and my husband recently passed away. I don't own a home or have a pension or any investments, but I will receive a considerable sum from my husband's life insurance policy. My question is how should I invest this money? A financial adviser at my credit union wants me to put it into a variable annuity, but I've heard that this type of annuity is good only for the person selling it. What should I do? --Val, California
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Question: I'm 52 years old and think I might get laid off soon. If I do, I'm thinking of rolling over the $250,000 in my 401(k) into a self-directed IRA that I would invest in real estate and try to make money in foreclosures, rental properties, etc. Do you think this is a good idea? --Larry C., Eldersburg, Maryland
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Question: I'm 57 and have a defined pension plan at work. At age 62, I can retire with a lump payment of just over $831,000 or I can get a monthly annuity payment of almost $5,400 for the rest of my life. What should I consider in choosing between these two options? --Bob Rozak, Germantown, Maryland