401(k) Contribution Limits are Jumping

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According to the New York Times, the I.R.S. announced one of its largest increases in decades to caps on retirement contributions, allowing workers with access to the plans to save more. Questions: How much will employees be able to contribute in 2023 to 401 (k) plans? How much are the catch-up contributions for 2023 and… Read more »

The New Retirement Model

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According to the Washington Post, well-off Americans retiring early while balancing the economy with health concerns and drawing on federal stimulus funds, market gains, and equity from skyrocketing home values. Questions: What unusual trend is happening along with the early retirement course? When does Social Security allows most people to enroll for retirement payments? According… Read more »

Nissan and Ghosn Fraud

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According to the Washington Post, Nissan will pay $15 million, and former chairman Carlos Ghosn will pay $1 million to settle allegations by U.S. regulators that they hid more than $140 million of Ghosn’s retirement benefits from investors. Questions: How long was Ghosn CEO of Nissan? What punishment did the SEC impose on Ghosn? Was it for hiding… Read more »

Something to look forward to? Bankruptcy in Retirement!

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According to a recent study, the rate of people 65 and older filing for bankruptcy is three times what it was in 1991. Questions: 1. What are some of the main reasons that this is happening? 2. What is happening to the next generation nearing retirement age and why is this happening? 3. In 2016,… Read more »

A Toast to Howard Schultz – Coffee That Is!

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Howard Schultz is stepping down as executive chairman and member of the Board of Directors of Starbucks and will be honored with the title of chairman emeritus effective June 26, 2018. Questions: 1. How long has he been CEO and Chairman? 2. Briefly summarize what his tenure has meant for the company? 3. What is… Read more »

You can’t take it with you!

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While Bloomberg indicates that younger generations aren’t saving enough, older Americans are sitting on top of unprecedented piles of assets built through stock market and real estate booms. Questions: 1. What does a new study find about many U.S. retirees? 2. What are the financial statistics for American households and nonprofits according to the article?… Read more »

Bye-bye Loopholes! You will be missed!

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Keep an eye out for three retirement loopholes that the government may close shortly. They have become increasingly popular as financial advisers have learned how to exploit kinks in the law. Questions: 1. Who benefits from the Back-door Roth IRA conversions and how does this work? 2. What bothers lawmakers about “the stretch IRA?” 3…. Read more »

Humans are Bad at Understanding Compound Interest

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Maybe you haven’t even thought about your retirement, but according to Matthew O’Brien, you should. This is particularly true if you are contributing to a 401 (k). Questions: 1. What should you look at rather than the returns when picking your 401(k) funds? 2. According to O’Brien, what do 1.25 % annual fees for retirement… Read more »