Tag Archives: 401(k)

2014 financial resolutions: An update

I posted a blog in early January 2014 outlining my seven financial resolutions for the new year. I’ve made some progress, but frankly, I have some considerable work yet to do.

Here’s an update:

Financial resolutions for the new year

Like millions of Americans, I make a list of New Year’s resolutions each year that, come March, are all but out the window. This year, it’s going to be different. I’ve already hopped on the treadmill and made some progress …

Pension troubles highlight challenges

 

The City of Detroit’s recent bankruptcy filing has raised questions about whether the city’s pension fund will be able to make good on its promises to workers. Detroit’s downfall has cast light on other public pension systems facing troubles, including …

Starting now can help you finish strong

I recently had the opportunity to watch a video of couples talking about retirement, which, for them, was about ten years away. The couples were broken into three self-described categories: fully prepared, somewhat prepared, and not prepared. At the end …

The 401(k) debate

I just finished watching a new documentary on 401(k) plans. It was intended to be an exposé of sorts. The program combined criticisms of the U.S. retirement system and financial services industry with sinister music for added drama. After I …

Is your retirement bucket leaking?

A new study reported in the press summarizes what retirement experts have known for a while: Tax-deferred retirement accounts such as 401(k)s and IRAs can sometimes be “leaky buckets,” meaning that some individuals tap their tax-advantaged accounts prior to retirement. …

Early in your career? Consider a Roth

Here at Vanguard, we’re in our busy season. As clients set New Year’s resolutions to save more and prep for submitting their taxes, we receive more phone calls and emails. There’s a tradition at Vanguard where employees from around the …

Maximizing retirement account balances

I was just reading a blog that reported the typical pre-retiree had $42,000 in a 401(k) account as of 2010. Yet, I happen to know the actual figure is more like $100,000. These two numbers reveal how much confusion can …

Wealth implosion 2007-2010

The headline is dramatic. For the typical American household, net worth is down 39% from 2007 to 2010. That puts net worth for the typical household back where it was in the early 1990s. This data is from the Federal …

401(k)s in the crossfire

401(k)s remain a focal point of criticism when thinking about retirement security in America. One example is a recent op-ed column in The New York Times.

Perhaps the most commonly cited concern about 401(k)s is the size of current …

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