Save for Retirement

Retirement savings is a top priority for many Savers. Saving now for retirement will ensure that you have enough money to live a comfortable standard of living when you stop or reduce the amount of hours you work.

You may be able to save for retirement at your workplace through a 401k plan. These accounts have many benefits including direct deposit from your paycheck, which automates the savings process and may include matching funds. Unfortunately, many do not have access to an employer-sponsored retirement plan, such as a 401(k) plan. Even if your employer doesn’t offer a retirement plan, you can still save for retirement, by putting money in an Individual Retirement Account (IRA).

Keep in mind that slow and steady wins this race. Even modest monthly contributions to a retirement account for 30 to 40 years can, in part because of the miracle of compound interest, easily lead to an accumulation of several hundred thousand dollars.

The following pages will help you determine which retirement plans work for you and how to best take advantage of them.

 

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