How confident do you feel about your retirement? If you’re a little unsure, you’re not alone. The 2017 Retirement Confidence Survey shows that 30% of American workers feel stressed about preparing for retirement, and yet, they are not taking critical retirement-planning steps, like saving or even figuring out how much money they will need in retirement.
Not surprisingly, the study also showed that workers with access to an employer retirement plan will save more, and confidence increases. The key is to start. Do you have access to a retirement plan through your employer? Some investors start with a small percentage contribution and adjust it slowly with a goal of making the maximum contribution – over time.
If you do not have access to an employer retirement plan you still have options. You can make contributions to an Individual Retirement Account, also known as an IRA.
With a Traditional IRA, you can contribute up to $5,500 each year (or $6,500 if you’re over age 50) and your investments grow tax deferred.
Another option is a Roth IRA. These accounts have the same contribution limits as Traditional IRAs. And while contributions are not tax deductible, your investments grow tax-free.
Sometimes it seems easier to procrastinate when we have a hard decision, but don’t let this happen when planning for your retirement.
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