QUALIFIED CHARITABLE DISTRIBUTIONS: TODAY’S SLOTT REPOT MAILBAG

By Andy Ives, CFP®, AIF® IRA Analyst Question: Hi Ed, My question: Is there any way to do a charitable distribution from my IRA before I reach RMD age? I am recently retired and 65 years old. Thanks! Marty Answer: Marty – The number-one requirement to be able to...

MODERATION

By Andy Ives, CFP®, AIF® IRA Analyst Hypersensitivity to caffeine – this is my affliction. So much so that I limit myself to one energy drink per week. It must be opened before noon and should be nursed for a minimum of 90 minutes. Any violation could result in...

WHO SHOULD BE YOUR IRA BENEFICIARY?

By Sarah Brenner, JD IRA Analyst IRAs are for saving for retirement. However, as these accounts have grown over the years, many IRA owners still have significant funds in their IRA at their death. This means that estate planning for IRAs is essential. Effective estate...

VESTING RULES FOR COMPANY PLANS

By Ian Berger, JD IRA Analyst If you’re thinking about leaving your job, you may want to inquire about your company retirement plan’s vesting schedule. If you are close to becoming vested in a retirement benefit, it may pay to stick it out until you have enough...

THE 5-YEAR FOREVER CLOCK

By Andy Ives, CFP®, AIF® IRA Analyst Buckle your seatbelt and hang on to your hat. This ride could get bumpy. We are about to embark on a conversation that might give some readers vertigo or whiplash or all of the above. An article I wrote about the two 5-year clocks...