Saving for Retirement
Tips on Saving for Retirement – While these tips are helpful, there are numerous factors that come into play when planning for retirement. Make sure you ask questions, lots of questions, and most importantly make sure you understand the answers.
The sooner you start saving, the more time your money has to grow. Check out the chart that illustrates how big of an impact early savings habits can have. Remember, it’s never too early or too late to start saving.
Start Saving Early – This hypothetical example illustrates your savings growth based on saving $5,000 every year with an interest yield of 7% annually.
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Social Security Overview – Knowing when and how to claim your Social Security retirement benefits can be confusing and sometimes overwhelming. Make sure you ask questions and more importantly, make sure you understand the answers.
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If you retire prior to age 62, just make sure you have enough retirement income to cover the years before your benefits kick in.
The full retirement age varies based on when you were born. The full retirement age used to be 65, but in 1983 Congress voted to raise the age to 67 for individuals born in 1960 or later. To find out your full retirement age visit http://www.ssa.gov/retire2/retirechart.htm
As a general rule, early or late retirement will give you about the same total Social Security benefits over your lifetime.
If you retire early, the monthly benefit amounts will be smaller to take into account the longer period you will receive them. If you retire late, you will get benefits for a shorter period of time but the monthly amounts will be larger to make up for the months when you did not receive anything.
There are advantages and disadvantages to taking your benefit before your full retirement age. The advantage is that you collect benefits for a longer period of time. The disadvantage is your benefit is reduced.
You can also estimate your benefit amount by using the Social Security Administrations calculator. You can access this at: http://www.socialsecurity.gov/retire2/estimator.htm
Keep in mind, that the younger you are, the less accurate your estimate will be, because your future earnings will play an important role