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10/08/2014 10:13 am ET Updated Oct 08, 2014

11 Ways To Tap Retirement Cash Early

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Recently, a 50-year-old friend asked me where to put extra cash he wanted to save for retirement, but was worried he might have to use to pay college bills for his high-school age twins. This fellow had been feeding a 401(k) as well as 529 state college savings accounts for his kids. But he now had extra income from moonlighting and wondered whether he should use it to fund a tax-deductible SEP-IRA (a special individual retirement account for the self-employed), or should pour his extra savings into the 529s.

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