Jill on Money: Retirement saving and investing

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Elizabeth from NC, a new listener to "Jill on Money" kicked off the show with a multi-part question about her retirement accounts. We started with the best way to use her current plan and then moved onto old account consolidation and allocation.

Kevin from MI also had retirement account questions, because he is trying to juggle his 401K and his Roth contributions. (Check out Roth limits on the IRS web site.) Don't worry if you overfund your Roth, because the IRS allows you to remove the excess contribution by October 15 of the year following the year of contribution. If you do not remove the excess contribution (and the gains associated with it) by that date, you will be subject to a 6 percent excise tax on the excess contribution.

Paul from Buffalo was recently laid off and he wants to know whether at the ripe old age of 56, he has enough money to retire for good. I think he knew the answer to his question, but listen to the steps necessary to determine what he needs to do.

With four years to go before retirement, should Fay from KY pay down her mortgage? Here's your big hint: the only funds available are in retirement accounts!

Both Bill from AZ and Arthur from TX are in great shape for retirement. Bill has two old retirement plans that he wants to pass on to his kinds, while Arthur should have over $3 million in retirement assets when he retires in 5 years. Given his time horizon, it's a perfect time to meet with an advisor, preferably one who is a member of NAPFA.org. Finally, John from Seattle and his wife have $400 to put towards retirement and want to know where and how to invest it.

Here are web sites and resources mentioned in this week's show:

-- Jill's Blog

-- NAPFA: National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (fee-only advisors)

-- Social Security: Manage your account online

-- Social Security estimator

-- When to take Social Security?

-- Retirement Calculator

--Financial documents: What to shred, what to keep

-- Estate Planning: the Documents You Need

Thanks to everyone who participated and to Mark, the BEST producer in the world. If you have a financial question, there are lots of ways to contact us:

Call 855-411-JILL and we'll schedule time to get you on the show LIVE

Send an email: askjill@jillonmoney.com

Tweet me: @jillonmoney

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    Jill Schlesinger, CFP®, is the Emmy-nominated, Business Analyst for CBS News. She covers the economy, markets, investing and anything else with a dollar sign on TV, radio (including her nationally syndicated radio show), the web and her blog, "Jill on Money." Prior to her second career at CBS, Jill spent 14 years as the co-owner and Chief Investment Officer for an independent investment advisory firm. She began her career as a self-employed options trader on the Commodities Exchange of New York, following her graduation from Brown University.