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401(k) Withdrawals: Beware the Penalty Tax

You've probably heard that if you withdraw taxable amounts from your 401(k) or 403(b) plan before age 59½, you may be socked with a 10% early distribution penalty tax on top of the federal income taxes you'll be required to pay.

Four numbers you need to know now

When it comes to your finances, it’s easy to overlook some of the numbers that really count. Here are four numbers to pay attention to now – especially because they might really matter in the future.

Father’s Day Financial Advice

Dads are full of advice – and most of it is much more elaborate than “Listen to your mother.” In honor of Father’s Day, we’re sharing some of our favorite bits of fatherly financial wisdom.

New Zealand: A trip to Kiwi country

A good financial plan is everything, especially when saving for a trip of a lifetime. What’s your saving and investing goal? Perhaps a vacation to a certain island nation in the southern hemisphere?

Missing a retirement account?

Given the changes to retirement plans over the last 30 years and the increased frequency of job change among workers, losing track of an employer-sponsored retirement plan can be more common than you might think.

Master personal finance one tip at a time Part II

There's more to know about personal finance than swiping a credit card, managing online banking and watching the stock market.

Is It Wise to Trade Your Pension for a Lump Sum?

Most private employers have already replaced traditional pensions, which promise lifetime income payments in retirement, with defined contribution plans such as 401(k)s.

Tax Benefits of Homeownership

Buying a home is a major expense. Fortunately, federal tax benefits are available to make homeownership more affordable. There may be additional tax benefits under your state’s laws.

Spring Cleaning Your Finances

While most spring cleaning projects are likely focused on your home, consider taking the time to evaluate and clean up your personal finances as well.

Tax Tips for the Self Employed

Being self-employed has many advantages — the opportunity to be your own boss and come and go as you please, for example. However, it also comes with unique challenges.

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