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Most of us need to accumulate a significant war chest for retirement that can produce much-needed income to supplement Social Security checks. It’s smart to devise a retirement plan early — and to consider making a Roth IRA a part of it.

A Roth IRA offers some meaningful tax advantages. For example, your contributions will grow over time and your withdrawals in retirement can be free of federal taxes! Withdrawals from a traditional IRA are taxed as ordinary income in federal and state taxes. Let’s take a closer look at how IRAs (especially Roth IRAs) can strengthen your future financial security and eventually provide valuable retirement income.

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Traditional and Roth IRAs can enhance your retirement

Let’s first review just what IRAs are and how they work. There are two main kinds of IRAs — the traditional IRA and the Roth IRA. With a traditional IRA, you contribute pre-tax money, reducing your taxable income for the year, and thereby reducing your taxes, too. (Taxable income of $75,000 and a $5,000 contribution? You’ll only report $70,000 in taxable income for the year.) The money grows in your account and is taxed at your ordinary income tax rate when you withdraw it in retirement. Many of us will be in lower tax brackets in retirement, so not only is our taxation postponed, but it’s often reduced. That’s the tax break you get with a traditional IRA.

stock market indicators: Deckers Outdoor Corporation(DECK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Hanesbrands was just one of many retail companies that got shellacked this week. Under Armour (UAA) tumbled 29% after missing earnings forecasts and cutting its guidance, while Deckers Outdoor (DECK) plunged 21% after its earnings missed the Street consensus, and Ralph Lauren (RL) plummeted 13% after its CEO stepped down.

  • [By Taylor Cox]

    Analyst/Investor Days

    Finjan Holdings, Inc (NASDAQ: FNJN)
    Danaher Corporation (NYSE: DHR)
    Delta Air Lines, Inc (NYSE: DAL)
    Deckers Outdoor Corporation (NYSE: DECK) annual shareholder meeting, to vote on Marcato Capital board nominees

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  • [By Matt Hogan]

    SKX is also highly attractive in a relative basis when compared to several of its publicly traded peers: Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE: FL), Deckers Outdoor Group (NYSE: DECK), Wolverine World Wide, Inc. (NYSE: WWW) and Columbia Sportswear Company (NASDAQ: COLM). The company's forward EBITDA multiple of 6.9x is equal or below all of the comparable companies: FL (6.9x), DECK (7.6x), WWW (10.1x) and COLM (10.8x).

stock market indicators: Trevena, Inc.(TRVN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Trevena Inc (NASDAQ: TRVN) rose 10.8 percent to $3.60 in pre-market trading after dropping 4.97 percent on Wednesday.
    Yum China Holdings Inc (NYSE: YUMC) rose 10.2 percent to $31.05 in pre-market trading after the company reported upbeat earnings for its first quarter.
    Seres Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: MCRB) rose 9.1 percent to $11.39 in pre-market trading after dropping 5.26 percent on Wednesday.
    Plug Power Inc (NASDAQ: PLUG) rose 8.9 percent to $2.45 in pre-market trading after surging 73.08 percent on Wednesday.
    Coach Inc (NYSE: COH) rose 6.7 percent to $41.98 in pre-market trading. Coach named Ian Bickley as President, Global Business Development and Strategic Alliances.
    Sapiens International Corporation N.V. (NASDAQ: SPNS) shares rose 6.1 percent to $13.91 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.54 percent on Wednesday.
    Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (NASDAQ: JAZZ) rose 6.1 percent to $149.15 in pre-market trading. Jazz Pharma reached a settlement with Hikma Pharma related to Xyrem patent case. Mizuho downgraded Jazz from Buy to Neutral.
    Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: IBKR) shares rose 6 percent to $36.72 in pre-market trading after declining 0.03 percent on Wednesday.
    Rewalk Robotics Ltd (NASDAQ: RWLK) rose 5.3 percent to $2.00 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs purchased 28 added Exoskeleton Systems.
    Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: MACK) rose 5.1 percent to $3.29 in pre-market trading. Merrimack declared a $1.06 special dividend.
    BioTime, Inc. (NYSE: BTX) shares rose 4.8 percent to $3.50 in pre-market trading. BioTime, reported the formation of new subsidiary AgeX Therapeutics, Inc.
    Akari Therapeutics PLC (ADR) (NASDAQ: AKTX) shares rose 4.8 percent to $12.26 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.69 percent on Wednesday.
    Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBY) rose 3.6 percent to $39.15 in pre-market trading after the company posted better-than
  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Trevena Inc. (NASDAQ: TRVN) dropped about 6.3% Thursday, to post a new 52-week low of $3.70 after closing at $3.95 on Wednesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $9.73. Volume was nearly 5 times the daily average of around 700,000 shares. The company’s pain-killing drug got mixed results in a trial result reported Tuesday.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Trevena Inc. (NASDAQ: TRVN) reported positive results from two late-stage clinical trials that work to treat post-surgical pain. The company intends to submit these results to the FDA for a marketing approval agreement in the fourth quarter. Previously, oliceridine was approved for a breakthrough designation by the agency.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Trevena Inc (NASDAQ: TRVN) shares dropped 36 percent to $4.55 despite a positive development in Phase 3 trials. Trevena announced positive top-line results from ongoing Phase 3 trials called "APOLLO-1" and "APOLLO-2." The studies evaluated the safety of Trevena's oliceridine therapy in patients for 48 hours following bunionectomy and 24 hours following abdominoplasty.

  • [By Maxx Chatsko]

    Shares of clinical-stage biopharma Trevena (NASDAQ:TRVN) fell nearly 12% today after it reported full-year 2016 earnings. The pre-revenue company didn’t announce any surprises one way or the other. However, investors appear to be considering the near-term consequences of swelling expenses that won’t be offset by product sales anytime soon.

stock market indicators: Coca-Cola Company (The)(KO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Although estimates are not available, beverage giants such as PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE: PEP), Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (NYSE: DPS) and The Coca-Cola Co (NYSE: KO) also benefit from SNAP. When there was a move in 2011 to bring about restrictions on SNAP purchases, Pepsi reportedly spent $750,000 in the third quarter of 2011 on lobbying alone.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Coca-Cola Co.(NYSE: KO) was the exact same stake of 400 million shares. This has been a position thatalso has remained static, and Buffett has defended his stake here for years.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Yes, Coca-Cola (KO) announced a CEO swap last week, but that has nothing to do with Morgan Stanley’s decision to cut Coca-Cola to Equal Weight from Overweight. Morgan Stanley analyst Dara Mohsenian and team explain what did:

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    We view Coke valuation as fair here, given topline challenges, with results limited by secular health/wellness challenges in developed markets and by weak macros in emerging markets. We also are even more cautious on large cap multinationals in general, given direct and indirect impacts from a Trump administration: 1) less favorable relative tax benefits from policy changes than domestic centric manufacturers, 2) the indirect impact of a strengthening US dollar, and 3) lower leverage to a potential US macro recovery from greater fiscal spending (which will have less impact on defensive large cap staples). Our downgrade is not related to the recent CEO change. We view James Quincey favorably, and we expect (and encourage) him to push harder on the favorable strategic changes Coke announced in October 2014.

    No matter. Shares of Coca-Cola have advanced 0.2% to $41.62 at 12:36 p.m. today.

stock market indicators: General Growth Properties, Inc.(GGP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    GGP Inc. (NYSE: GGP) posted a new 52-week low of $22.12 on Wednesday, down about 2.2% compared with Tuesday’s closing price of $22.61. The stock’s 52-week high is $32.10. Volume of around 4 million shares was about 20% below the daily average of around 5 million shares. The retail REIT had no specific news.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Tuesday was GGP Inc. (NYSE: GGP) which rose about 17% to $22.21. The stocks 52-week range is $18.83 to $27.10. Volume was about51 million compared to its average volume of 5.7 million.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    GGP Inc. (NYSE: GGP) posted a new 52-week low of $21.05 on Wednesday, down about 8.6% from Tuesday’s closing price of $23.04. The stock’s 52-week high is $31.35. Volume totaled around 17 million shares, well over double the daily average of around 6.5 million. The REIT missed revenue estimates this morning.

stock market indicators: MGIC Investment Corporation(MTG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Brian Feroldi, Chuck Saletta, Tyler Crowe, Jason Hall, and Jordan Wathen]

    With that in mind, we asked a team of Fools each to highlight a stock that a billionaire investor has been selling recently. Read on to see why they chose Cheniere Energy (NYSEMKT:LNG), Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI), Suncor Energy (NYSE:SU), MGIC Investment Corporation (NYSE:MTG), and Extended Stay America (NYSE:STAY).

stock market indicators: NQ Mobile Inc.(NQ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Thursday, telecommunications services shares gained by 0.42 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included 8×8, Inc. (NASDAQ: EGHT), up 4 percent, and NQ Mobile Inc (ADR) (NYSE: NQ), up 2 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    NQ Mobile Inc (ADR) (NYSE: NQ) shares dropped 16 percent to $3.88 after the company issued an update on the FL Mobile divestment. NQ Mobile is expected to report Q4 financial results on March 21, 2016.

  • [By Belinda Cao]

    Oberweis China Opportunities Fund (OBCHX), the best-performing U.S.-based fund investing in Chinese stocks, said Internet companies from NQ Mobile Inc. (NQ) to Qihoo 360 Technology Co. (QIHU) will extend a rally after jumping more than three-fold this year.

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