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401k Plan Choices for Job Changers

When you change jobs, for whatever reason, this is the perfect opportunity to reevaluate your long-term financial plan including your retirement. Reviewing your situation at this transitional time can not only help you feel better about your new job, it can also get you refocused on your long-term savings plan. Read more to familiarize yourself with the options that are available to you. As always, consult with your financial planner and tax expert.

A common-sense approach to tax reform

How tax reform affects retirement savings is of special interest to me, so I’m reviewing some of the proposals that have been put forth by various legislators since last summer.

What we know from previous tax reform efforts is that the deductibility and favorable treatment of retirement plans was successively undermined by the four tax reform bills enacted during the 1980s. To refresh your memory, they were TEFRA, DEFRA, REA and, finally, TRA in 1986. Sort of like Huey, Louie and Dewey — plus Donald.

Investing for retirement with a DIY mindset can keep fees low

My copy of Organic Gardening magazine years ago suggested that the best way to get the outer shells off walnuts was to “spread them out over your driveway and drive your Volvo over them repeatedly.” The idea that subscribers all drove Volvos was just axiomatic. In the same vein, investors inclined to be “do-it-yourselfers,” or DIYs, find themselves beating a path to organizations like Vanguard, TIAA CREF, USAA — the shockingly small number of mutual fund companies whose business models are effectively nonprofit.

The wisdom of Warren Buffett

It is never a waste of time to read Warren Buffett’s letter to stockholders in the Berkshire Hathaway annual report. Published last month, the report suggests to me that the “Oracle of Omaha” should probably be added to Mount Rushmore when the time comes.

The letter coincides with the release of the HBO documentary “Becoming Warren Buffett,” which traces the life of this extraordinary man from his days as a child who had a paper route with 500 customers.

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