Tax-Efficient Retirement Withdrawal Strategies to Combat the RMD Tax Tsunami

TL;DR Retirees have up to three types of accounts to draw from in retirement: traditional retirement accounts, Roth retirement accounts, and taxable accounts. Each account type is taxed differently. By choosing which accounts to draw from each year, retirees have the flexibility to manage when they’ll pay taxes and how much they’ll pay. The traditional…

7 Ways to Build an Income Producing Portfolio in Retirement (And Why It’s A Bad Idea)

Many in retirement seek investments with high income. Whether interest, dividends, or both, retirees value the ability to spend income from a portfolio without the need to sell shares of the investment that generates the income. This sentiment was reflected in an email I received from a viewer of my YouTube channel: “How about a…

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14 Best Quicken Alternatives for 2024 (#1 is Free)

Quicken was once the go-to budgeting tool. I used it when it was first released in the 1980s. Today, it’s been eclipsed by apps that enable you to manage every aspect of your finances, often for free. I’ve tested dozens of apps, and here are the best Quicken alternatives in 2024. Money Tools Editor’s Top…

Series I Savings Bond Rates Now Stand at 5.27% (Updated November 2023)

Series I Savings Bond Rates Now Stand at 5.27% (Updated November 2023)

Series I Savings Bonds rates increased this month. The unadjusted CPI-U rose from 301.836 in March 2023 to 307.789 in September 2023. As a result, the Inflation Rate on I Bonds increased to 3.97% in November 2023. At the same time, the fixed rate jumped from 0.90% to 1.30%. This represents the highest fixed rate…

3 Best Robo-Advisors in 2024 (Out of 23 Evaluated)

3 Best Robo-Advisors in 2024 (Out of 23 Evaluated)

Robo-Advisors promise to make investing easy at a very low cost. Investors have taken notice. According to one estimate, automated investing platforms will manage nearly $1.5 trillion by the end of the year. With dozens of options, however, picking the best robo-advisor can be overwhelming. To help, I examined about two dozen robos and narrowed…

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Morningstar Investor Review And 2024 User’s Guide

Morningstar is best known for its stock, bond, etf and mutual fund research. Recently it launched Morningstar Investor, a paid service for retail investors. It replaces Morningstar Premium, a service I used for years. In this Morningstar review, I’ll take a deep dive into the Investor product and provide some tips on how best to…