Starting down the road to smart retirement planning

California residents may be interested in ways to get started with saving for retirement. There are many issues that go into balanced retirement planning that can change depending on the person’s individual financial situation.

While the person is still working, a 401(k) with a balanced investment strategy can be used to save these retirement funds. The particular mix of investments is dictated by the age and retirement goals of the investor. Money that is in a 401(k) can be rolled over into an IRA after the person stops working. There are two types of these retirement accounts, a traditional IRA and a Roth IRA. The traditional IRA is taxed when the money is distributed, because money is put into it pre-tax. The Roth IRA, on the other hand, is paid into with after-tax earnings. This means that the funds are not taxable when withdrawn. However, any deposits into the account must be kept for five years before withdrawal.

Where to live during retirement is an important factor in how much needs to be saved, so relocating to a place where the cost of living is lower could help. Additionally, if any chronic medical conditions are present, the cost of prescription drugs and medical care needs to be added. Life and disability insurance are also costs that should be included and planned for. Next, credit card and other debts should be aggressively paid down.

Because of these various factors, serious planning needs to be done to ensure a comfortable retirement. An attorney who has experience in elder law and financial planning may be able to help in this regard. The attorney may be able to assess the person’s financial situation and help set up a retirement plan that can protect against financial exploitation by others.

Source: FOX Business, “It’s Time to Get Your Retirement Plan in Gear“, Casey Dowd, July 02, 2014

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