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Saving For Retirement

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Ask Clark: What is a life insurance retirement plan and are they recommended? Insurance November 28, 2018
What if there were a way for you to avoid paying taxes in retirement? That's the promise offered by a…
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Vanguard’s new access to lower fees expected to save investors $80 million Money & Credit November 20, 2018
Vanguard is expanding access to lower investments fees from Wall Street to Main Street with its latest move. RELATED: These…
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Saver’s Credit: How to get free money to save for retirement Taxes November 2, 2018
If you think you have to earn a lot of money to save for the future, you're in for a…
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Investor Alert: 2019 contribution limits for your 401(k) and IRA are going up! Money & Credit November 1, 2018
Great news if you're a saver...You'll be able to contribute more money than ever to your retirement accounts starting in…
Should you sell or stay put in the stock market?
Should you sell or stay put in the stock market? Investing & Retirement October 23, 2018
After following a stock market that's been on a pretty steady upward climb since late March 2018 — and has recently…
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Do you need emergency savings if you’re already doing a good job investing? Money & Credit October 19, 2018
When people finally start deciding to save money, one of the more common questions is: "Do I need to build…
401(k) error - Beware of making this $300,000 mistake with your 401(k)
Beware of making this $300,000 mistake with your 401(k) Money & Credit October 18, 2018
There's a hidden time bomb ticking in your 401(k) that could leave you with $300,000 less to spend in retirement…
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Should I roll over my 401(k) into an IRA when leaving my job? Money & Credit October 9, 2018
Paul Simon once famously sang about "50 ways to leave your lover," but there must be 101 reasons why people…
Are Social Security benefits going away?
Are Social Security benefits going away? Money & Credit October 3, 2018
Social Security has sustained generations of Americans and kept them out of poverty as they aged. But will Social Security…
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Retirement needs may differ, but the math is the same for everyone Money & Credit September 27, 2018
Everyone’s financial retirement needs are specific to them. Some folks just need or want more money than others. Do you…
AARP’s free Social Security calculator helps you maximize your benefits
AARP’s free Social Security calculator helps you maximize your benefits Money & Credit September 20, 2018
Trying to understand how Social Security will meet your needs down the road is a lot like looking into a…
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Financial Independence, Retire Early: What you need to know about the ‘FIRE’ movement Money & Credit September 6, 2018
What would you say if we told you some people willingly deprive themselves of luxuries and save up to 70%…
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Clark’s 5 numbers you need to know about your investment portfolio Money & Credit August 29, 2018
Are there any "magic numbers" when it comes to investing? Not really. You certainly can't time the market by knowing…
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Clark’s 5 numbers you need to know about your investment portfolio Money & Credit August 28, 2018
Are there any "magic numbers" when it comes to investing? Not really. You certainly can't time the market by knowing…
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It’s never too late to be a happy retiree Money & Credit August 20, 2018
Do the latest “You Should Have ___ Millions Saved For Retirement By Now” articles make you wince? You're not alone.…
Map of $1 million retirement length by state
Here’s how long $1 million will last in retirement in all 50 states Money & Credit August 8, 2018
Will $1 million be enough for you to retire comfortably on in your golden years? It turns out that depends…
Warning: This oft-forgotten expense could wreck your retirement plan
Warning: This oft-forgotten expense could wreck your retirement plan Money & Credit July 31, 2018
There's a rarely discussed danger that threatens to tarnish your golden years: Parents supporting financially unstable adult children! RELATED: Americans…
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Americans are actually saving more than we thought — but it still may not be enough Money & Credit July 27, 2018
New revisions to economic data show that Americans did a better job of saving than previously though over the past…
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How to find missing money from an old 401(k) you forgot about Money & Credit July 20, 2018
For years, money expert Clark Howard has talked about ways to find missing money from forgotten bank accounts, insurance policies,…
Social Security: 3 ways your check can get bigger in retirement
Social Security: 3 ways your check can get bigger in retirement Money & Credit July 20, 2018
So much of what we do here at Clark.com is geared toward people who are nearing retirement and giving them…
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Why you shouldn’t cash out your 401(k) when changing jobs Money & Credit June 21, 2018
The average worker no longer spends a lifetime with a single employer. That raises a dilemma when you do leave…
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How a summer job could turn you into a millionaire Money & Credit June 14, 2018
Teens looking for work this summer have been met by a bumper crop of opportunities. If you're a teen or…
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Social Security quiz: Are you smarter than the average American? Money & Credit May 29, 2018
They say that knowledge is power. That's certainly true when it comes to your finances. According to the newly released…
Investment Guide: Advanced investors
Investment Guide: Advanced investors Investing & Retirement May 24, 2018
Mutual Fund Supermarkets With a mutual fund, you get access to a bundle of securities that's managed by a portfolio…
Investment Guide: Intermediate investors
Investment Guide: Intermediate investors Investing & Retirement May 24, 2018
Low-cost index funds can be the cornerstone of your investment portfolio As an alternative to a 'set it and forget…
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5 things to know before setting up your free my Social Security account Money & Credit May 23, 2018
Have you set up a 'my Social Security' account yet? If you're between the ages of 50 and 59, there's…
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Saving for retirement: Why you may not need as much as you think Money & Credit May 22, 2018
Which type of retiree would you rather be: striving to keep up with the Joneses or living contently as a…
Ask Clark: What is a backdoor Roth IRA?
Ask Clark: What is a backdoor Roth IRA? Money & Credit May 22, 2018
Traditional IRAs are a more common investment choice than Roth IRAs. According to research by the Investment Company Institute, as…
Report: 50% of people 75 years old or older have outstanding debt
Report: 50% of people 75 years old or older have outstanding debt Saving For Retirement May 21, 2018
We hear scary stats about how bad money decisions compromise people's retirement future all the time. Just the other day,…
Four ways freelancers can save for retirement
Four ways freelancers can save for retirement Money & Credit May 18, 2018
The gig economy has exploded over the last decade. Today, it's no biggie to find our neighbors, family members and…
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