Have you considered socking away money for retirement in an IRA? If so, do you know which kind of individual retirement account is right for you – i.e. traditional or Roth? David Young explains the basics of both the traditional IRA and Roth IRA, and helps you where to put your savings.
Savings & Retirement
How much of your income should you be saving? A common rule of thumb answer used to be that 10 percent of income should go into savings. But 10 percent doesn’t really cut it anymore. Certified Financial Planner John D. Buerger explains what the new rule of thumb is and how to hit that target.
Lots of people think, “If only I made more money, I could save more.” The truth is, saving money doesn’t have much to do with your income. It’s true that someone living in poverty will not be able to save as much as someone earning $50,000 a year. But if you have a regular middle class income, the most important factors in helping you save money are your own dedication, discipline and sense of intention in saving. You can save more by deciding to save more.
We’re all aware of inspiring adages such as, “Follow your dreams and the money will follow,” or, “Anything you can imagine, you can do,” or, “Reach for the highest star.” While it is important to have hope and inspiration to achieve as much as you can, a problem may arise if dreaming of achieving distant goals becomes a form of avoidance and procrastination. Yes, you still can write that novel that Hollywood will buy for an insane amount of money. And, yes, you can still start that wevbsite that generates millions. Keep working at it, but also make sure you also have a realistic view – and plan – for your future
Learn more about some of the great financial tools offered inside of Quizzle, including SmartyPig, an online “piggy bank” that helps people save for specific goals like a wedding, vacation, car, a down payment on a new home, home improvement or other “big ticket” expenses.
To achieve your own retirement dreams later in life, it helps to have an idea of what your situation might ideally look like in retirement so you can plan ahead and make sure your retirement years are secure. Certified Financial Planner Heidi Davis explains.
When you take that first leap toward financial independence, it can be rather overwhelming. People start throwing abbreviations at you like FICO and IRA, and you may often be left scratching your head. Don’t worry! With these five easy steps, you’ll be well on your way to financial success.
Should you fund your retirement plan (401(k), IRA and Roth IRA), or not? Which plan? How much? As a Certified Financial Planner, these are the most common questions I am asked by clients, workshop and webinar attendees. Ask three people and you’ll probably get three different answers. Here’s my answer (and it is sure to be different as well).
If you’re fortunate enough to receive a tax refund this year, you may be interested in stashing that money somewhere safe where it can grow. A US Series I Savings bond is considered by many to be a conservative investment for several reasons. Find out what perks the IRS is offering to put your tax refund into savings bonds, what the benefits of these investments are and if they’re right for you and your money.
You’ve worked hard for a lot of years and the day has finally arrived. Your office mates threw you a party. You packed up your belongings. And you drove away from work for the last time. You did it. You retired. For many people, retirement means freedom. And while retirement does bring some freedoms, some restrictions come with it, too. In order to manage your money well after retirement, you will need to find a good balance between the freedoms and restrictions.
It’s one of the fundamental rules of financial planning: you must save for retirement. But what is the best way to do it? Most people have access to a “defined contribution” retirement savings plan through their employers, like a 401(k). Here’s what it is, if you should contribute to one and other retirement savings options.