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January 7, 2013
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  • Boyle: Be on guard for changes to taxes, Medicare, Social Security
    Americans should prepare for measures that could impose limits on tax-advantaged retirement contributions and affect Medicare and Social Security, NAIFA's Diane Boyle says. People also may want to consider converting their 401(k) plans to Roth 401(k)s, opening a Roth IRA or increasing their retirement-account contributions in response to the recent American Taxpayer Relief Act, other experts say. MarketWatch (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Who should convert from 401(k) to Roth 401(k)?
    The 401(k) conversions now allowed under federal law might make sense for investors who want to leave tax-free inheritances, regardless of the up-front costs, experts say. Conversions to a Roth 401(k) also might make sense for investors who expect to retire in a higher tax bracket or who have tax deductions and credits that would offset the taxes due as a result of the conversion. Consultant Jeffrey Levine says it's rarely wise to convert if an investor has to tap his or her retirement savings accounts to pay the taxes. MarketWatch (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • "Fiscal cliff" deal leaves advisers cold
    Financial advisers don't share stock traders' enthusiasm about Congress' compromise to avert the U.S. "fiscal cliff," according to a survey by InvestmentNews. More than three-quarters of respondents said they don't think the deal will bring about long-term change in government spending, reduce the national debt or lead to tax reform. InvestmentNews (free registration) (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Investors poured $7.17B into stock ETFs last week
    Investors pulled money out of bond funds and put $7.17 billion into exchange-traded funds that buy stocks in the week that ended Wednesday, according to Thomson Reuters' Lipper service. The flow of cash into stock ETFs was the most in three weeks. Reuters (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Analysts question revenue expectations from 401(k) rule change
    Some retirement experts say a 401(k)-related provision in the "fiscal cliff" deal is unlikely to generate the $12.2 billion over 10 years that policymakers have estimated. Under the provision, more workers can move their money from traditional 401(k) plans to Roth 401(k) plans. Some say that few workers will have reason to convert, and those who do are simply shifting their tax payments ahead by several years instead of bringing in new tax dollars. Reuters (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Mediation beats litigation
    Have you witnessed or experienced family conflict or a business disagreement and the first thought that comes to mind is using the legal system to resolve it? Consider mediation. The NAIFA ClientCast this month features Amy Lieberman, attorney, author and mediation specialist, who will share how mediation can be a better alternative than arbitration or litigation. Register now. ClientCast is a free NAIFA member benefit. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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