Building Wealth For Your Retirement

Planning ahead for your retirement and practicing good money management now will ensure that you sustain the same quality of life in your golden years. Whether you’ve just graduated from college or are married with young children, there’s no better time than the present to build your wealth.

Maintaining a Good Credit Score

There are many financial benefits to maintaining a good credit score. You can get a home or a car loan or a small loan for your business at the best interest rates available, secure the best insurance companies, get premier credit cards and eliminate the need for placing a deposit on things like your utilities. Having a good credit score allows you to spend less and gain more. If your score is not as high as it needs to be, now is the time to address the problems.

Retirement Savings Accounts

Many companies offer a complete benefits package to their employee’s that includes a pension plan as an incentive to keep good candidates.  A 401K is one of the retirement accounts wherein the employer contributes a small amount each year, generally around 3 percent, and many of these companies also give you the option of matching the contribution. The sooner you enroll the more time you have to accumulate money for your retirement. As an added bonus, you can, if needed, borrow against a 401K up to a certain amount of the invested funds and use it to put a down payment on a home. The repayment comes out of your paycheck and the interest added to the loan comes back to you in your retirement. If you are self-employed you can open your own retirement account such as a Roth IRA and contribute to it annually.

Owning a Home

Owning a home not only affords you privacy, but it can also prove to be a smart investment. If you maintain it over the years, once you pay off the mortgage you own the home, free and clear. While there are no guarantees that the value will increase, unlike renting where you achieve nothing for your payments, if you decide to sell it, the money you make is yours and you can use it to live comfortably in your golden years.

Keep Debt in Check

Having some debt is unavoidable. However, taking on too much debt can prevent you from saving money. The interest alone on having several credits cards, a car loan and a mortgage can add up quickly. Start now to reduce your debt so that you can free up money to tuck away for your retirement. A good place to begin is to apply for a credit card that offers balance transfers interest-free for a period of time. This way you can consolidate several payments into one and pay down your debt without adding additional fees.

Many people live full active lives well into their 80s. The sooner you start saving money for your retirement, the brighter your retirement is sure to be. The good news is that there are many ways to begin, and in no time at all, you’ll start to see your accounts grow and your debt dwindle.

Jerry Kirkham is an investment professional, and like every investment professional, he makes mistakes. Jerry encourages you to do your own independent "due diligence" on any idea that he talks about, because he could be wrong. Nothing written here, at Essential Savings, or anywhere else Jerry may write is an invitation to buy or sell any particular security; at most, Jerry is handing out educated guesses as to what the markets may do.