Retirement Basics

No matter what business you’re in, you know you have to take your retirement seriously. You may be putting 15% of your paycheck away to save for the days when you no longer have to work, but do you really know what that money is doing? If you only have one option chosen to invest your retirement in or don’t know what your future plan will be, check out these retirement basics.  

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Annuities 

An annuity is a large investment that will have a guaranteed steady payout when you retire. You may choose to put money into fixed deferred annuities. These function like a saving account with a fixed interest rate. If you are closer to retirement age, though, an immediate annuity that lets you take payments soon after an account is opened may be the better choice. 

401K Plans 

Most people working in the private sector already have a 401K setup and regularly contribute. These allow tax-free income to be set aside and invested to grow into a fund that is distributed in payments upon retirement. Most employers will contribute or match an employee’s contributions after a certain length of employment. 401K plans can also function as a savings account that can be drawn from in times of emergency, though whatever is withdrawn will be taxed before distribution. 

Real Estate 

Investing in real estate is a fantastic way to maintain a steady income for the future, or even for the present. It is important to make sure, though, that any leans on the property are covered as well as potential maintenance costs. 

Preparing for the future is vital to everyone. There are many avenues to evaluate when setting up a retirement portfolio. Having a diverse and strong retirement plan is the best way to ensure you are taken care of when you are ready to retire. Check with a retirement specialist or investor to secure a solid plan for your financial life after employment.