Recent 401(k) stories

Sometimes it makes sense to tap your retirement account. Understand the trade-offs.
With your mortgage rate high and 401(k) return low, this is 1 option, but there are more.
New IRS rules open the Roth door for 401(k) investors who contribute after-tax money.
Is saving for retirement a struggle? These tips will help you stash away enough cash.
Too many accounts can be hard to monitor, but radically paring might not be the answer.
A new law allows you to convert your traditional 401(k) or 403(b) to a Roth-type account.
Although a Roth IRA has attractive features, it's not always smart to convert to one.
Do Americans need a kick in the butt or a gentle nudge to save for retirement?
These longevity annuities offer tax advantages, but do you need the protection they provide?
You want to be set for life? Then you can't set and forget your 401(k) plan features.
Still on the job at 72, he's late to the retirement savings party. Can he catch up?
Millennials will reap huge benefits if they start saving for retirement now. Here's how.
Tapping money from your 401(k) plan can sabotage your financial future.
You'll get credit for the taxes you paid on the withdrawal, but it may not be enough.
Retirement money is safe in bankruptcy, as long as you keep it in the right place.
Retirement plans can change after a layoff. Here's what may happen to your 401(k).
Many job hoppers obliviously leave money behind in their former employer's 401(k) plan.
The rules for taking required withdrawals from IRAs and 401(k)s are somewhat different.
Mortgage rates are so low that a cash-out refinance can boost your 401(k). Here's how.
Before paying off a mortgage with 401(k) funds, it's smart to talk with a tax expert.
If you're not a pro, should you do-your-own-thing retirement investing?
Spouse is looking for a savings vehicle with easy access and no tax bite. But which one?
Here's how you can shift your 401(k) funds to an IRA and avoid the 10 percent penalty tax.
If planning to raid retirement funds for a down payment on a house, know the downside.
Watch Bankrate experts weigh-in with tips to help add money to your 401(k) account as you approach retirement.
Tapping Social Security early has its disadvantages -- especially in this case. Here's why you should wait.
There's a limit on your 401(k) contributions, but your employer's don't count toward that limit.
No time to waste with iffy investing? Here's a way to build that nest egg quickly.
States handle early 401(k) plan withdrawals differently. Does that mean you should move?
The tax you'll owe will depend on what bracket you are in when you cash out your 401(k).
The holding that could be most hazardous to your financial health may surprise you.
Companies don't have to provide a 401(k) match. Here's how to invest if they don't.
A young worker may find a Roth IRA to be superior to a 401(k) when saving for retirement.
Using an IRA distribution to make son's student loan payment could cost you.
Here are some steps to take now to reduce your heirs' tax liability when you die.
Paying off a mortgage is usually a good idea, but not if you're passing up free money.
Don't let your 401(k) keep you from opening an IRA to maximize your retirement savings.
There's a way to use severance money to fund a 401(k) at your startup business.
Follow these tips to choose from the many different funds to invest in for your 401(k).
Whether you have cash to pay your bills in retirement is up to you.
You may not be able to avoid paying a penalty on the withdrawal -- and it could be costly.
Financing retirement on investments alone may not be enough. Are annuities the answer?
Want to go on a retirement savings spree? These two types of accounts are good starts.
Dreaming of retirement some day? Start socking money away with this in mind: To truly save for retirement, you need to invest.
Can you defer a 401(k) withdrawal? It depends on if you are an employee or a contractor.
You may be able to avoid the mandatory 20 percent tax withholding if your plan allows.
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