Published: Fri, 14 Jan 2022 21:02:02 +0000
Friday, January 14, 2022 Index Performance View enlarged chart. U.S. Markets Lower The major equity markets finished the week lower as concerns about inflation and higher interest rates continue to weigh on investors’ minds. A weaker than expected December retail … Continue reading →
Published: Fri, 14 Jan 2022 16:58:38 +0000
Friday, January 14, 2022 Over the past 10 years, no sector has been worse than the S&P 500 Energy sector. It has gained just 2.4% annualized over the past 10 years, the only sector without a double-digit return, and all … Continue reading →
Published: Thu, 13 Jan 2022 13:00:29 +0000
Thursday, January 13, 2022 Lately we’ve seen two things swirling that some investors think could hurt them down the road. The idea that higher yields and rate hikes are bad is all over the place, but it all might not … Continue reading →
Published: Wed, 12 Jan 2022 16:58:57 +0000
Wednesday, January 12, 2022 Inflation soared 7% in 2021 according to Consumer Price Index (CPI) data released this morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as seen in the LPL Chart of the Day, its highest level since 1982. There … Continue reading →
Published: Tue, 11 Jan 2022 17:00:53 +0000
Tuesday, January 11, 2022 After negative returns for many fixed income sectors in 2021, the last thing fixed income investors wanted to see to start 2022 was more red, but that is unfortunately what happened. The Federal Reserve (Fed) meeting … Continue reading →
Published: Fri, 07 Jan 2022 21:27:01 +0000
Friday, January 7, 2022 Index Performance View enlarged chart. U.S. and International Equities Major Markets Lower The major equity markets finished the week lower, as concerns about inflation and interest rates intensified after the Federal Reserve’s (Fed) minutes were released … Continue reading →
Published: Fri, 07 Jan 2022 17:37:48 +0000
Friday, January 7, 2022 A disappointing jobs report against a messy backdrop of uncertain seasonal adjustments, diverging internal surveys, unknown future effects from the Omicron variant, and the expiration of the monthly child tax credit is unlikely to alter the … Continue reading →
Published: Thu, 06 Jan 2022 17:28:57 +0000
January 6, 2022 In this week’s Weekly Market Commentary (click here) we shared some lessons investors may have learned—or re-learned—in 2021 (LPL Research strategists included). One of those lessons was about how valuations are rarely good timing tools. That lesson … Continue reading →
Published: Wed, 05 Jan 2022 17:00:27 +0000
Wednesday, January 5, 2022 Here is one chart about Santa and five more charts (or tables) that caught our attention recently. Well, stocks did what they were supposed to do, which was gain during the historically bullish Santa Claus Rally … Continue reading →
Published: Tue, 04 Jan 2022 19:00:45 +0000
Tuesday, January 4, 2022 Index Performance View enlarged chart. U.S. and International Equities Equities finished December on a strong note as both the S&P 500 Index and the Dow Industrials rose over 4%. These markets took in stride higher COVID-19 … Continue reading →
Published: Tue, 04 Jan 2022 16:58:16 +0000
Tuesday, January 4, 2022 Fixed income investors aren’t used to negative total returns for core fixed income (as measured by the Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Bond Index) but that is exactly what happened in 2021. Last year, rising interest rates were … Continue reading →
Published: Fri, 31 Dec 2021 20:05:32 +0000
Friday, December 31, 2021 Index Performance View enlarged chart. U.S. and International Equities Major Markets in the Green The major equity markets finished the week higher, as the Santa Claus rally continued to take hold even amid concerns about the … Continue reading →
Published: Thu, 30 Dec 2021 17:08:26 +0000
Thursday, December 30, 2021 Here it is, our final blog of 2021, and what better topic than the blog itself and the readers who make writing it so rewarding. Our aim with the blog is simple: every day provide market … Continue reading →
Published: Wed, 29 Dec 2021 19:23:17 +0000
Wednesday, December 29, 2021 In today’s blog, we will take a look at some of the best charts and tables we shared all year. There are so many charts and tables that sum up how special 2021 was, but at … Continue reading →
Published: Tue, 28 Dec 2021 16:58:17 +0000
Tuesday, December 27, 2021 The municipal market has been a relative bright spot for core fixed income investors in 2021. While most of the other “safe” parts of the core fixed income universe have generated negative returns this year, the … Continue reading →
Published: Thu, 23 Dec 2021 19:07:34 +0000
Thursday, December 23, 2021 Index Performance View enlarged chart. U.S. and International Equities Major Markets higher The major equity markets finished the week higher, as the Santa Claus rally took hold even amid concerns about the Omicron variant’s effects on … Continue reading →
Published: Thu, 23 Dec 2021 16:49:40 +0000
Thursday, December 23, 2021 As we head into the final week of a strong year for equities markets, we at LPL Research are thinking about the season of giving, to friends and loved ones as we wind down a difficult … Continue reading →
Published: Wed, 22 Dec 2021 17:00:56 +0000
Wednesday, December 22, 2021 “If Santa should fail to call, bears may come to Broad and Wall.” —Yale Hirsh December is widely known as one of the best months of the year for stocks, but most don’t realize that the … Continue reading →
Published: Tue, 21 Dec 2021 16:58:26 +0000
Tuesday, December 21, 2021 At the conclusion of last week’s Federal Reserve (Fed) meeting, the Fed released its dot plot, which showed the median forecast among officials is now for three rate hikes in 2022. Moreover, it showed eight rate … Continue reading →
Published: Fri, 17 Dec 2021 21:03:07 +0000
Friday, December 17, 2021 Index Performance View enlarged chart. U.S. and International Equities Major Markets Lower The major equity markets finished the week lower, reversing some of last week’s gains on the back of this week’s Federal Open Market Committee … Continue reading →
Published: Fri, 17 Dec 2021 16:58:44 +0000
December 17, 2021 For those of us who haven’t already started holiday vacations, we all know this was Federal Reserve (Fed) meeting week. In anticipation of how much investors would be focused on the Fed this winter, we put a … Continue reading →
Published: Thu, 16 Dec 2021 17:00:30 +0000
Thursday, December 16, 2021 The Federal Reserve (Fed) ended its two-day Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting yesterday and there were some notable shifts to monetary policy, although these shifts were largely expected by markets. After months of carefully communicating … Continue reading →
Published: Wed, 15 Dec 2021 17:00:14 +0000
Wednesday, December 15, 2021 As we head into the end of 2021, here are five charts that caught our attention. First up, last week was one of the best weeks of the year for stocks, and that could be a … Continue reading →
Published: Tue, 14 Dec 2021 15:58:49 +0000
Tuesday, December 14, 2021 The S&P 500 closed at a record high on Friday, but only two of its eleven underlying sectors could say the same. The first was technology, which as we noted last month, has been showing consistent … Continue reading →
Published: Fri, 10 Dec 2021 21:09:22 +0000
Index Performance View enlarged chart. U.S. and International Equities Major Markets Higher The major equity markets finished the week solidly higher, reversing last week’s declines. Traders took solace in the health reports that the effects of the Omicron variant may … Continue reading →
Published: Fri, 10 Dec 2021 16:58:35 +0000
Friday, December 10, 2021 The Consumer Price Index, the most well known measure of inflation, climbed 6.8% over the last year through November, according to data released today by the Labor Department. While in line with economists’ consensus expectation, that’s … Continue reading →
Published: Thu, 09 Dec 2021 17:10:39 +0000
Thursday, December 9, 2021 The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its monthly Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) report this week revealing that the number of American workers who are voluntarily quitting their jobs may have peaked, … Continue reading →
Published: Wed, 08 Dec 2021 17:00:03 +0000
Wednesday, December 8, 2021 LPL Research is extremely excited about the release of Outlook 2022: Passing the Baton. You can see the interactive version of our Outlook here. In conjunction with the release of the Outlook, this week in the … Continue reading →
Published: Tue, 07 Dec 2021 16:58:55 +0000
Tuesday, December 7, 2021 After months of carefully communicating the Federal Reserve’s (Fed) plan to reduce its asset purchases toward the middle of 2022, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell seemingly sped up that timetable during his Congressional testimony last week. While … Continue reading →
Published: Tue, 07 Dec 2021 14:20:19 +0000
Tuesday, December 7, 2021 The entire team at LPL Research is so excited to announce the release of Outlook 2022: Passing the Baton. It is hard to put into words the amount of time and cross department organization it takes … Continue reading →
Published: Fri, 03 Dec 2021 21:02:21 +0000
Friday, December 3, 2021 Index Performance View enlarged chart. U.S. and International Equities Major Markets Lower The major equity markets finished the week lower. The markets continued to pull back following last Friday’s announcement concerning the new Omicron COVID-19 variant … Continue reading →
Published: Fri, 03 Dec 2021 17:00:31 +0000
Friday, December 3, 2021 The domestic economy added just 210,000 jobs during November, well below Bloomberg-surveyed economists’ consensus forecast for a gain of 550,000 and below October’s revised tally of 546,000. The net revision to prior months was positive but … Continue reading →
Published: Thu, 02 Dec 2021 16:58:01 +0000
Thursday, December 2, 2021 With recent concerns about Federal Reserve (Fed) policy and the Omicron variant, it’s easy to forget that we’re in a period of economic acceleration, although now with some added uncertainty. Yesterday’s manufacturing data confirmed that overall … Continue reading →
Published: Wed, 01 Dec 2021 20:42:02 +0000
Market Blog Wednesday, December 1, 2021 Index Performance View enlarged chart. U.S. and International Equities Equities finished November mixed as the S&P 500 and the Dow Industrials finished lower while the Nasdaq Composite gained over 0.3%. Investor concerns surrounding the … Continue reading →
Published: Wed, 01 Dec 2021 14:10:54 +0000
Market Blog Wednesday, December 1, 2021 Here comes December, historically a pretty solid month for stocks, but now we have the Omicron variant wreaking havoc on markets. “What a difference a week makes. A week ago stocks were at all-time … Continue reading →
Published: Tue, 30 Nov 2021 16:58:27 +0000
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 Financial markets tend to be relatively quiet the day after Thanksgiving but this year was a notable exception. With the news that a new COVID-19 variant—Omicron—had been discovered and is spreading quickly, prices of risk assets … Continue reading →
Published: Fri, 26 Nov 2021 18:08:39 +0000
Friday, November 26, 2021 Index Performance View enlarged chart. U.S. and International Equities Major Markets Lower The major equity markets finished the week lower as markets gave up ground Friday during a holiday-shortened trading session given new COVID-19 variant concerns … Continue reading →
Published: Wed, 24 Nov 2021 17:00:34 +0000
Wednesday, November 24, 2021 The big news this week was Jerome Powell will remain in charge of the Federal Reserve (Fed) for four more years, so we wanted to do a quick blog that looked at how stocks have done … Continue reading →
Published: Tue, 23 Nov 2021 16:58:40 +0000
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 President Biden officially nominated Chairman Jerome Powell to a second four-year term as Chairman of the Federal Reserve (Fed) and elevated current Fed Governor Lael Brainard to Vice Chair of the Committee. Before the announcement, there … Continue reading →
Published: Fri, 19 Nov 2021 21:05:20 +0000
Friday, November 19, 2021 Index Performance View enlarged chart. U.S. and International Equities Major Markets Mixed The major equity markets finished the week mixed as inflation worries continued to play a role in investors’ minds amid an excellent third quarter … Continue reading →
An individual retirement arrangement (IRA) is a personal savings plan that offers specific tax benefits. IRAs are one of the most powerful retirement savings tools available to you. Even if you're contributing to a 401(k) or other plan at work, you may want to consider investing in an IRA.
The two major types of IRAs are traditional IRAs and Roth IRAs. Both allow you to contribute as much as $6,000 in 2020 (unchanged from 2019), but you must have at least as much taxable compensation as the amount of your IRA contribution. If you are married filing jointly, your spouse can also contribute to an IRA, even if he or she does not have taxable compensation. The law also allows taxpayers age 50 and older to make additional "catch-up" contributions. These folks can contribute an additional $1,000 in 2020 (unchanged from 2019).
Both traditional and Roth IRAs feature tax-sheltered growth of earnings. And both give you a wide range of investment choices. However, there are important differences between these two types of IRAs. Understanding these differences is key to choosing the type of IRA that may be appropriate for you.
Note: Special rules apply to certain reservists and national guardsmen called to active duty after September 11, 2001..
Practically anyone can open and contribute to a traditional IRA. The only requirement is that you must have taxable compensation (prior to December 31, 2019, you also had to be under age 70½). You can contribute the maximum allowed each year as long as your taxable compensation for the year is at least that amount. If your taxable compensation for the year is below the maximum contribution allowed, you can contribute only up to the amount that you earned.
Your contributions to a traditional IRA may be tax deductible on your federal income tax return. This is important because tax-deductible (pre-tax) contributions lower your taxable income for the year, saving you money in taxes. If neither you nor your spouse is covered by a 401(k) or other employer-sponsored plan, you can generally deduct the full amount of your annual contribution. If one of you is covered by such a plan, your ability to deduct your contributions depends on your annual income (modified adjusted gross income, or MAGI) and your income tax filing status.
For 2020, if you are covered by a retirement plan at work and:
For 2020, if you are not covered by a retirement plan at work, but your spouse is, and you file a joint tax return, your traditional IRA contribution is fully deductible if your MAGI is $196,000 or less. Your deduction is reduced if your MAGI is more than $196,000 and less than $206,000, and you can't deduct your contribution at all if your MAGI is $206,000 or more.
What happens when you start taking money from your traditional IRA? Any portion of a distribution that represents deductible contributions is subject to income tax because those contributions were not taxed when you made them. Any portion that represents investment earnings is also subject to income tax because those earnings were not previously taxed either. Only the portion that represents nondeductible, after-tax contributions (if any) is not subject to income tax. In addition to income tax, you may have to pay a 10% early withdrawal penalty if you're under age 59½, unless you meet one of the exceptions.
If you wish to defer taxes, you can leave your 1 of the year following the year you reach age 72. That's when you have to take your first required minimum distribution from the IRA. After that, you must take a distribution by the end of every calendar year until you die or your funds are exhausted. The annual distribution amounts are based on a standard life expectancy table and your previous year-end combined account balances. You can always withdraw more than you're required to in any year. However, if you withdraw less, you'll be hit with a 50% penalty on the difference between the required minimum and the amount you actually withdrew. (Note: if you reached age 70½ in 2019, you must begin taking required minimum distributions by April 1, 2020.)
If you are covered by an employer-sponsored retirement plan and your MAGI exceeds certain
established thresholds, your deduction for your traditional IRA contribution is reduced or
eliminated as follows:
* If you're not covered by an employer plan, but your spouse is, your deduction is limited if your MAGI is $193,000 to $203,000, and eliminated if your MAGI exceeds $203,000.
Not everyone can set up a Roth IRA. Even if you can, you may not qualify to take full advantage of it. The first requirement is that you must have taxable compensation. If your taxable compensation in 2020 is at least $6,000, you may be able to contribute the full amount. But it gets more complicated. Your ability to contribute to a Roth IRA in any year depends on your MAGI and your income tax filing status.
Qualified distributions will also avoid the 10% early withdrawal penalty. This ability to withdraw your funds with no taxes or penalties is a key strength of the Roth IRA. And remember, even nonqualified distributions will be taxed (and possibly penalized) only on the investment earnings portion of the distribution, and then only to the extent that your distribution exceeds the total amount of all contributions that you have made.
Another advantage of the Roth IRA is that there are no required distributions after age 72 or at any time during your life. You can put off taking distributions until you really need the income. Or, you can leave the entire balance to your beneficiary without ever taking a single distribution.*
These income ranges (other than married filing separately) are indexed for inflation each year.
Assuming you qualify to use both, which type of IRA is best for you? Sometimes the choice is easy. The Roth IRA will probably be a more effective tool if you don't qualify for tax deductible contributions to a traditional IRA. However, if you can deduct your traditional IRA contributions, the choice is more difficult. Most professionals believe that a Roth IRA will still give you more bang for your dollars in the long run, but it depends on your personal goals and circumstances. The Roth IRA may very well make more sense if you want to minimize taxes during retirement and preserve assets for your beneficiaries. But a traditional deductible IRA may be a better tool if you want to lower your yearly tax bill while you're still working (and probably in a higher tax bracket than you'll be in after you retire). A financial professional or tax advisor can help you pick the right type of IRA for you.
Note: You can have both a traditional IRA and a Roth IRA, but your total annual contribution to all of the IRAs that you own cannot be more than $6,000 in 2020 ($7,000 if you're age 50 or older).
You can move funds from an IRA to the same type of IRA with a different institution (e.g., traditional to traditional, Roth to Roth). No taxes or penalty will be imposed if you arrange for the old IRA trustee to transfer your funds directly to the new IRA trustee. The other option is to have your funds distributed to you first and then roll them over to the new IRA trustee yourself. You'll still avoid taxes and penalty as long as you complete the rollover within 60 days from the date you receive the funds.
You may also be able to convert funds from a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA. This decision is complicated, however, so be sure to consult a tax advisor. He or she can help you weigh the benefits of shifting funds against the tax consequences and other drawbacks.
Note: The IRS has the authority to waive the 60-day rule for rollovers under certain limited circumstances, such as proven hardship.
To claim the credit, you must be at least 18 years old and not a full-time student or a dependent
on another taxpayer's return. The credit is in addition to any income tax deduction you might
qualify for with respect to your IRA contribution. The amount of the credit is 50%, 20%, or 10% of
your IRA or retirement plan contributions up to $2,000 ($4,000 if married filing jointly), depending
on your MAGI. Here are the credit rates based on 2020 MAGI limits:
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