Archive for the ‘401K Retirement’ Category

How Do I Plan For Retirement

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Every working man and woman is entitled to a retirement that is secure and comfortable. Saving and planning for retirement is not necessarily an easy process however because we are living longer and healthier lives in general, which means we need more money to survive retirement than ever before. If you want to learn how to plan for a healthy, comfortable and secure retirement then you need to begin planning wisely using a blueprint similar to the one outlined below:

What do you plan to do in your retirement?

– Save early and often. –

The sooner that you begin to save money, the longer the amount of time you will have for those funds to grow. By putting compounding to use, you can make gains every year that will add on to the gains of the prior year, and so on and so forth. This can really add up, fueling the growth of your retirement fund.

– Set realistic and attainable goals. –

Do not use rules of thumb to project your retirement expenses, because they are based upon your needs and not the needs of others before you. What type of lifestyle do you want to live when you retire? Figure out the expenses accordingly and use these expenses to formulate how much money is needed to supplement social security and other income sources during retirement.

– Save using a 401(k). –

This is one of the best and one of the easiest ways that you can save money. Making contributions towards a 401(k) plan can provide you with immediate tax deductions, matched contributions from your employer, and even a tax deferment on the growth that your retirement savings accrues. This is absolutely excellent advice for anyone who ever wondered how to plan for retirement.

– Utilize IRAs for retirement savings with tax advantages. –

IRAs provide you with large tax breaks much in the same way that 401(k)s can. They offer two different types of tax breaks, one which provides growth that is tax deferred, and one that provides tax free growth but doesn’t allow for deductible contributions the way that traditional IRAs can. Roth IRAs do not allow deductible contributions, which mean withdrawals do not require you to owe any taxes in the way that traditional IRAs do.

– Make wise asset allocation moves. –

This means that your portfolio should be divided between stocks and bonds in a wise manner so that you can make a strong and powerful impact on any of the long term investment returns that you have. Stocks are the best option for stable and long term methods of growth, while bonds work well both in the short term and long term. Still, you should not rely too heavily on bonds when planning for retirement. If you want to stretch your nest egg’s life out to the best of its capabilities, you absolutely must make tax efficient withdrawals.

Photo Credits: 1

Originally posted 2020-11-14 05:57:29. Republished by Old Post Promoter

Related Articles
  • Do You Need a Money Manager? /caption] If your idea of organizing your finances is throwing a receipt in a big pile, you may want to consider the benefits of hiring a money manager. There is a new trend in the financial world where daily money managers are becoming very popular, and for many consumers, they……
  • How Do Savings Bonds Work? Is My Money Safe if I Purchase Them? /caption] These are questions most people ask when they consider buying savings bonds. Yes, your investment in savings bonds is one of the most safe investments you can make. You’re purchasing the bond and giving the government cash, which they pay you interest back on at a later date. It’s……
  • 401k Planning Most people have questions when it comes to 401k planning and retirement. These people often wonder what 401k planning is, how 401k planning works, and how a dwindling balance can be revived. 401k plans can be complex, but they can also be quite easy to understand with a little bit……
  • 3 Types of Safe Investments /caption] Given the shaky financial markets across the world today and the extreme ups and downs that are being seen from one day to the next in the US market, you might be wondering what are safe investments, and how can I be sure I won’t lose all the money……
  • How Much Money Do You Really Spend? Overspending is an enormous problem for Americans right now and the sad truth is, many of us do not even know we are doing it. If you are finding it hard to make ends meet at the end of the month, or you are desperately waiting for that next paycheck……
Related Sites
  • iraIntroduction to the IRA The IRA is an Individual Retirement Account that was originally created by the United States Congress as a means of providing retirement savings with tax advantages to workers that were not already being covered under an employer-sponsored retirement plan. Unlike the standard 401(k) plan, the purpose of an IRA is……
  • Moolanomy weekly roundup #6: “Money Wasters” edition I would like to think that I started the movement with Top 10 money wasters, are you guilty?, but I doubt it. So, here are other posts about money wasters, money leaks, unnecessary expenses, or whatever you want to call it. Gather Little By Little, 7 Things I’ve Given Up……
  • The 7-Day Turnaround, Day 5: Start Saving for Retirement This is the fifth article in Frugal Dad’s week-long series, The 7-Day Turnaround: One Week to Change Your Family’s Financial Destiny. Each day brings a new step to implement and help you get control of your finances. Now that you have moved beyond the half-way point in your 7-day turnaround,……
  • Moolanomy weekly roundup #4: “Retirement” edition This week roundup will focus on the subject of retirement. Something I look forward to hopefully sooner rather than later. The way I see it is that you can truly retire until you achieve financial independence; and that is what I want. Financial Dominance wrote What Do I Need to……
  • A Nice Surprise in our Bank Account We had a nice surprise of sorts in our online savings account. Upon logging in we discovered that our Federal tax refund was deposited! This was a nice boost to the account since, as I mentioned from our accountant trip, we were getting a pretty large return. The refund hit……

To Borrow or Not to Borrow against a 401K

Friday, July 10th, 2009

Question –

Because of the credit crunch, is this a good time to consider borrowing against a 401(k) savings as a means of paying off other loans? My current 401(k) planning investment return is 5 percent, and the interest I will be paying on it is 9 percent.

To borrow or not borrow against a 401K.

Answer –

If you only really consider the numbers in the situation, taking out a loan against your 401(k) in order to pay off a high interest credit card or some other higher interest debt may seem like a no brainer decision. This is because you would be paying yourself back the interest by paying back a 401(k) loan, but with credit card debt or a high interest loan you would be paying as much as 15 percent or more straight to the bank. Plus in today’s market, the 9 percent that you speak of is more than you would make if you were just keeping the money to sit in your account.

With that said, however, most 401k planning experts would shudder at the mere idea of raiding tomorrow’s intended nest egg to fund the financial indiscretions of today. This kind of thing may work out in terms of pure numbers, experts will gladly agree, but that does not make this a good idea, or even one worth putting consideration into. Financial planners generally agree that there are a number of concerns to touch on before you ever make a decision as large as this one, for example:

What if you leave your company?

If you leave your company for any reason at all, you generally only have 30 days to pay back the entire loan in full; otherwise you will have to pay ordinary income taxes on the withdrawal along with a 10-percent IRS penalty, assuming you are under the age of 59 and a half.

The bottom line here is that this is a pretty foolish move in most if not all situations, even if you are desperate to pay off a high interest credit card or some other high interest debt that has been accrued. If you are likely to rack up more debt in the process, have concerns relating to job security, or are paying off loans that are tax deductible or low interest, then this is definitely a foolish way to go. On the other hand, there are scenarios where this could allow you to come out financially ahead, but they tend to be few and far between. If you’re not sure, then it would be wise to sit down with an investment advisor or financial advisor who can help you weigh your options.

Before you take out any loan you should sit down with an expert that can help you review your choices. You just may discover that there is a better, less risky and less costly option that you have not yet explored for this particular situation.

Photo Credits: 1

Originally posted 2020-11-10 20:58:13. Republished by Old Post Promoter

Related Articles
  • How Do Savings Bonds Work? Is My Money Safe if I Purchase Them? /caption] These are questions most people ask when they consider buying savings bonds. Yes, your investment in savings bonds is one of the most safe investments you can make. You’re purchasing the bond and giving the government cash, which they pay you interest back on at a later date. It’s……
  • 4 Tips for College Students Budgets /caption] If you are a college student, then your primary focus is probably set on your studies and trying to maintain your education so that you will be benefited in the future. Unfortunately, one of the things that you may not be putting enough consideration into is how you are……
  • What Are Legitimate High Yield Investments? In this day and age, everyone is hurting for money, and locating legitimate high yield investments is not easy. Aside from scams, another consideration that needs to be made is the potential return on any investments that you make. Despite the fact that there are many attractive investment opportunities available……
  • 3 Types of Safe Investments /caption] Given the shaky financial markets across the world today and the extreme ups and downs that are being seen from one day to the next in the US market, you might be wondering what are safe investments, and how can I be sure I won’t lose all the money……
  • Should You Be Worried About the Economy? /caption] If you follow the news, chances are the state of the economy may have you a little concerned. Bad news is rampant, the housing market is shaky and doom appears to be around every corner. While there are some definite problems with the economy right now, that doesn’t necessarily……
Related Sites
  • Any debt reduction method is good Say you’re up to your eyeballs in consumer debt.  You realize this, and head to to your local library to check out the personal finance section, looking for a way out.  Upon reaching the personal finance section, you are faced not with a maze of twisty little passages, all alike,……
  • Some windfall psychology First off, a big thank you to The Consumerist and The Simple Dollar and others for linking to my article on seven prudent things to do with a small windfall.  I’m glad you found it worthwhile!The Consumerist linked to an article on CNN Money that discussed this issue as well. ……
  • Late Loan #1, in Process of Paying The loan discussed in previous posts is in the process of paying: One Loan Late. Not supposed to happen to AA. What does that mean? and Review of Late Loan #1 Their loan shows a payment as of the 2nd attempt.  So my prediction that the loan would be caught up was……
  • Summer Savings Series #6: Saving tip: Save Like You’re Paying Off A High Interest Debt Send Money I was driving down the highway on my way home from work the other day when I looked up and saw a billboard for a local bank. It had a two sentence ad for their high-yield savings account that really caught my attention. It said: Your future……
  • 401(k) Loan bad for your (financial) health? The June Kiplinger’s magazine ran an article, “Raiding your 401(k).*” It advises against borrowing from one’s 401(k) and cites a T. Rowe Price study suggesting that someone borrowing $10,000 for 5 years (at age 35) will be short $145,000 at retirement even after paying back the loan. At 10%, $10,000……

401k Planning

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

Most people have questions when it comes to 401k planning and retirement. These people often wonder what 401k planning is, how 401k planning works, and how a dwindling balance can be revived. 401k plans can be complex, but they can also be quite easy to understand with a little bit of preparation.

What is 401k Planning?

A 401k is a retirement plan sponsored by an employer. Employees can contribute some of their income to their plan before taxes. The maximum amount of the contribution can be limited by the plan or by the federal government. Once the employee goes into retirement, their distribution is going to depend on how much the plan has grown over time. Because of this, employees should choose their investment choices carefully. Once they begin to take distributions, the withdrawals will be taxed. If the money is withdrawn before the employee reaches the age of 59 and a half, then there will be a withdrawal penalty.

Plan for your retirement.

How does 401k Planning Work?

If a company does offer a 401k retirement plan, then the employee usually has some option to select their investment funds based on a list provided by the 401k planning company. The employee’s contribution is going to be deducted automatically from the employee’s paycheck before taxes are taken out. Each employee is allowed to contribute up to a certain percentage, and some employers will match this percentage. The contributions that are made along with matching funds are invested into the employee’s funds. Sometimes loans can be drawn out of 401k plans, and some hardship withdrawals are also permitted. There is also a vesting period where an employee must be employed for a defined number of years before the money in their account is actually their own.

How is a declining balance repaired in 401k planning?

The first thing that you should do in order to address a declining balance is to look more closely at the investment mix that you are working with. If you invest too heavily in company stock, this can cause significant problems if the company ever faces financial troubles. Contributions should be adjusted in order to make the most out of contribution limitations, and the maximum tax deferred contribution should be made whenever possible. At the very least when this is not possible, employees should contribute enough to gain matching funds from the company.

How can a 401k portfolio be best balanced?

Balancing your 401k planning portfolio is important because it shows you whether or not your investments are on track with your game plan for retirement. If you are wondering whether or not you need to rebalance, it may be time to consider your goals, your risk tolerance and any other concerns that you have alongside a financial advisor. Some of the things that will dictate the next steps in your 401k planning process include age and how close you are to retirement. Your 401k planning process will involve investments for growth and investments for income.

Photo Credits: 1

Originally posted 2020-11-05 05:09:37. Republished by Old Post Promoter

Related Articles
  • What Are Safe Investments? /caption] If you are trying to accumulate wealth, set aside money for the future or you would just like to have a few more streams of income coming in, investments are usually the first thing people turn to. However, the most common question that many people have is what are……
  • Setting Goals for Good Personal Finance /caption] Setting goals is an important part of your personal finance plan. Goals can be divided into four unique categories that are relatively general in nature. These categories are short term goals, intermediate term goals, long term goals and life goals. Short Term Personal Finance Goals – These short term……
  • Personal Budget Planning /caption] The key to your financial success in life is your own personal money management skills. Your personal money management practices make up your own personal method of reaching both your goals and your dreams. No one likes the idea of personal budget planning, but you will never know if……
  • The Best Small Investments /caption] Wall Street’s recent cataclysmic events are still unfolding and the entire planet is feeling their aftershocks. For this reason, interest in what is going on in the stock market is rising quickly, even for those who do not normally understand what the stock market is all about, or what……
  • 401K Planning 101 If you are young, and you are just beginning a career, then the idea of retirement planning may seem so very far off that it is probably the last thing on your mind right now. But if you are on the other side of the fence, and retirement is approaching……
Related Sites
  • Introduction to SEP IRA Simplified Employee Pension Plan In my TurboTax Online Review, I mentioned that I owe some federal income tax and is thinking about opening a SEP IRA, or a Simplified Employee Pension Plan. Aside from reducing my tax liabilities, I want to maintain my safe harbor from having to pay quarterly income taxes in 2009…….
  • investingSuccessful Investing Tips and Techniques The true, most basic motivation behind investing is to grow our investment. People who have invested before will take their time, looking at the differing companies and the market, trying to predict how a stock will do in a year or two. Those investors whom are without the experience to……
  • moneyThe Key to Successful Financial Planning Financial planning at its smallest denominator is essentially what you’d like to have and how you plan to get it. That may be oversimplifying things just a bit, but sometimes when you look at things stripped away of all of their jargon, it’s a lot easier to understand it. So,……
  • What Should You Do with your TSP When You Leave the Service? When I separated from the USAF in 2006, I was faced with a decision regarding my Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). Since I would no longer be a member of the armed forces, I could no longer contribute to the TSP. So what should I do? In the end I decided……
  • Getting a Raise – the 401k way It was less than a month ago when I learned Smart Money to figure out that I’d be losing $6,613. The new job had enough perks for me to take this loss. However, it’s a whole new ballgame today. The company is getting a 401k plan soon and it feels……

Do You Ask Yourself, How Do I Plan for Retirement?

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

Start saving now!

Don’t you think that every working man and working woman is entitled to enjoying a secure and comfortable retirement once they are no longer working? Due to the fact that we have taken so many strides in health care and in medicine, many people are living longer and healthier lives, which translates to many people having longer periods of retirement. In other to attain the goal of having a secure and comfortable retirement, it is vital that we plan for retirement wisely by beginning with a solid blueprint for success.

* Save early, and save often.

The sooner you begin to save money, the longer your funds will have to grow in preparation. Putting compounding to use for you is one of the best possible ways that you can build your wealth, because the gains that you make with every new year will be added to the gains that you make with every previous year.

* Set goals that are realistic.

Rather than relying on rules of thumb to project your future retirement expenses. If your expenses are based upon your needs, you need to set realistic goals rather than simply assuming. Formulate how much money you will need based on the type of lifestyle that you intend to lead, and keep your potential future income in mind.

* Save up for retirement using a 401(k).

Why? Because making a contribution to this type of account will provide you with immediate tax deductions, employer matched contributions and even tax deferments on your retirement savings growth. This is excellent advice for anyone who is wondering “how do I plan for retirement?” without a clear cut plan.

* Another example of a way to invest for your future is IRAS.

IRAS provide large tax breaks like 401(k) accounts do, offering you an excellent level of tax advantaged aid. There are traditional IRAs with tax deferred investing, and Roth IRAs where there is tax free growth but no deductible contribution capabilities.

* Allocate your assets wisely rather than investing too largely into one investment over another.

Spread your portfolio out, and enjoy numerous types of investments rather than just relying on 401(k), or IRAs, or savings. For example, for stable long term growth in your investment portfolio, stocks may be one of the best options that you can choose to invest in. If you are looking for high returns over a long period of time, which is ideal for retirement saving, then stocks are an excellent choice for you to consider.

* Do not rely to heavily on bonds.

When you are saving for retirement, bonds should not be your primary source of investment because they are not as tax efficient as other investment vehicles when saving and investing for retirement.

* Having a part time job once you are retired may be a good bet.

It will continue to put money into your savings even after you have retired.

Photo Credits: 1

Originally posted 2020-01-16 05:39:03. Republished by Old Post Promoter

Related Articles
  • Teach Teens to Save Money /caption] One of the biggest reasons why having a teenage child can be difficult is because teenagers tend to spend money easily and freely without any real regard for what goes into earning that money in the first place. Teenagers tend to spend a great deal of money on clothes,……
  • How Do I Plan For Retirement? One of the most common questions people have is how do I plan for retirement? Whether you’re looking at retiring in five years or thirty five, it is important to come up with a plan that will provide you with more than enough to live comfortably. It is no longer……
  • Should You Pay Off Your Mortgage Early? With the trouble in the housing market, those that are financially stable are left wondering whether now may be a good time to pay off their mortgages. There are some definite pros and cons to early payment, and this strategy is one that must be carefully considered before taking action…….
  • Prepare for Your Retirement Now /caption] If you are young and just beginning a career, then the concept of retirement planning may seem so far away that it is the last thing that you put any consideration into. However if you are on the opposite end of the fence and retirement is just around the……
  • How Do Savings Bonds Work? /caption] Savings bonds are a major offering in credit unions and at banks. It is important to know what savings bonds are all about so that you can understand whether or not they will benefit you in any way. This page is going to take you through some of the……
Related Sites
  • women-arent-saving-enough4Study shows Women Saving Less than Men for Retirement! This topic almost makes me want to run and hide after putting up a headline like that, but alas, it’s true — women are saving less than men when it comes to their retirement accounts. According to recent data from WISER (The Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement), women are……
  • investStarting Small – $1000 or Less Investments Everyone has some sort of interest in investing, but most people avoid it because they are not sure which investments are safe, or which they can get into despite not having a lot of money to work with. One of the best things that you can do when just starting……
  • longestPersonal Retirement Plan Investment Options Good financial management consists of two different distinct facets, the first of which is learning how to make the best use out of your limited earned income in order to best meet your current expenses, and the second of which has to do with learning how to implement strategies that……
  • self-directed IRAsInvesting with YOUR Self-Directed Individual Retirement Account (IRA) Part 2

    self-directed IRAs

    Individual Retirement Accounts, IRA’s, are usually started one of two ways – either by rolling over a 401(k) account from a former employer or by going to your local stock broker/mutual fund specialist/bank or other financial institution, and opening the account with a small……
  • your investments will return 6% annually, probably There’s a common assumption that I noticed was being used at Sun’s Financial Diary that the stock market returns 10% historically. I don’t think this is an uncommon assumption. This rate is usually used when making assumptions about how money will grow in the future, and how people should……

401K Planning 101

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

If you are young, and you are just beginning a career, then the idea of retirement planning may seem so very far off that it is probably the last thing on your mind right now. But if you are on the other side of the fence, and retirement is approaching faster than you can handle, then you may be trying to figure out what you can do to handle it. Regardless of which situation you are in, it is absolutely vital that you begin to prepare right now. There are so many forces that are working against you financially, and for this reason, it is vital that you begin to plan now, and you do not stop saving for retirement until long after you retire.

Do you have a 401K Plan?

The first thing to look into is whether or not your current place of employment offers a retirement plan. In the past, the only type of retirement plan was a pension plan, and pension plans were a sturdy and solid part of the everyday retirement planning process. However, because the economy is turning into a completely new beast all together, these older and more reliable pension plans are quickly and unfortunately becoming a thing of the past.

To replace the pension plans of days old, most companies are now offering a retirement savings and investment plan known as a 401k retirement plan. A 401k retirement plan is a powerful way that you can invest for your retirement over a long period of time. They usually involve investing in a number of different mutual funds as well as in company stock. When making your selection of investments, it is really important that you know how to practice diversification, meaning that you should not invest too much into one thing but instead should spread your investments out across multiple investment vehicles, like stocks, IRAs, 401ks, bonds and mutual funds. You want to make sure that your investments fall within your company and outside of the company you work for as well, because things can go bad no matter how well you think they’re going within the walls of the company you work for.

If your employer does not offer a 401k retirement investment plan, then it truly is more important than ever that you take a proactive approach to the concept of investing and saving for retirement. You are going to want to have an IRA set up, either a Roth IRA or a Traditional IRA depending on how you want to handle the taxes, withdrawals and investments.

The most important step to take when it comes to retirement planning is simply to make sure that you have a plan that you can stick to. The earlier you begin to take action when it comes to your retirement plan, the more you will be able to prepare and plan before it gets to be too late.

Photo Credits: 1

Originally posted 2020-01-08 05:03:27. Republished by Old Post Promoter

Related Articles
  • 8 Tips for College Student Budgets /caption] Below are eight tips for college students about money and finances. 1. Track your Expenses If you track your spending for a few weeks, you will be better able to figure out where your money is going. Are you spending an exorbitant amount of money on Starbucks? You may……
  • Teach Teens to Save Money /caption] One of the biggest reasons why having a teenage child can be difficult is because teenagers tend to spend money easily and freely without any real regard for what goes into earning that money in the first place. Teenagers tend to spend a great deal of money on clothes,……
  • Teens Saving Money /caption] One of the best ways to build a strong financial foundation in teens is by starting a savings plan early on. Over the past few years, there have been more teens saving money and the results are clear. When you take the time to teach good financial practices to……
  • Teach your Teens to Save Money Teaching your children how to manage their finances is absolutely critical if you want them to be successful at managing their money in the future. More than 80 percent of all parents are led to believe that their children are learning enough about personal finance and money management in school,……
  • 401k Planning Most people have questions when it comes to 401k planning and retirement. These people often wonder what 401k planning is, how 401k planning works, and how a dwindling balance can be revived. 401k plans can be complex, but they can also be quite easy to understand with a little bit……
Related Sites
  • Our Early Retirement Plan: My Personal Income (Part 2) If you are just starting this, I suggest you start at The Introduction – Part 0. Alternatively, you can jump to Our Early Retirement Plan: Where We Are Now (Part 1). My income and my wife’s income are dramatically different from most people. I don’t have a 9-5 job. Yesterday……
  • What First? Pay Off Student Loans or Save For Retirement? We’ve made it known on StupidCents on how important it is to start early when investing. Of course, that is easier said then done, especially when you just graduated from college with student loan debt. Getting your feet wet in the real world, finding a job and spending your new……
  • 2009 Retirement Plan Contribution Limits The IRS has made a few changes to federal tax brackets and increased the maximum contribution levels of several retirement plans for 2009. The big changes came to employee sponsored deferral programs such as the Thrift Savings Plan and the 401(k) plan – and similar plans such as the 403b,……
  • Why 401(k) Can Spell “Lousy Retirement Plan” Mr. ToughMoneyLove doesn’t have have a pension plan or a golden parachute.  When I leave my job for good, my employer will say thanks (by then, probably more like “thanks for finally leaving”) and cut me a small check for the book value of my stock in the business.  ……
  • Optimize Your 401K Plan As companies continue to phase out defined pension plans for an ever increasing number of workers, the 401k has become the cornerstone of many American workers’ retirement plan. Unfortunately, success is not guaranteed with these plans and employees need to take the following steps to maximize the performance of these……

Prepare for Your Retirement Now

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

Plan for Retirement Now!

If you are young and just beginning a career, then the concept of retirement planning may seem so far away that it is the last thing that you put any consideration into. However if you are on the opposite end of the fence and retirement is just around the corner, then you may find yourself struggling to figure out how to keep things handled. Regardless of what your unique situation currently is, it is an absolute must that you begin to prepare for your retirement now if you have not done so already. Considering everything that is going on right now, like gas price fluctuations, fears of recession and the instability of Social Security, planning for retirement is simply not what it used to be. You need to invest, plan and save for your retirement these days rather than simply saving and hoping for the best.

First of all, your place of employment may be able to offer a retirement plan or 401k plan, but this is not always the case. Back in the day, 401k planning was known as pension planning, and it was a vital and solid part of the retirement planning process. However, as the economy turns into an economy that is more competitive than ever, these older and more reliable retirement plans are becoming a thing of the past. Still, 401k planning can be absolutely vital, and most employers do offer 401k planning support to their employees.

401k planning is a vital and powerful way for you to invest for your retirement over a period of time. 401k planning usually allows for you to invest in a number of different company stocks and mutual funds. When making your selection for investments, it is important that you learn how to practice diversification, which means spreading your investments out into different asset classes. Most importantly, it’s important for you to learn from others mistakes. Do not put all of your retirement funds into the company’s stock, for example. No matter how solid you think the company is that you are working for, things can go wrong, and you can lose your retirement plan when you lose your job if you’re not careful.

Now, if your employer does not have a 401k planning process, then it is more important than ever for you to take a proactive approach to retirement planning. You can set up an IRA or Individual Retirement Account, which is an excellent way for you to kick start the retirement planning process when you do not immediately have 401k planning options available to you. Traditional IRA accounts allow you to deduct your contributions so that you can take advantage of growth with taxes deferred until retirement. Roth IRAs work differently, in that they are not deductible when you contribute, but when you go into retirement they will be completely tax free.

401k planning is an important part of preparing yourself for retirement, so take it seriously and do not wait. The sooner you begin planning for your retirement, the better off you will be.

Photo Credit: 1

Originally posted 2020-01-02 05:53:44. Republished by Old Post Promoter

Related Articles
  • Stocks are a Great Investment /caption] Most people recognize that stocks are an excellent investment, but purchasing stocks can be a confusing process. This is especially true if you have little experience in investing, or no experience at all. You can turn the stock buying process into a good investment even as a beginner, and……
  • Personal Budget Planning /caption] Personal budget planning is an important part of keeping a handle on your finances. Because there is so much turmoil in today’s economy, maintaining a healthy personal budget is more vital than ever. Crafting a personal budget begins with determining how money comes in, and how money goes out,……
  • Child Savings and Investment /caption] Having children is not a cheap proposition these days, especially when you consider long term costs. The older your children become, the more they are going to end up costing in the long run. High education prices, for example, continue to soar making it nearly impossible for you to……
  • How Much Money Do You Really Spend? Overspending is an enormous problem for Americans right now and the sad truth is, many of us do not even know we are doing it. If you are finding it hard to make ends meet at the end of the month, or you are desperately waiting for that next paycheck……
  • Setting Goals for Good Personal Finance /caption] Setting goals is an important part of your personal finance plan. Goals can be divided into four unique categories that are relatively general in nature. These categories are short term goals, intermediate term goals, long term goals and life goals. Short Term Personal Finance Goals – These short term……
Related Sites
  • Our Early Retirement Plan: Motivation, Numbers & Tools, and Conclusion (Part 5) If you are just starting this, I suggest you start at The Introduction – Part 0. Alternatively, you can jump to Our Early Retirement Plan: Where We Are Now (Part 1), Our Early Retirement Plan: My Personal Income (Part 2), Our Early Retirement Plan: My Wife’s Plan (Part 3), or……
  • Optimize Your 401K Plan As companies continue to phase out defined pension plans for an ever increasing number of workers, the 401k has become the cornerstone of many American workers’ retirement plan. Unfortunately, success is not guaranteed with these plans and employees need to take the following steps to maximize the performance of these……
  • Explaining Insanity: Those Who Ignore Retirement Planning America’s generation of baby boomers are about to retire, and what is the biggest fear? Is it not having enough hospital beds, or not enough quality senior activities? No, it’s the unfrequented burden that will be placed on government services such as social security and Medicare. Good shares of people……
  • The Last Chance Millionaire I recently received a review copy of The Last Chance Millionaire, It’s Not Too Late to Become Wealthy (affiliate link) by Douglas R. Andrew, which has a publication date of June 12, 2020 in hardcover. I’ll be passing along my review copy to a random commenter. If you’d like a……
  • iraIntroduction to the IRA The IRA is an Individual Retirement Account that was originally created by the United States Congress as a means of providing retirement savings with tax advantages to workers that were not already being covered under an employer-sponsored retirement plan. Unlike the standard 401(k) plan, the purpose of an IRA is……