Like a 401(k), an IRA is a retirement savings account. You put money in it, and use that money to invest. But unlike a 401(k), an IRA does not have an employment requirement. IRA stands for Individual Retirement Account; anyone, even if he is not employed, can contribute to an IRA unless his income is too high. This works perfectly for freelancers such as my friends that are dancers and do not work for any particular company.
This post has 3 parts. Part 1, I explain what a 401(k) is. Part 2, I explain how you contribute to a 401(k). Part 3, I explain why you should contribute to a 401(k).
Part 1. What the heck is a 401(k)
A 401(k) is a retirement savings account sponsored by employers. In order to contribute to a 401(k), you need to be employed.
As you know, this summer I wrote two blog posts on the AMR Corporation and US Airways Group merger to explain how it affects AAMRQ stock price. Using the information available at that time I derived a formula to estimate AAMRQ stock price based on LCC stock price:
I know I mentioned that I would write more about the AAMRQ stock case if there was a huge surprise. And there was a huge surprise when the Department of Justice filed an antitrust lawsuit against AMR Corporation and US Airways Group, but this happened when I was entangled with a few life issues, so I had to skip.
Not to say that I am much less busy now, but I thought this case deserves another mention. Caution: math abound 😉
I don’t have much time to comment much on this merger right now, so I will just go ahead and post what I consider to be the final AAMRQ conversion formula:
AAMRQ stakeholders officially receive 544.4 million AAL shares. Each AAL share is worth an LCC share. Using the approximate number of AAMRQ shares outstanding 335.5 million, and the approximate debt of $8 billion, the share conversion formula is:
2 months ago, I posted an article explaining the driving force behind the stock price movement of AMR Corporation, the mother company of American Airlines, since the American Airlines – US Airways merger was announced in February, 2013.
In light of the merger getting closer and closer and more detail being released, I wanted to write a quick follow-up on that popular post. Continue reading Follow-up on AAMRQ stock price analysis
Those of you who, like me, were using a cell phone in the early 2000’s, must have heard of Nokia. It was the undisputed number one brand for mobile device manufacturing. A decade later, when our world is filled with smartphones and iPad-type of tablets, Nokia seems to have vanished from the phone stores, especially in the US. Well, the company’s stock price has plunged just about as fast: it lost 90% of value in the last 5 years following the launch of the legendary Apple iPhone. So what has been going on with Nokia? Does their stock make for a good investment at this moment? My answer is yes. Continue reading Nokia and the turnaround story named Lumia
I thought it was funny how you can partially own a company without possessing any material part. Like, I own Apple stock, but I don’t even own the company’s stapler or toilet paper, much less one of their popular iPads or Macbooks. Holding a stock doesn’t mean I’m entitled to anything valuable necessarily. It’s an interesting concept. Continue reading Investment basics: what is a stock?
So I have been investing in stocks for 3 months now. My portfolio is in good shape; I lost a bunch of money from some bad trades, and gained a bunch from the good ones. Overall, I have come out ahead and learned a good deal about the stock market. Funny enough, most of my gains have been huge gains (think 20% or more) and come from incredible trades. One such a good trade gave me more than 50% return and really boosted my confidence for investing. And I have American Airlines and US Airways to thank for that. Specifically, I have the merger deal between them to thank for the gains from American Airlines stock. At this point I have already sold my entire position in the stock, and little did I know at the time that the movement of the stock was such a unique case in the world of investing.
On Tuesday, February the 5th, I finally opened an investment account at Scottrade, after missing out on a lot of good deals from the stock market recovery from late 2011 through 2012. My 401(k) plan with my employer consists of mostly stock rather than fixed income, and sure enough my annual return in 2012 was almost 20%. But I was particularly confident about the revival of Bank of America when its stock price was around $5 a share, and even now I still believe I would have bought a lot of their shares and would have benefited from the 100% return had I known how to invest and had the determination to step into the investment world. Regrets are my life enemy, and to end this agony, I just had to open an investment account.
I have a personal interest in investing, so investing is just especially exciting to me. But there’s another reason I wanted to start investing sooner rather than later, and this reason applies to everyone. Continue reading The power of compound interest: why you should start investing today