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401 K Retirement Plan

A 401 K retirement plan is a beneficial type of investment account that is often offered by employers to help their employees save for their retirement years. This type of plan allows employees to gain tax advantages for their investments, provided they do not make early withdrawals. Some employers even offer a matching plan in which they will invest a portion of money into their employees 401 K retirement plans which allows for added growth of retirement savings. Employees who take advantage of investing in 401 K retirement plan options are taking control of their financial futures by preparing in advance for their retirement years.

Though many companies no longer offer pension plan options for their workers, the 401 K retirement plan is often utilized by employers in place of pensions. Offering this type of account allows employers to invest in their valued employees by helping them to prepare for their futures. If you have access to a 401 K retirement plan, you will make a wise financial decision when you take advantage of all it has to offer when it comes to saving for your retired years. Putting a portion of each of your paychecks into your account will help you plan for your future with enough money to enjoy the life you want to live.

Benefits of the 401 K

When future retirees invest in 401 K plans, they are paying less in taxable income because savings that are set aside in this type of investment plan are allocated for retirement that occurs beyond age 59 1/2 years. [1] As the investments grow, the interest earned is not subjected to taxes until workers reach retirement age and begin to utilize the funds. Money that in saved in this type of comprehensive investment plan is divided among a variety of financial tools such as stocks and bonds. The investment tools that are selected depend on each investor's future financial goals and desired amount of risk.

Another benefit that is often available by employers who offer the 401 K retirement plan is contribution matching. For example, some companies may put 50 cents into an employee's 401 K for every dollar he or she invests up to a certain percentage. Though some employers offer very generous matching incentives while others only match a small amount or none at all, investing in a 401 K retirement plan is always a great way to grow your wealth in preparation for your future when you no longer depend on a work paycheck.

As you begin to put together a strategy that will lead to comfortable and financially-secure years long after you retire, you should talk to a qualified financial planner about investing in a 401 K retirement plan. Once you determine that your employer offers the valuable financial tool, you can use this website to find a licensed advisor in your area who can guide you setting up your account. Then you will be on your way to creating another source of income after you retire.

Utilizing a 401 K

Not taking advantage of a 401 K retirement plan that is offered by an employer is quite possibly the worst mistake that an employee who is planning to retire can make. Many individuals throughout the country do not have enough money set aside for their senior years. Those who fail to save and invest properly may find themselves unable to continue living the standards of life that they are used to living. However, putting as much money as possible into these tax protected accounts will help future retirees grow their savings so they can continue to afford the necessities and luxuries they enjoy.

A good way to begin to prepare is to determine how much money you can afford to save out of each paycheck. Even if you have to start with a small amount of money, that is better than forgoing investing altogether. As the years pass and you receive pay raises, a smart move is to continue to increase the amount that you put into your investment account each week or month. In addition, putting any bonuses you may receive into your account will make your savings grow even faster.

Saving for your future when you have completed your career may seem confusing, but you have options. If you have access to a 401 K retirement plan, allotting a portion of each of your paychecks into this type of investment account will help you one day reach the goals you have set for your retired years. With tax benefits, growth potential and possible matching funds from your employer, your savings will begin to work for you. Your 401 K investments will eventually provide another source of income that will be there for you when the time comes for you to retire.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/401(k) 1/5/2012

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