January 2007

The road to retirement

By Ed Slott
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If you already have substantial retirement accounts, it's important to make sure the money is well protected against common and costly planning mistakes, and structured so that it takes full advantage of tax breaks. In Your Complete Retirement Planning Road Map: The Leave-Nothing-to-Chance, Worry-Free, All-Systems-Go Guide nationally known IRA expert Ed Slott details how to protect and preserve your retirement savings, no matter where you are in the planning process. Slott incorporates information from the August 2006 tax laws, making this a very timely guide for dealing with IRAs, 401(k)s, 403(b)s and other accounts.

This is not a book on how to invest for retirement; Slott assumes you're already doing that. Instead, he offers guidance on giving your retirement accounts regular and thorough checkups. The book is made up of five easy-to-read sections, with topics ranging from developing a detailed account overview and managing your accounts to what to do as a beneficiary. It also gives advice on how to handle special retirement account problems, such as divorce, same-sex and unmarried couple issues and naming a charity as beneficiary. Slott's no-nonsense approach should help you keep your retirement accounts in top-notch condition.

Ellen R. Marsden writes from Mason, Ohio.

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