[Money Monday] When and how to start planning for your retirement

March 12, 2018 at 12:44 pm | Money Moves

Mildred Europa Taylor

Mildred Europa Taylor | Associate Editor

March 12, 2018 at 12:44 pm | Money Moves

Automated contributions up to a certain amount can be made from your paycheck each month — HighTower Advisors

Examine the retirement plans your employer offers

If you work in a company which has a retirement savings plan, check the offer your employer makes. Automated contributions up to a certain amount can be made from your paycheck each month. This is one of the easiest ways to start your retirement savings. But if your company does not have a retirement savings plan, you should consider saving somewhere else, with experts recommending an Individual Retirement Account (IRA). After choosing your preferred IRA, contact the bank or appropriate quarters to begin the process. It is advisable to look out for accounts without minimum contributions to enable you to enjoy the returns better. Alternatively, you could opt for a Roth IRA which allows your money to grow for decades without being taxed. Professionals say Roth IRAs are flexible as you can leave your money untouched for as long as you like.

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