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Roth Conversions and Designated Beneficiaries: Today's Slott Report Mailbag

Question: Hi Mr Slott, I read somewhere but couldn't remember where, if a person needs to withdraw an RMD but doesn't need the money, can he convert this RMD to a Roth IRA? Thanks in advance

RMDs to a Trust Beneficiary of an IRA

In the past couple of weeks, I have heard the wrong answer to the question of where required minimum distributions (RMDs) must go to a trust beneficiary from both an advisor and an IRA custodian.

Are You Over 70.5 Years Old and Still Working? Take Advantage of These Benefits: This Week’s Q&A

This week's Slott Report Mailbag looks into 403(b) plans, RMDs, still-working exceptions, and trusts. 

So You Think You Need to Name a Trust as the Beneficiary of Your IRA?

In two weeks I had three trusts come across my desk that were named as the beneficiary of the account owner’s IRA. The account owner had now died and the universal question was, “Now what?”

Is a Trusteed IRA Right for You?

Trusteed IRAs have been in the news recently. More and more financial organization are making these products available. Is a trusteed IRA a good strategy for you? Here is what you need to know about this increasingly popular option.

You Missed a RMD! Now What? This weeks Q&A

This week's Slott Report Mailbag looks into missed RMDs, IRA transfers, and Testamentary Trusts.

Why You May Reconsider Naming Your Trust as Your IRA Beneficiary

IRAs have been around for decades. You may have had your IRA for years. Maybe many years ago, when you established your IRA, you named a trust as the beneficiary and haven’t thought a lot about it since. You likely spent both time and money drafting the trust and were careful to name the trust on your IRA beneficiary form. Here are some reasons why it might be worth it to reconsider that decision.

Slott Report Mailbag: Does My Inherited IRA Automatically Transfer to Me?

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This week's Slott Report Mailbag answers questions about inherited IRAs and naming a trust as the beneficiary of employer plan retirement assets. This to read a Q&A with our IRA Technical Expert.

Using the Internet as Your Financial Planner

The Internet is a great thing. You can probably find any piece of information you want somewhere out there. It is only a matter of asking the right question. My mother thinks I look everything up on the Internet. However, along with great information available on the worldwide web, there is a lot of misinformation. Some things are just plain wrong and some are very misleading. The Internet is no substitute for expert financial and retirement planning advice - as a recent bankruptcy court case proves.

Using Your IRA to Take Care of Your Pet After You Die

The law allows you to leave money and property to a beneficiary after your death. Generally, the beneficiary must be a person or legal entity capable of accepting the property. Individuals almost always name a beneficiary of their IRA who will inherit the funds after their death. Usually the IRA beneficiary is a person such as a spouse, child, or grandchild. But IRA owners can name a legal entity as their IRA beneficiary, such as a charity, estate, or trust.

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