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Question: I'm trying to decide whether to participate in my company's 401(k) plan. I'd like to start contributing to it, but given what's going on in the markets and economy, I'm afraid this is just not the right time. Or is it? --Rudy H., Pearland, TX
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The good news and bad news about your nest egg: You can find ways to make it last, but it’s not going to be pretty.

I’m retired and have lost a third of my savings and a third of my monthly income. I don’t have earnings, so I can’t add new money to my retirement portfolio. [...]
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Your estate plan is in place. Or is it? Not if you have out-of-date beneficiaries on your financial accounts. The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case of a woman suing her late father's pension plan for money she believes should be paid to her, not her mother - who was still listed as the sole beneficiary even though she forfeited rights to his pension in their divorce. Know these things to avoid a similar mess.
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Question: I'm trying to decide whether to participate in my company's 401(k) plan. I'd like to start contributing to it, but given what's going on in the markets and economy, I'm afraid this is just not the right time. Or is it? --Rudy H., Pearland, TX
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In a world turned upside down, you must re-examine some basic assumptions. A good place to start: understanding the true nature of risk.
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