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Retirement: When Should You Start Planning For It?


Retirement – such a contentious subject.


It is all about financial security; how comfortable do you want to be in your elderly years? So, when should you begin saving for your retirement? Consider this: You are planning for a big purchase of either a car or a home, and you start accumulating money in your bank or choose a high-return investment that you are confident will give you some returns. In such a scenario, you are collecting your wealth for a better future, and considering the time value of money, the advantages you received five years ago wouldn't be the same with what you are getting now. Retirement: When Should You Start Planning For It?


Retirement benefits operate on the same principle. You get what you've saved plus some interest. If you aren't certain on when to start, the simple answer is – now. You might end up amassing a fantastic sum of money that will secure your financial status in the future.


How Should You Save Your Retirement Money?


Financial experts recommend that you surrender 10% to 15% of your pretax income towards your annual retirement. High-income earners can settle on the top range, but for low-income earners, the lower 10% is sufficient enough. Although the percentage is manageable in a lot of circumstances, your capability and limitations are also determined by numerous known and unknown factors. Utilize the following steps to figure out the money you can afford to put aside for retirement:


 -Figure out your future income needs: Since you are not an accountant or a financial specialist, getting down to the actual figure would cost you a lot. The best option here is to hire a specialist to calculate the amount for you.


 -Utilize an online retirement calculator: There are very many platforms that you can utilize to get an estimate of what you ought to save for your retirement. Of course, you have to put all variables correctly to arrive at the most suitable figure.


 -Do a regular analysis: Circumstances always change, and you shouldn't be comfortable with your first projection. Ensure that you adjust as you progress.


Unfortunately, it's tough actually to know if you are saving enough money. You can perform all calculations, but considering the complex variables, change is inevitable. Aim at the highest target and don't overwhelm yourself. What is the best place to put the retirement money? A tax-favored retirement account is your best bet. Utilize an individual retirement account (IRA) and 401(k)s. If you place your retirement money in these accounts, your contributed amounts are entirely tax-free. You only pay tax when you withdraw.


Can You Invest the Money?


 Although your cash can accumulate interest over the years, if there is another opportunity for increasing your income why not take advantage? A checkbook IRA is an arrangement that gives the holder of the account (investor) authority to write checks utilizing the IRA's cash. This means that you have direct access to your retirement funds. For you to gain these rights, you have to establish a self-directed IRA LLC. Considering the LLC is a business entity, it can create a checking account to facilitate its transactions. This is an excellent opportunity for people saving on retirement, and it gives them investment freedom.


There are other viable investment options like stocks that possess the potential of offering huge returns over an extended period. Considering your retirement savings are solely intended for your later years it is one of the best opportunities to earn some significant profits.


 What About Social Security?


 Well, when you retire, your social security will still be accessible, but chances are, after tax deduction and other expenses, the amount would be barely enough. This means that if you only rely on your social security, you'll have to look for another source of income to cater for the shortfall.


Making the most out of your early years is one of the most intelligent ways to ascertain that you achieve your retirement goals. Don't worry, if you haven't started yet, you can save more to recover the time lost. No matter your present age, it is always better to start now instead of procrastinating.


Brett Clawson is a business owner and entrepreneur with over 10 years of experience. In his free time, he enjoys writing and learning about emerging business trends.

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