sailrmac,<<Unless you have way more money than you can possible spend in retirement, you are probably better off keeping some diversification in your investments. 100% CD's is actually riskier (when you consider the risk of outliving your funds) than a mix of stocks, bonds, Cd's, REIT's, Real Estate, etc.>>I agree. I was talking about putting 5 years living expenses in CDs and keeping the rest in the market. <<You will have earned income even after you retire. Dividends and capital gains from your assets outside your tax protected stuff. Thus you will still be able to and probably should continue to contribute to your Roth IRA.>>Are you saying that I can use interest and capital gains to count as earned income and therefore fund a Roth contribution ?http://www.fool.com/taxes/2002/taxes020809.htm"To make a Roth IRA contribution, you must have earned income. Earned income is generally income you receive from working -- as compensation for your labor in one form or another. It's reported to you on a W-2 form, or you report it on Schedule C (Business Income) or Schedule F (Farm Income) with your normal tax return. Earned income generally does not include Social Security benefits, pensions, interest, dividends, rental income, or capital gains." -helen
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