How does your ideal retirement differ from reality, and what can we do to better align the two?
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401(k) savings are taxed as ordinary income when funds are withdrawn.
Without even realizing it, most people are familiar with protection-first thinking. If you remember travelling on an airplane in a not too distant past, you would recall this important point in the safety demonstrations “In the event of sudden decompression, secure your own oxygen mask before helping others.”
Chinese legend says that the Jade Emperor determined the order of animals in the zodiac by calling a race. The Rat and the Ox were in tight competition — until they arrived at a swift river. The Rat charmingly convinced the Ox to carry him across. But when they landed on the other side, the Rat leapt off the Ox and dashed across the finish line first.