Ways To Fund Your Retirement


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Retirement age might seem far off, but it will creep up on you if you are not careful. You might be young now, but you won’t want to work forever. To guarantee your financial security, you need to start planning for retirement. 
If you put enough into planning your retirement, you can do more than just ensure financial security – you could plan a retirement that is very comfortable and fulfilling. But what can you do to plan for the retirement you want?

Consider Your Wants and Needs

The first step in retirement planning is to set goals. You need to know where you are going if you want to get there. Start by considering the amount of money you will need to support yourself during retirement. When do you want to retire? What do you expect your monthly expenses to be? What type of lifestyle do you want to live during retirement? The answers to these questions will help you determine the amount of money you will need to fund your retirement.

Start Saving Early 

You need to start saving for retirement as early as possible. Even if you are just out of college, you need to recognize that retirement is expensive. Your retirement savings need to fund several years of your life. You also need to recognize the fact that many retirement accounts have limits on how much you can save per year or on the amounts that are eligible for tax benefits. The earlier you start saving, the easier it will be to fund your retirement, and the more you will be able to take advantage of retirement plans. 

Take Advantage of Employer Plans 

If your employer offers something like a 401(k), you should take advantage of it. The first reason is that these accounts allow you to save money before taxes. You can also set automatic contributions to make it easier for you to save for retirement without having to think about it or take any additional steps every month. Most employers will also offer matching contributions to help employees save more for retirement. 

Leverage Employer Match to the Limit  

Another point is to take full advantage of the employer matching contributions. If your employer is willing to match contributions to your retirement account, you should try to get as much out of that as possible. Investigate the plan to find out the cap on matching contributions. You should then adjust your contributions to meet the cap. That will help you get the most from the retirement account you have with your employer.

Diversify Your Retirement Savings

Having an employer 401(k) account will be a valuable retirement asset. With that said, you should try to diversify the ways you save and invest your retirement money. For example, you should look into opening different types of IRA accounts. You could even consider your own solo 401(k) account. If you have the time and knowledge, you could also invest some of the money yourself. You will need to learn about asset allocation and different strategies for meeting investment goals, but it can be worth it. 

Home Equity for Retirement

Owning a home is another way to provide yourself with a retirement asset. As you pay your mortgage, you will accrue equity in the property. The home will likely appreciate over the years as well. If you need additional retirement funds, something like a reverse mortgage could be a way to provide stability. A reverse mortgage is a way to tap the equity in a home without having to move out. You can also use a reverse mortgage calculator to get an idea of how much funding you could get. 

Plan to Delay Social Security

Social security will be a part of the plan for most people planning retirement. If you save enough and are smart about planning, you could retire early. However, it could be beneficial to wait before taking social security payments. The earliest you can receive payments is the age of 62. With that said, the payments will be reduced. For every year you wait (up until age 70), you can increase your benefit payments. If you start planning now, it will be easier to put off your social security payments. Waiting until you are 70 would be ideal, but you should try to wait as long as possible.

Planning retirement can be complicated, and it only gets harder the longer you wait. If you want to make sure you get the most from retirement, you might want to consult with a financial adviser. A professional will be able to help you understand the options you have and develop a strategy to get the most from your savings.

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