Retirement planning

Retirement planning

Looking into retirement planning but feeling rather lost? Saving and investing for retirement planning are two different strategies you can work towards and consider when choosing how to go about starting the process. Most people learn about retirement options for investment through an employer, or might have to look for external links themselves. Here you will find a few tips on how you can start to invest for your retirement planning today.


Customize your needs

When you begin to save for retirement, you have the flexibility to know how much it is you want to contribute. Pretty obvious, right? But as you save, your money grows and can continue to grow by investing in that exact same money that is sitting there waiting to someday be taken out. That is why it is important to customize your retirement needs and choose wisely for a plan that suits your financial and current status. Can you afford to put in your own money after taxes are taken out? Or, will you rely on your employer to match what you put in? Do you plan on taking some of that money out? Options vary from a traditional IRA to a Roth or a 401k. Do your research beforehand, be patient and trust the process!


Be smart about penalties, fees and benefits

Once you have chosen a type of retirement account, the contribution and savings begin.  

And while it might be tempting to take out your savings from any account before the age of 59, this is where you are truly tested. Taking money out of retirement planning not only incurs a penalty, but a recipe for disaster thereafter. Make sure you are aware of any exceptions when taking out the funds or administrative fees. For example, with a Roth IRA, if the account has been open for more than five years, you are allowed to withdraw the money with no penalties included. This could be a benefit and a good start for the new home you have been wanting. 


Stocks, bonds and individual funds   

You can choose where you want your investments to grow. Stocks, bonds and individual funds are part of what make investing in retirement planning a success for compound interest. Remember, it takes time, so the earlier the merrier. Nonetheless, this is completely worth it and you will feel good knowing you have control over how much potential you have for growth. 


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