Are you paying your future you enough? They always say “Save as often as you can!” and “The earlier the better”.

If your company does not offer a retirement savings plan, here is an ideal option to keep the ball rolling:

  • A traditional IRA is a tax-advantaged savings account that is used to prepare for retirement. It’s the IRS’s way of encouraging everyone to save for their golden years.
  • You can deduct traditional IRA contributions and postpone taxes until you withdraw that money in retirement. In short, your money grows tax deferred (if you choose a traditional IRA) and, with the beauty of compounding interest, it grows even more!
  • The IRA contribution limit is established each year by the IRS and increases if you are over 50.  If you need to withdraw money before you turn 59 ½ you’ll be penalized and taxed. This makes it more expensive to “use” your savings for anything other than an emergency. After a certain age, the government requires you to take a mandatory distribution.

Talk to a Registered Investment Advisor or open an account with a financial institution. To keep it simple, set up a recurring deposit to your IRA account to max out the contribution limit and put your money to work! Your future self will thank you!