There's a lot of good news from the frontlines of individual retirement accounts (IRAs). There was a parade of private letter rulings, many quite beneficial to taxpayers. Some rule changes also made life easier. Alarming First, though, one sour note: It may be wise to shop for a new custodian for your IRA — one whom you can trust to pay your IRA upon your death to the beneficiary you named on your IRA beneficiary form. Not every custodian will. A Vanguard beneficiary form warns: “If you ...

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