There are times when you need to come up with cash fast. When that happens, taking a loan out of your 401(k) may be a good option for you. After taking out a first position mortgage and second position mortgage, some clients found themselves in this exact situation. So they turned to their 401(k) to finish coming up with the money they needed.
Pulling money from your retirement account could cost you more than you think. No matter how small the amount, it could be costly to your future. Most people will judge the value of a financial advisor by how big or how great their portfolio performance. However, I’m here to tell you that’s not always the case. A true wealth planner someone who can look holistically at someone’s wealth can save you a ton of money. Let me explain.
If you’ve reached the age of 70 and started living off your nest egg, then you know the IRS requires you to withdraw a certain amount of money from your Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) each year. The term used for this distribution is called a Required Minimum Distribution or RMD. So basically we work our whole life, place money in our retirement accounts, never pay taxes on that investment (there are exceptions to this), and now Uncle Sam wants his fair share for letting you save for the future. The IRS says, “Look, we want to get some money from you before you die.” So now you must withdrawal a certain percentage out and pay taxes on it. However, did you know that using your RMD for charity could save you on your taxes?
Let’s face it – the job you are working at today, may not be the job you are working at tomorrow. On average people change jobs 12 times over the course of their career. Many times, when they leave they often leave their 401(k) too. However, doing that is not an avenue I would suggest most of the time. Recently a friend of mine experienced this exact transition. Here is a little about how our conversation went.
One of the biggest benefits you will enjoy if you are self-employed is that there are more (and some would argue better) retirement options and plans available to you than are available to most taxpayers. You still have the ability to use the ROTH IRA and Traditional IRA. But being self-employed gives you three additional retirement savings options: SEP IRA, SIMPLE IRA, and Solo-K. With all these choices, how do you know which is the best retirement plan for the business owner like you? We will explore the pros and cons.
Downsizing, especially after the children are on their own, is a frequently used approach for managing your income for life. Reducing housing expenses can save tons of money. If you reside in a highly appreciated area where your home could be worth a lot of money, selling can free up a substantial amount of cash flow or even be used to wipe out debt. What is left over can then be added to your nest egg or even used to cover future long-term-care expenses. Keep in mind, if you are married you can protect up to $500k of your profit from capital gains taxes when you sell your home. If you single, it is half of that amount.