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Borrowing From Your 401(k) Might Not Be A Bad Idea


  “Leakage,” using 401(k) or IRA savings to pay for anything other than retirement, has become something of a bad word in the personal finance world. One policy wonk, Matt Fellowes, the founder and CEO of HelloWallet, took the metaphor even further when he wrote that “the large rate and systematic quality of the non-retirement uses of […]

401(k)s Welcome Annuities


By: Jeff Rose Via Huffington Post   Want to have a steady stream of income after retirement for a lifetime? The new rules issued in October by the U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service make this goal easier to achieve by including deferred income annuities in your 401(k) investment options.   As traditional […]

Debt Vs. Retirement


By Laura Shin via Forbes Recently, a good friend asked me a seemingly simple question: “Laura, does it make sense to save for retirement while also carrying debt?” The answer, however, is anything but simple and depends on a number of different factors. “A lot of people are trying to figure out, how do I balance multiple goals? […]

How Women Can Increase Their Confidence in Retirement


Knowing how much to save and how to invest can help women feel more secure. Here’s a cheat sheet.   Half of women report feeling worried about having enough money to last through retirement, according to a new survey from Fidelity Investments of 1,542 women with retirement plans.   Those anxieties aren’t necessarily misplaced either.   Women […]

8 Tips When it Comes to Divorce & Taxes


By:Emma Johnson via Forbes   Getting divorced? You have a lot going on. In fact, when you divorce, nearly every vertical of your life changes — including your taxes.   If your marriage is ending, address these tax concerns now. Below are the nuts and bolts of divorce and tax law. But if you are […]

The New Congress and Retirement


  By: Rodney Brooks via USA Today   A new Congress is in session, and a big question is this: Exactly what do they have in store for older Americans and retirees?   Are changes to Social Security and Medicare on the table, as some activists wonder? And, are changes in store for the tax […]

5 Money Mistakes We All Make


When it comes to finances, we often are critical of the money mistakes of others while ignoring our own. The truth is we all make money mistakes. We overspend to reward ourselves, we lazily forget a bill, etc. But it’s okay,  it’s easy to avoid these mistakes when you’re aware of them.  Here’s a great article […]

How Insurance Fits into Your Financial Plan

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  Life insurance is one of those things that almost everyone needs, but almost no one wants to think about. But if anyone is relying on you financially, you need life insurance because frankly, your financial obligations might outlive you. And as your financial responsibilities grow, so does your need for insurance. That’s why life insurance […]

The Essentials of Retirement Planning: Personal Life Expectancy


Here is a great article by Janet Novack of Forbes magazine about the importance of factoring life expectancy (both yours and close relatives) into retirement planning. The article discusses the many ways that life expectancy can affect one’s retirement plans positively and negatively. The negatives are usually cause by failing to factor in life expectancy […]

Max Out Your Retirement Accounts in 2014


Here’s a great article by author  Emily Brandon featured in US News & World Report. The article details a variety of different ways to max out your retirement savings in the New Year. If you would like to open a retirement account in the new year call Manna at 703-533-0030 or visit for a free […]