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Best online retirement calculators

Most retirement questions boil down to one of 5 biggies. These tools give the best answers with the least hassle.

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By Walter Updegrave, Money Magazine senior editor

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(Money Magazine) -- Some of the Web sites may require a free registration:

Question: Am I on track to a secure retirement?

The answer: CNNMoney's Retirement Planner

Plug in your age, your income, when you plan to retire and other information. You'll get a quick estimate of how large a nest egg you'll need and what your odds are of reaching it.

Question: Am I investing properly?

The answer: Fidelity's myPlan Retirement Quick Check

Its asset-allocation feature can help you find the best mix of stocks and bonds for your retirement goals. Already retired? Use the Retirement Income Planner tool, which can reduce your chances of running out of money.

Question: Should I go for a Roth IRA?

The answer: Morningstar's IRA Calculator

It can tell you whether you're eligible to contribute to a traditional IRA, a Roth IRA or both; help you decide which type to contribute to in a given year; and show you whether it makes sense to convert traditional IRA assets to a Roth.

Question: How long will my money last?

The answer: T. Rowe Price's Retirement Income Calculator

Enter a few simple pieces of information and you'll get the odds that your portfolio will last throughout retirement. You can then see how tinkering with your withdrawals or investment mix might improve your chances.

Question: How much income can I get?

The answer: The Immediate Annuity Calculator

Give your age, gender and the amount you want to convert into a guaranteed income stream. You'll get an estimate of how much an insurer will be willing to pay you (and/or your spouse) each month for the rest of your life.

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