Retirement may be a long, long way off for you or it might be just around the corner. matter how near or far away it is, you have absolutely got to start saving for it right now. However, saving for retirement isn’t what it once was with the increase in the cost of living and the instability of social security. Nowadays, you have to invest for your retirement, as opposed to saving for it!
Let us start by taking a look at the retirement plan offered by your company. Once upon a time, these plans were quite reliable. However, after the Enron upset and all that followed, people aren’t as secure in their company retirement plans anymore. However, if you choose not to invest in your company’s retirement plan, you do have other options.
Firstly, you can invest in bonds, certificates of deposit, money market accounts, mutual funds and stocks in alphabetical order. You do not have to tell anybody that the returns on these investments are to be used for retirement fund. Just let your money grow over a period of time, and when your investment reaches its maturity date or value, reinvest it and continue to let your money grow.
You can also open an Individual Retirement Account (IRA). IRAs are very popular because the money is not taxed until you withdraw the funds. You may also be able to deduct your IRA payments from the taxes that you pay. An IRA can be opened at most larger banks.
A ROTH IRA is a much newer type of retirement account. With a ROTH IRA, you pay taxes on the money that you invest into your ROTH IRA account, but when you cash it in, no federal taxes are owed. Roth IRAs can also be opened at most of the larger financial institutions.
Another popular very kind of retirement account is the 401(k). 401(ks) are usually offered through employers, although you may be able to open a 401(k) on your own. You should speak with a financial planner or an accountant to help you decide whether this is right for you or not.
The Keogh scheme is another type of IRA which is more suited to self employed people. Self-employed small business owners may also be interested in Simplified Employee Pension Plans (SEP). This is another sort of Keogh scheme that some people typically find simpler to run than a regular Keogh plan.
Whichever retirement investment scheme you decide on, just make sure you do pick one! Again, do not depend on social security, company retirement plans, or even an inheritance which may or may not happen! Take care of your financial future by investing in one type of investment today.