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15Oct2011

Save for Retirement Week Promotes Lifelong Security

When it comes to saving for retirement, there is never a better time than today to assess your prospects toward meeting your goals. And with our nation’s leaders declaring Oct. 16 through Oct. 22 as National Save for Retirement Week, you have a great opportunity.

National Save for Retirement Week is the first congressionally endorsed, national event formally calling on all employees to take full advantage of employer-sponsored retirement plans.

Experts predict that retirees will need from 80 percent to 100 percent of their pre-retirement income to maintain their lifestyle after retirement. Yet, surveys show that most Americans remain unprepared for retirement.

Many workers already participate in company sponsored retirement plans, which provide a foundation for retirement saving. And many workers will also be eligible for Social Security benefits at retirement age.

But, for many, that won’t be enough. They will need to add additional retirement savings in order to live comfortably and securely during their retirement years – to fulfill their dreams.

For many Americans today it is important to begin saving for retirement – or increasing contributions to meet their goals. National Save for Retirement Week is dedicated to showing how important it is meet retirement objectives by contributing regularly and investing wisely for the long term.

Here are a few simple examples of what it takes to prepare for when it’s time to retire:

  • Save just $10 per week in a deferred compensation plan for 40 years and earn an average rate of return of 7 percent, and you will have an account with over $100,000. That just shows the power of tax-deferred savings.
  • If you start a little later, don’t be discouraged. You can still save more than $73,000, by setting aside $60 a month in a tax-deferred savings account for 30 years and at a 7 percent return.
  • If you are saving now, and you increase your contributions, you can really make a difference in your final total. Over 30 years, adding $25 to your $100 biweekly contribution can increase your account from $264,327 to more than $330,409, assuming you earn 7 percent.
  • Saver’s Credit. Sometimes saving seems really hard, especially if your income is limited. The government has a special Saver’s Credit just for you. If you are eligible, you can actually receive money back when you file your tax return.

There are many resources available on the Internet to provide you with the information you need to plan for retirement. Here are a few sites that will help you get started:

  • http://www.ssa.gov/ – Social Security Administration – You will find calculators to determine what your benefit will be, information on how to apply for benefits and other information about the government retirement system.
  • http://www.asec.org/ –American Savings Education Council – A useful calculator helps you estimate how much you need to save to meet your retirement goals as well as a number of savings tips and useful brochures.

If you need assistance planning for your retirement, please give our office a call. We will be happy to help you as you plan for your future.

  • 15 Oct, 2011
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