Retirement 101: Annuities

Chances are, if you bring up annuities with a bunch of your friends, you'll get blank stares back. The world of finance and retirement planning can feel like a secret club that only a few are privy to the mysterious and foreign workings of. Since everyone will retire eventually, though, it's important to understand the options available to you. Here's a basic primer on what you need to know about annuities.

3 Ways To Improve Your Change Of Getting A Small Business Loan

If you are running a small business, and want to get your first small business, here are three steps that you can take before you apply for your first small business loan to improve your chance of getting approved. Show A Manageable Debt Load First, you need to show that you can manage the debt that you have right now. You need to show that you have been able to make all of your payments on time and that you can handle making the additional loan payments that getting approved for a small business loan would put on you.

In The Military & A Newly Divorced Parent? Establish A Trust Fund

If you take your children shopping for school supplies, clothing, and toys, you are helping to support them financially in addition to giving their custodial parent child support. If this sounds like you and you are in the military, you may want to consider establishing a trust fund for your children so they are able to continue to get additional financial support from you while you deploy overseas, go on TDY, or when you have a PCS.

Rolling Over A 401(K) To A Roth IRA After Separating From An Employer

Many individuals who leave their place of employment must also decide what to do with their account balance in a company-sponsored 401(k) retirement plan. A former worker who also experiences a drop in income for the year may be able to roll over their 401(k) funds to a Roth IRA with a current tax outcome similar to rolling it over to a traditional IRA. Tax-deferral differences Funds rolled over from a 401(k) to a traditional IRA generally maintain their tax-deferred status.