Do your eyes glaze over when you see the term IRA? Are you sick and tired of all those ads on tv talking about retirement? I hear ya! These days, retirement – and retirement planning – is the 800 pound gorilla in most people’s homes.
Well, have no fear...let’s take a look at what an IRA is and how they have evolved over time. Once we understand the history, we can move on to other related topics: investing, planning and other retirement ideas.
Basically, an IRA is an &ld... [More]
Every April for the past 10 years, we have celebrated National Financial Literacy Month – and for good reason. A person’s financial literacy level can always be improved. In a study conducted by the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, participants were asked five questions about personal finance, and 61% of them couldn’t answer more than three questions correctly.
1. Why is financial literacy important?
As the financial landscape changes, it is becoming increasingly important ... [More]
One of the most frequent questions asked to our 1st Mariner Financial Advisers is regarding the choice of a Traditional or Roth IRA*.
It is complicated...
At first glance, the Roth IRA is very appealing since it offers the long term investor the ability to withdraw funds TAX FREE (after age 59 ½, a holding period of 5 years or for very specific exception situations). Investors must bear in mind that the Roth does not offer the possible tax deduction of the Traditional IRA.
In reality, it... [More]