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Moneytree Software introduces Roth IRA conversion, other tools

February 15, 2010

Many of the vendors in the financial planning space have issued updates to their software or introduced entirely new Roth IRA conversion calculators in the last year. Now Money Tree Software has expanded the Roth Conversion Analysis model in...

White House backs Roth IRAs as default pension investment vehicle

February 7, 2010

Retirement savings for workers automatically enrolled in individual retirement accounts under the administration's fiscal 2011 budget proposal would be invested in Roth IRAs — unless they specifically chose a traditional IRA. That detail about...

Lord Abbett offers discounts on IRAs

January 10, 2010

Lord Abbett & Co. is offering discounts to clients who open an individual retirement account by April 15. The mutual fund company said that it will waive its $10 annual custodial fee for such accounts and will pay FedEx shipping charges for...

Tax-smart year-end charitable giving

November 21, 2018

When our extended family gathers around my sister's Thanksgiving table each year, we each express our gratitude for the people, events and experiences that shaped our lives over the past year. Inevitably, our thoughts and sympathies turn to...

Rollover tip sheet: What advisers should consider

December 1, 2018

Just as location, location, location is often said to be the key to good real estate, rollover recommendations have their own mantra: document, document, document. Here are some factors, based on checklists used by advisers and suggested by...

Regulators have a sharp eye on IRA rollovers, so advisers must act cautiously

December 1, 2018

After the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule for retirement advice was killed earlier this year, many brokers likely breathed a sigh of relief. Now things could return to normal, especially in regard to IRA rollovers, a lucrative part of many...

House Republicans ask DOL to go easy on retirement plans

December 11, 2011

More than four dozen Republican House members sent a letter to the Labor Department last Monday urging the agency to tread carefully if it includes individual retirement accounts in a new rule that would expand the definition of “fiduciary”...

Obama seeks $1B to fund auto-IRA agency

May 17, 2009

President Obama wants as much as $1 billion to establish a federal organization to oversee his proposed automatic-IRA plan. The specific government re-sources devoted to this program — which could enroll an estimated 75 million people in direct-deposit...

3 last-chance retirement moves for 2018

November 12, 2018

Most clients are aware that their required minimum distributions, or RMDs, generally must be withdrawn by year-end. But here are three more retirement tax moves advisers should remind clients about before the year closes. Complete rollovers...

DOL fiduciary rule: Transfers of IRAs in the new fiduciary world

July 18, 2017

Advisers to plans, participants and individual retirement accounts are now fiduciaries under the Department of Labor's new regulation and prohibited transaction exemptions. As a general statement, any investment recommendation will be fiduciary...

Planning Roth conversions during tax reform uncertainty

June 23, 2017

What will 2017 or even 2018 tax rules look like? Going into summertime it's starting to look like any major tax reform may not be effective until 2018. One thing is for sure, though: Roth conversions will be affected, both the conversions already...

Grad students could fund IRAs with stipends under Senate bill

June 19, 2017

A bi-partisan Senate bill that would allow funds from a graduate student's stipend or fellowship to be deposited into an Individual Retirement Account has been introduced by Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and...

5 costly inherited IRA mistakes

May 12, 2017

Inherited individual retirement account mistakes are expensive and often fatal, meaning they cannot be fixed like some other IRA mistakes can. Advisers should have their antennas up when an IRA owner dies and leaves the IRA to a non-spouse beneficiary,...

The conundrum of state-run retirement plans

May 8, 2017

Last Wednesday, the Senate narrowly voted to overturn a Department of Labor policy that would help states offer retirement savings plans. The policy had created a safe harbor that essentially would have exempted states from complying with ERISA...

Trump administration targets class-action right in DOL fiduciary rule, but other legal avenues could remain for investors

August 31, 2017

Even before the Labor Department has finished its review of its fiduciary rule, the Trump administration has made clear that it is targeting a part of the measure that would make it easier for investors to pursue class-action lawsuits against...

Congress gives Roth 401(k)s new life

January 20, 2013

As the curtain came down on 2012, most investors assumed that with it went the best opportunity for Roth conversions. The general expectation was that higher tax rates this year would make Roth conversions less attractive for a broad swath of...

Military benefit allows widows to put $500K into Roth IRA at once

June 26, 2017

Financial advisers working with members of the military often need military-like precision and knowledge of the special circumstances facing service members to help them avoid costly missteps. Last year, Christy Raines, owner of Azimuth Wealth...

10 important client considerations with 401(k) rollovers

January 12, 2017

A tremendous amount of money flows from 401(k)s to IRAs every year through rollovers as individuals retire, switch jobs or just consolidate their wealth. Financial advisers are eager to serve this marketplace due to the opportunity involved....

Should you name a trust as an IRA beneficiary?

February 22, 2019

Financial advisers may be wondering how to best bequeath clients' individual retirement account assets to heirs in the event of their death. The question becomes, should they name a trust rather than an individual as a beneficiary of the IRA?...

What's in your IRA? GAO says retirement accounts hold lots of 'unconventional assets'

January 10, 2017

Individual retirement accounts held roughly $50 billion in “unconventional assets” in half a million accounts at the end of 2015, according to a report published Monday by the Government Accountability Office. Real estate, private equity...

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