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Frequently Asked Questions About Retirement Planning

by Caldwell Trust

Planning for your retirement is very important. You don't want to have to worry about how you are going to pay for things when you are trying to enjoy this part of your life. However, the truth is that most people aren't ready for their future. In fact, many have to get a part-time job in order to pay their bills.


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If you are serious about planning for your future, here are some of the most commonly asked questions that you may be wondering about.


How much money do I need to retire?

If you are serious about being prepared for your retirement, it is important that you know how much you will need. However, this isn't always an easy question to answer.


Some people have worked hard all their lives and saved a lot of money. They may be able to comfortably live off of their retirement. However, some people are used to spending more money. They know that they won't be able to live off of their retirement fund because they want to be able to do everything that they have always wanted!


Here are four steps to help you estimate your needs once you retire.  It can help you figure out where to start.


When should I start saving for retirement?

Though retirement may feel a long way off, the longer that you have to save, the better off you will be. If you can start saving for your retirement as soon as you get your first job, you are going to be better off than someone who doesn't worry about it until they are close to retirement age.


However, that being said, it is never too late to add to your retirement fund and add that into your future financial plans. Even if you only have a few years to save, it is better than not saving at all!


As a business owner, what is the advantage for me to start a retirement plan for my business?

The main advantage of starting a retirement plan for your business is that you are starting to think about the future. If your business is doing well, you can really start to save money for the future so you will be able to retire when you want to.


Even better, this money is taken out pre-tax so you won't have to pay taxes on it.

If you have employees, you can make sure that they are also starting to think about the future. Most people don't think enough about their future, so they don't save any more than they would get through their employer. If you don't do anything, they aren't going to be very prepared.


What are the most popular retirement plans?

The most common plan is the 401(k). This is an employer-sponsored plan where employees can add money to the plan. Many employers match this amount so that their employees are even more prepared for the future. If you own a non-profit, this plan is called a 403(b).


There is also a profit sharing plan where employers can add money every year, depending on how well the business is doing.


Though it isn't as common, some employers still give pensions to their employees to aid them through their retirement years.


If you are an individual or you just want to grow your retirement funds without going through your business, you may want to look into a Traditional or Roth IRA.


By learning as much as you can about retirement funds, you are going to be better prepared for your future. You should figure out how much money you might need, so you have a place to start. Then, start saving and saving so that you can enjoy your retirement years.

Contact us to make sure that you are as prepared as you can be for your retirement.

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