Top IRA Mistakes

19 Top IRA Mistakes as of 2019

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The US Individual Retirement Arrangement / account (IRA) is one of the world’s simplest, cheapest, most flexible, world-class tax shelters in which to save and invest for retirement. While the individual IRA contribution limits for 2019 have been raised to US$6,000 ($7,000 if you’re age 50 or older), some higher earners find these limits relatively […]

Roth IRA Conversion Calculator

Roth IRA Conversion Calculator

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Especially around year end, I often hear the question “Should I do a Roth IRA conversion? What are the long-term benefits of paying X amount to convert now?”. To help answer this question, below is a simple Roth IRA conversion calculator, where I am making the following assumptions: You have a certain amount in a […]

How to save $1,000,000 in an IRA by age 59 1/2 with Vanguard and DFA funds

How to save $1,000,000 in an IRA by age 59 1/2 on a few hundred per month

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One of the biggest complaints I hear about US Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) is that the maximum contribution limits are too low and not worth the hassle.  As an illustration of how saving regularly in an IRA can be very much worth the hassle, I thought it would be worth showing how the low maximum […]

IRA Deadlines for 2018

US IRA Deadlines for 2018

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Spring is here, Easter is this weekend, and April starts next week, which for Americans may all serve as reminders of the April 15th (April 17th in 2018) tax filing deadline for US taxes. Even if you are taking an extension to file your 2017 US tax return, remember that you may still need to […]

IRA Contribution Limits 2018

IRA Contribution Limits 2018 – SEP raised to $55,000

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IRA contribution limits have remained mostly the same from 2017 to 2018, with traditional and Roth IRA contributions limited to US$5,500/year for US taxpayers under 50, and US$6,500/year for those 50 and older.  To make a Roth IRA contribution, your adjusted gross income (AGI) needs to be below US$120,000 for single taxpayers with an AGI […]

Vintage ad for a convertible car: more romantic than considering Roth conversions as an expat?

Roth conversions as an expat: if, when and how much?

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Considering Roth conversions as an expat is similar to considering if, when, and how much to do one when living in the US. What is a Roth conversion? A Roth conversion turns a traditional IRA (on which you may have already gotten a tax deduction, but will need to pay tax when you withdraw at […]