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Every now and then it is important to take some time to inventory your retirement planning. If you own a Traditional IRA, for instance, you probably know your contributions may be tax deductible. Did you know that if you withdraw from that Traditional IRA early you must pay a 10% penalty in addition to income tax?
You’ve been planning your retirement for years: what you’re going to do, where you’re going to live, and how you’re going to pay for it. But knowing when it is time to retire can still be a very difficult decision. Here are a few questions to answer to help you decide if you are financially prepared to retire.
A financial plan is a document that helps you determine how you’ll achieve the goals you want from life, as well as how you’ll meet your future financial needs. A thorough financial plan looks at every aspect of how finances affect you and your family, covering issues such as retirement, education, housing, medical needs, insurance and luxuries. It examines your present situation, spells out your needs, and decides what steps will allow you to meet those needs. A good financial plan also gives you benchmarks to use as targets, so you’ll be able to tell how much progress you’ve made.