2015 IRA Contribution Limits Stay The Same

IRA Contribution LimitsA major step in the retirement planning guide is to understand all the savings tools available. The IRA is the most versatile tool in your retirement toolbox. To take advantage of it, you should stay on top of yearly changes to the IRA contribution limits.

Each year the IRS announces the inflation adjusted numbers for the traditional and Roth IRA contribution limits along with the traditional IRA deduction limits. These cost of living adjustments are made when the inflation index meets a certain criteria. In turn, the adjustments prevent inflation from eating away at the IRA limits and your ability to save for retirement.

2015 IRA Contribution Limits

The 2015 IRA contribution limits will look just like it did for 2014. Both the traditional and Roth IRA will have the same contribution limit, which will max out at $5,500. If you are 50 years or older, there is a $1,000 catch up contribution. Continue Reading…

2015 401k Contribution Limits Raised

401k Contribution LimitsThe 401k plan is the most popular retirement plan offered by companies today. One of the keys to retirement planning is knowing about the savings tools available to you. If that happens to be a 401k, you have one of the best tools available to save for retirement. Better make the most of it.

Every year the IRS must calculate cost of living adjustments for the 401k and other retirement plans. In keeping with tradition, the IRS recently released a slew of information for the 2015 tax year including the 401k contribution limits.

The decision to raise the 401k limits is based on an inflation index, specifically the Consumer Price Index (CPI). If the CPI meets a certain threshold the IRS adjusts the contribution limits accordingly. Some years inflation is high enough to call for a change other years it’s not. Either way, the point is to make sure the limits aren’t eaten away by inflation. Continue Reading…

Happy Hour: Optimism Is Better

Welcome to the end of the week! Just sit back, relax, and enjoy this weeks roundup in another edition of Happy Hour.

Optimism Is Better

Marc Andreeson was interviewed by NY Mag this week. Several topics were discussed including optimism versus pessimism:

And I can tell you, at least from the last 20 years, if you bet on the side of the optimists, generally you’re right.

I agree, as long as we avoid the two extremes. Somewhere between the two sits reality. For now, lets focus on pessimism. Continue Reading…

10 Lessons Learned From Shelby Davis

The Davis DynastyWho the hell is Shelby Davis? That was my first thought after I heard the name from a reader’s comment on recommended investing books. So I added it to my growing wishlist to check out later. Later finally happened and here’s the answer. He’s probably the best investor you never heard of.

The story of Shelby Davis is reminiscent of today. Interest rates were at all time lows. Bonds were loved and stocks were loathed. Davis did the one thing most investors wouldn’t do. He bought the most hated, boring stocks he could find and stuck with it his entire life.

Davis was an unknown. He didn’t build a company or manage a fund. He avoided the media. He only managed his money wisely. He was THE millionaire next door until the Forbes 400 list of richest Americans outed him in ’88.

Davis lived by the principles we so often forget or ignore. The Davis Dynasty shows us what’s possible even if we get started late. Continue Reading…

Happy Hour: Missing Efficient Markets

Welcome to the end of the week! Just sit back, relax, and enjoy this weeks roundup in another edition of Happy Hour.

Missing Efficient Markets?

On Monday, Twitter became a rolling stream of market psychologists trying to talk whoever was listening off the ledge. It’s been rolling all week.

I miss the efficient markets. When fear, and other feelings, were theoretically impossible.

Less than a decade ago, none of this was possible. Sure, Twitter didn’t exist, but neither did emotion in the markets. Continue Reading…