Retirement - Getting On Track At Any Age
Posted: June 16, 2015
Written by James Lander
Source: America Saves
The path to retirement is filled with unexpected detours, but with persistence, planning, and a pledge to help motivate you to save towards your goals; you can go a long way toward building financial security. It’s never too late to start saving towards retirement.
By setting some realistic goals, creating a plan, and establishing an automatic payroll allotment, you can build a nice little nest egg that can help you live a more comfortable retirement. Regardless of when you start, certain strategies can increase your odds that you'll achieve your retirement goal:
- Live within your means.
- Save through a Roth IRA.
- Review asset allocation annually and make adjustments as needed.
- Do not borrow against your retirement savings.
Relying on credit cards is not living within your means. When you plan your spending, try not to rely on credit cards as a way to make ends meet. Read more: Saving on a budget – Reduce High-Cost Debt.
If you are a saver in your 20s, it is recommended you start saving for your retirement early; you have many years to weather short-term market fluctuations and to gain the maximum benefit from the power of compounding. In your 30s, recommendations include saving 10 to 15 percent of your pre-tax income in tax-deferred retirement plan.
If you are a saver in your 40s, creating a spending plan to manage expenses and save for retirement should be a priority. In addition to utilizing similar strategies of younger savers, you should also review your estate plans and update beneficiaries on life insurance policies and retirement accounts. For those who are over 50 years young, there are a few options to make up the difference if savings fall short of retirement goals: continuing to work and save, reduce your income goal, consider a diversified portfolio.
By utilizing a disciplined savings strategy, you can make a significant contribution to your retirement fund.