Category Archives: 401(k)

Common Factors Affecting Retirement Income -by John Jastremski

When it comes to planning for your retirement income, it’s easy to overlook some of the common factors that can affect how much you’ll have available to spend. If you don’t consider how your retirement income can be impacted by … Continue reading

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The Roth 401(k) -by John Jastremski

Some employers offer 401(k) plan participants the opportunity to make Roth 401(k) contributions. If you’re lucky enough to work for an employer who offers this option, Roth contributions could play an important role in helping enhance your retirement income. What … Continue reading

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Setting and Targeting Investment Goals

Go out into your yard and dig a big hole. Every month, throw $50 into it, but don’t take any money out until you’re ready to buy a house, send your child to college, or retire. It sounds a little … Continue reading

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Lump Sum vs. Dollar Cost Averaging: Which is Better? -by John Jastremski

Some people go swimming by diving into the pool; others prefer to edge into the water gradually, especially if the water’s cold. A decision about putting money into an investment can be somewhat similar. Is it best to invest your … Continue reading

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Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation (NQDC) Plans -by John Jastremski

A nonqualified deferred compensation (NQDC) plan is an arrangement between an employer and one or more employees to defer the receipt of currently earned compensation. You might want to establish a NQDC plan to provide your employees with benefits in … Continue reading

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Inflation-Fighting TIPS -by John Jastremski

It’s easy to see how inflation affects your daily life. Gas prices are higher. Electric bills are steeper. Wallets are thinner. But what inflation does to your investments isn’t always as obvious. Let’s say your money is earning 4% and … Continue reading

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Protecting Your Savings and Investments -by John Jastremski

In the wake of turbulence in the financial markets, it’s worth reviewing the legal protections available for assets held by banks, credit unions, and securities dealers. Bank/savings and loan deposit accounts Generally, deposit accounts at banks and savings and loans … Continue reading

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Handling Market Volatility -by John Jastremski

Conventional wisdom says that what goes up must come down. But even if you view market volatility as a normal occurrence, it can be tough to handle when your money is at stake. Though there’s no foolproof way to handle … Continue reading

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Municipal Bond Basics – by John Jastremski

Municipal Bonds and Their Tax Advantages State and local governments often borrow money to supplement tax revenues and to finance projects such as new highways, buildings, or public works improvements. Such bonds are known as municipal bonds (“munis”) or tax-exempt … Continue reading

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Concentrated Stock Positions: Considerations and Strategies -by John Jastremski

Whether you inherited a large holding, exercised options to buy your company’s stock, sold a private business, hold restricted stock, or have benefitted from repeated stock splits over the years, having a large position in a single stock carries unique … Continue reading

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