Tag: retirement savings

How Much Should You Save for Retirement?

Most financial experts stress how important it is to save for retirement. After all, you’ll likely want to stop working and enjoy your golden years at some point, but how can you do that without a nest egg waiting for you? One question you might have when putting money away every payday for that time in your life is how much you need to save. While the total can differ based on personal factors, here are some ways to figure out how much you might want to set aside.

Your Employer Doesn’t Offer a 401(k) — Now What?

If your employer doesn’t offer a 401(k) retirement plan, finding the best ways to save for your golden years might be challenging. Most companies don’t provide workers the option to participate in a plan, so preparing for the golden years typically falls to individuals. And no matter when you start, saving is still possible. Here are three effective ways to save for the future.

When and Why You Should Hire a Financial Advisor

Perhaps you’ve heard you should let your money work for you. Invest in this, save that amount. And while it’s tempting to hand everything over to someone else, the better option is to find a mentor to teach you the ins and outs of finance, so you stay in control with some expert advice in your corner.

5 Biggest Threats to Your Retirement

One day in the near or far future, you’re probably going to come to a point in your career when it’s time to leave your job and enjoy your golden years without strings. Unfortunately, not everyone plans that far ahead. Unfortunately, a few get stuck in pitfalls, leaving them in a tight spot when retirement time comes. Knowing what these snags are is the best way to navigate around them. While there may be other hazards, look out for these detours on your road to preparing for retirement.

How Old Is Too Old to Save Money for Retirement?

A recent study by OnePoll found that nearly half of the people surveyed thought there was an age when people were too old to start saving for retirement. While it’s true the longer you wait to save, the less you’ll be able to rely partially on compound interest to leap your wealth forward, it’s never too late to start saving for retirement. In fact, the best time to start for anyone of all ages is now.

How to Track Down a Lost 401(k)

Most individuals will change employers several times throughout their working years. It’s possible during those career shifts, workers will unwittingly leave behind retirement benefits accumulated over their tenure with the company. For that reason, it’s important to know how to track down long-forgotten 401(k) accounts. Luckily, there are steps you can take to reclaim the lost retirement account and roll it into your current 401(k) or another retirement account.

The Tax Credit Over Half of Americans Miss Out on

When Americans file their taxes each year, there may be a tax credit they could be missing. The Savers Credit used to be known as the Retirement Savings Contributions Credit, and it gives low to middle-income taxpayers a tax break each year, as long as they qualify. Beyond the qualifying factors, the credit is non-refundable, meaning it can only reduce a person’s tax liability but cannot contribute to a refund.