Save My 401(k)!: What You Can Do Now to Rebuild Your Retirement Future

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Easy-to-follow action plans for reversing retirement investment losses and rebuilding wealth for the future

Save My 401(k)! provides critical care to stop the hemorrhaging of your nest-egg dollars, stabilize assets, and rebuild wealth for the future.

The book's assessment tools help you pinpoint the best approaches for achieving long-term goals while being able to customize your 401(k) game plan for future times of economic uncertainty. A ...

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Overview

Easy-to-follow action plans for reversing retirement investment losses and rebuilding wealth for the future

Save My 401(k)! provides critical care to stop the hemorrhaging of your nest-egg dollars, stabilize assets, and rebuild wealth for the future.

The book's assessment tools help you pinpoint the best approaches for achieving long-term goals while being able to customize your 401(k) game plan for future times of economic uncertainty. A "Putting It All Together" section at the end of the book gets readers ready to hit the ground running with checklists and other tools for confident, winning retirement investing.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071736312
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/23/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Author

David Rye, M.B.A., is a former executive and founder of the Computech

Corporation

which specializes in the development of human resource retirement software. Rye now writes about retirement-related subjects full-time
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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xi

Part 1 Understanding Your Plan 1

Chapter l Getting to Know Your 401(k) 3

How 401(k)s Work 5

The Economy and Your Future 6

What's in Your Plan? 7

401(k) Advantages and Disadvantages 10

Rolling Over Retirement Accounts 13

Replacing a 401(k) with an IRA 15

Chapter 2 Investment Options 23

What Are Your Options? 23

Option Fees 24

Where Funds Fit In 25

Option Categories 27

What Is Your Risk Tolerance Level? 30

Diversifying Your Investments 36

Choosing Your Options 37

What to Watch Out For 41

Chapter 3 Know Where You're Going 45

Determining How Much You'll Need 46

Getting Advice 49

Setting Retirement Goals 51

Boomer Retirement Strategies 52

Generation X Retirement Strategies 53

Generation Y Retirement Strategies 55

Retiring Home Free 55

What to Watch Out For 58

Part 2 Investing for Retirement 61

Chapter 4 Finding the Money You'll Need 63

Where to Look 63

Spend Less 67

Create a Savings Goal 68

Get Rid of Debt 69

Set Up a Budget 71

Earn Extra Money 73

Chapter 5 Making Good Investments 77

Timing the Market 79

Using Online Tools 85

Separating Winners from Losers 89

Assessing the Risk-Reward Relationship 91

Tracking Your Investments 93

Using Brokers 94

What to Watch Out For 97

Chapter 6 Investing in Stock Funds and Bond Funds 101

Stock Fund Basics 102

Why Invest in Stock Funds? 103

Making Money in Stock Funds 104

Bond Fund Basics 105

Why Invest in Bond Funds? 107

Making Money in Bond Funds 108

Where to Find Quality Funds 112

Chapter 7 Investing in Index Funds 117

Index Fund Basics 118

Exchange Traded Fund Basics 119

Target-Date Index Fund Basics 120

Why Invest in Index Funds? 122

How to Find Quality Funds 122

Automatic Investing in Funds 126

Expense Ratios and Fees 127

Part 3 Managing Your Retirement 131

Chapter 8 Getting Ready to Retire 133

What to Do Right Away 134

Decide When to Activate Social Security 136

Sign Up for Medicare 138

Minimize Your Taxes 140

Estimate Your Cash Flow 142

Reallocate Your Assets 144

Deal with Inflation 145

Make Hard Choices 147

Chapter 9 Making Your Money Last 151

A Lifetime of Money 152

Check Your Investment Mix Appreciation 153

Asset Alternatives 155

Annuity Options 161

Reverse Mortgage Options 162

Returning to Work Options 164

Chapter l0 Setting Up Your Estate Plan 167

What's an Estate Plan? 167

The Difference Between Wills and Living Trusts 169

Setting Up Wills and Living Trusts 171

Preparing Your Own Will 173

Selecting Beneficiaries l75

Power of Attorney and Health Care Directives 177

Estate Tax Considerations 178

Part 4 Putting it All Together 181

Chapter l1 Applying Everything You've Learned 185

More Big Changes Are Out There 186

Know Where You've Been 187

Know Where You're Going 189

Know How to Get There 189

Know What to Do When You Get There 190

Have a Good Journey 192

Glossary 195

Online Resources 199

Index 205

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