Retirement 101: Know Your Investment Plan Options
In my daily conversations with medical colleagues, I often toss around certain terms without explaining them fully -- 401k, 403b, 457, IRA, HSA, 529, etc. The reason why these particular number-letter combinations come up so often is because tax-advantaged investment plans are by definition better than regular taxed investment plans -- unless you really like paying taxes. But even tax advantaged investment plans are not all created equal. Let's hit the basics and discuss the different types of investment plans.