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There’s a lot to think about when planning for retirement. And, of course, the earlier you get started, the better. Below are a few tips to get you on the right track.

Contribute to your employer’s retirement savings plan.
If you work for a company that offers a savings plan, such as a 401(k), contribute as much as you can. It is wise to contribute at least the full amount the company will match. Make sure to find out when you are fully vested as well.

Categories: Planning, Retirement

More and more retirees continue to work or start new careers during retirement. Whether it’s a part time job or volunteering, working during retirement can be very rewarding.

How many retirement accounts do you have? If you've changed jobs a few times over the years, you could have several accounts housed in different employers' plans.

Categories: Planning, Retirement

When most people think of retirement, they conjure up images of around-the-clock vacationing on white sandy beaches. While for a select few, this may be the case, but for most, whether for financial, logistic, or personal reasons, this just isn’t what retirement looks like. However, vacations are an important part of anyone’s life. Here are a few tips for retirees who are planning a vacation on a budget.

Categories: Planning, Retirement

Calculating a retirement savings goal is one of the most important steps investors can take to help determine if they are on pace to meet that goal. However, less than half of American workers have tried to figure out how much money they will need to accumulate for retirement, and the wide majority of these individuals admit that they either guessed or did their own calculations. What about you?

Categories: Planning, Retirement

Deciding whether to remain in your current home, downsize to a smaller home, rent, or move to a retirement community is a hard decision but one that will need to be made around retirement. Weighing the pros and cons of owning and renting will help you determine which is best for your situation.

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.

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