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ascenzm wrote: Keep in mind though that your IRA and 401K account balances are not all yours anyway. The IRS will be getting their cut when you withdraw funds(I live in PA so I will pay no PA income taxes or local income taxes on IRA/401K withdrawals). It's little consolation but figure if the federal government seizes our IRA/401K accounts, about 15-35% of that money was the federal government's money.

This is why an Index Universal Life Policy is a better way to save for retirement, in my opinion. Gains on the accumulated funds are protected from market volatility and distributions are tax free.
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