It pays to start now. And when you invest through a tax-advantaged retirement account, any earnings can compound tax-deferred until you're ready to withdraw the money.
Set a goal
You’ll probably need to replace 75% of your preretirement income to maintain your lifestyle through your retirement years. So your savings could be a significant source of income.
Aim to save at least 15% of your income each year toward retirement. And be sure to take full advantage of any company match. It counts toward that 15% goal. Use the Retirement Income Calculator to estimate how much you'll need.
The order in which you contribute to your retirement accounts can help increase your future spendable income.
Behind in saving
It’s easy to fall behind on saving for retirement. If you’re age 50 or over, catch-up contributions are a great way to make up for gaps in your savings history. For 2017 and 2018, you can contribute up to $6,000 more to a workplace account or up to $1,000 more to an IRA.
No employer savings plan
If you don’t have a retirement plan through work, consider an IRA. If you’re self-employed or own a small business, there are several tax-advantaged options that let you set aside a percentage of your income.
Everyday life competes with saving for retirement. Three ways to make it a top priority: Set up automatic payroll deductions. Build an emergency fund equal to three to six month of expenses. Start college savings only after you’re well funded for retirement.
When deciding how to invest, consider your time horizon and risk tolerance. If your time horizon is more than 10 years, you may want to consider investments that offer potential for growth. We’re always here to help you understand which investments can help you reach your goals.
Consider a fund that offers a single diversified portfolio professionally managed to a specific retirement date. Our target date funds are designed to help investors meet changing financial needs as they save for, approach, and live in retirement.
You may prefer to build your own portfolio by choosing from our extensive list of 130 no-load mutual funds for retirement investing.
No matter what path you choose, invest in a mix of different types of investments, such as stocks and bonds, that’s appropriate for your time horizon. Need a guide? Our asset allocation models can help.
As you save and invest for retirement, continue to evaluate your portfolio periodically. Contributing even 1% or 2% more each year to your 401(k) or IRA can make a big difference. These resources can help.
All investments are subject to market risk, including the possible loss of principal. Diversification cannot assure a profit or protect against loss in a declining market.
The principal value of the target date strategies is not guaranteed at any time, including at or after the target date.
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