The time to begin planning for your financial future is now. So, when it comes to preparing for retirement, the earlier you start, the better.
A Checklist for Your Retirement Planning
Remember, it is never too early to start planning for your future
Here are some steps to help you achieve your overall objectives:
1. Take an Honest Look
Review your current financial situation by assessing your income and assets versus your expenses and liabilities.
2. Build Your Financial Future One Drop At The Time
At first, determine a realistic amount to contribute regularly to your employer-sponsored qualified retirement plan, e.g., a 401(k) plan. Over time, try to maximize allowable contributions to your savings plan and take advantage of the company match, if offered.
3. Contribute to your IRA
In 2021, you can contribute up to $6,000 into a traditional Individual Retirement Account (IRA) or Roth IRA. If you are age 50 or older, you can contribute an additional $1,000. Depending on your participation in other qualified plans, contributions to a traditional IRA may be tax-deductible. Earnings for both traditional and Roth IRAs have the potential to grow on a tax-deferred basis.
4. Work toward reducing your debt.
Pay off large bills as soon as possible. Curb your spending to avoid taking on any new debt that could carry over into retirement.
5. Be Prepared
Consult with a qualified professional about your life, health, and disability income insurance policies to determine the amount of coverage for your current and future needs.
6. Know your Income Source
Find out how much you can expect to receive in retirement from pension plans, veterans’ benefits, or Social Security. To get an estimate on your future Social Security benefits, visit www.socialsecurity.gov.
7. Life Change and so Our Needs
Analyze which expenses are likely to decrease after you retire (clothing, commuting, etc.) and which are likely to increase (medical, travel, etc.), and plan accordingly.
If you adhere to your checklist, you may see your savings increase as you get closer to reaching your retirement income goals.
Remember, it is never too early to start planning for your future.
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