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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 If the money is withdrawn before the employee reaches the age of 59 and a half, then there will be a withdrawal penalty.

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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.

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

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Should You Be Worried About the Economy?

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

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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 mean that you need to start panicking. Smart money management is always important, but if you find that you are overly worried about the state of the economy, there are a few steps that you can take to shore up your financial defenses and stop worrying.

The first step is to take a hard look at your mortgage payments, car payments and any other loans that you may have. If they are calculated under a variable rate, now is the time to start allocating a little extra each month to ensure that you have enough to keep up with the payments. If your mortgage payment looks like it is going to be too high, act quickly by negotiating with your bank for either a payment deferment or even a refinance. No one wins in a foreclosure situation and most banks will be willing to work something out with you.

The second step is to think about consolidating your credit card bills if necessary. If you are paying on multiple cards that all have high interest rates, you could be wasting a lot of money each month. Take advantage of a low or no interest card that will allow you to transfer those high balances into one. Just make sure you read the fine print to see how long the interest rate will remain low. Or use Loanio to receive a loan from lenders, this is easy and painless to do. This not only helps you save money on high interest fees, but you can also save time by paying only one bill every month.

Next, you can take a look at what you’re spending and how rising prices are affecting you. For example, the cost of gas right now has many people worried. You may find that you’re spending more to get to work than you may make for the day, or the ratio may have changed dramatically. If this is the case, consider setting up a carpool with other workers to save money, or you may even be able to arrange to telecommute. There are many ways that you can reduce your monthly expenses and free up more money to handle the rising cost of necessities.

This is also a good time to think about setting up an emergency fund. This is a very beneficial type of savings account that can tide you over if you run short during the month, or if you end up with a personal crisis on your hands. When you have the security of a savings account, emergency fund or other means of income, you’ll be in a much better position to weather any economic storm.

While the economy has been better, there is certainly no need to start panicking right now. Simply follow smart money practices, and you’ll be in a position where you can withstand whatever comes.

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Originally posted 2020-10-28 20:01:41. Republished by Old Post Promoter

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