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Tax-deferred vs Tax-free Investment Accounts

Tax-deferred vs Tax-free Investment Accounts

Tax-deferred vs Tax-free is a concept that is key to making good financial planning decisions. Most retirement accounts fall into these two categories. It’s critical to know which ones are which. It is also worth noting, this concept applies to more than just retirement accounts. Choosing which investment account to use for health and education […]

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403b Plans And What Teachers Need To Know

403b Plans And What Teachers Need To Know

Retirement investing for teachers can be confusing. In addition to pensions, teachers can have access to 403b and 457 plans. There are also considerations related to Social Security. It’s no wonder many teachers are scratching their heads. 403b plans were first introduced roughly 50 years ago. They are sometimes called Tax Sheltered Annuities or TSAs. Long ago, annuities were the […]

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CalSTRS Won't Be Enough

CalSTRS Won’t Be Enough For Retirement

CalSTRS won’t be enough for your retirement and I know that sounds harsh. While having a pension can bring a sense of comfort, teachers must resist this false sense of security. Relying on your teacher’s retirement pension alone might be harmful to your financial health. According to the California Teachers Association website CTAinvest.org “the median CalSTRS pension […]

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Roth IRAs: 5 Things Retirement Savers Must Know

Roth IRA: 5 Things Retirement Savers Must Know

A Roth IRA is an important part of a retirement plan portfolio and deserve a close look from those wanting to make the most of their financial planning. This powerful retirement planning tool was first introduced as part of the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 by then Senator William Roth, Jr. from Delaware. Prior to its introduction most retirement accounts […]

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