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One of the main reasons why retirement accounts are so beneficial is the power of tax deferral. In a tax-deferred investment vehicle, such as a 401(k) plan or an IRA, your earnings are not taxed until you begin withdrawing money from your account in retirement. Consider the image. A hypothetical value of $10,000 is investedin both a taxable and a tax-deferred account. The difference in value…

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Handing over a portion of your investment earnings to the IRS is never pleasant. Fortunately, a specific category of mutual funds, called tax-efficient funds, might help you keep the amount you send to Uncle Sam to a minimum. Here's how tax-efficient funds work. Mutual funds must pay you almost all of the money they make from interest, dividends, or capital…

Income is important to consider when choosing an investment. Especially important for investors approaching retirement, income can add meaningfully to one’s total return, which comprises income and price return (capital appreciation). Investors can pursue income returns in many ways including bonds, real estate investment trusts, and stocks.

Stock income is typically paid in the form of…