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You Are Never Too Old to Convert

There is a lot of information out there about how converting to a Roth IRA is a great move for younger people. This is no surprise. A younger person who converts may pay taxes on a smaller IRA balance and have years to accrue tax-free earnings in their Roth IRA. But what about older people? Older individuals should not overlook the potential tax benefits of converting later in life.

5 Reasons Why Millennials Should Go with a Roth IRA

If you are a young worker, you, like many other members of the millennial generation, may be juggling student loans and expensive rent. Retirement? That is likely the last thing on your mind, although you may have a sneaking suspicion that the generous pensions that older generations enjoy probably will not be there for you. What can you do now to save for a more secure retirement? Well, for many millennials the Roth IRA is the way to go. Here are 5 reasons why.

3 Five-Year Rules for Roth IRAs You Need to Know

Do you have a Roth IRA or are you thinking about starting one? You may have heard that a “five-year” rule is important for these accounts. Well, that’s just the beginning of the story. There are actually three different five-year rules for Roth IRAs. You need to understand each of them to maximize the benefits of your Roth IRA.

3 Roth IRA Myths You Can't Afford to Believe

Roth IRAs are powerful retirement savings tools... if you used correctly. Here are 3 Roth IRA myths you simply can't afford to believe.

10 Things You Should Know About the 10% Early Distribution Penalty and IRAs

IRAs are designed to be used for retirement savings. Ideally, to maximize the benefits of these accounts, you should not touch these funds before reaching retirement age. However, in the real world, you may need money and consider tapping your IRA earlier. If you do, you should be aware of the 10% early distribution penalty. This penalty is assessed on early distributions from IRAs, in addition to any taxes you may owe. Here are ten things you should know about the 10% early distribution penalty and IRAs.

When Can I Take Money Out of My Roth IRA?

This week's Slott Report Mailbag, proudly sponsored by GoldCo Precious Metals, delves into more common IRA questions. Can you put your future retirement home in your IRA? Can you make an IRA contribution for a deceased person in their year of death? When can you take money out of your Roth IRA? We have the answers below.

Avoid This Trap When Using a Roth IRA to Pay For College

Paying for college is challenging enough. Paying for college while saving for retirement can be nearly impossible. There is only so much money to go around. Roth IRAs can be a great way to bridge the gap between paying for college and saving for your own retirement. But be careful to avoid this trap that could cost you in lost financial aid dollars.

A Clever Financial Aid Strategy: Use Roth IRA Distributions to Pay Off Loans

On Monday, we posted an article to The Slott Report detailing 3 reasons why you may want to use a Roth IRA instead of a 529 plan to help save for a child’s college education. Since then, we’ve received a fair amount of feedback from readers and follow-up questions, many of which asked if using a Roth IRA to pay for a child's education expenses now would impact their aid in the future. We have the answer.

3 Reasons to Use a Roth IRA Over a 529 Plan for Education Savings

For some time now, the cost of a college degree has been rising at perilously high rates, and as a result, the dream of one day going to college, for many, remains just that ... a dream. With college tuition and associated costs rising so dramatically, it’s no surprise that people are looking for new and creative ways to save for these expenses. One such alternative method involves the use of a Roth IRA over more traditional college savings vehicles, such as 529 plans and Coverdell education savings account. Here are three reasons why it may be a good move.

When Can I Start Taking Distributions From My Roth IRA?

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This week's Slott Report Mailbag looks at the Roth IRA 5-year rules and how they apply to an investor who wants to start taking distributions from his Roth IRA. Also, it's year-end, so we look at a popular question involving the process of determining if you have a required minimum distribution (RMD), and if so, how much.

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