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Do You Plan For Your Retirement Needs? Let's Look At The Details

May 29, 2008
When you start to plan for your retirement this process deserves your total attention and should not be done on a rainy afternoon. There are some things you need to keep in mind when you start planning and some of those is what we will discuss later on.

First things first

Every retirement planning should start with an assessment of your life. You can hire a professional to help you out with this part of the planning or you could do it yourself, the main purpose in this first phase, is to find out how much money is coming in and how much is going out each month. The goal in the end would be that you will be able to save an amount for later on in your life.

You shouldn't think to lightly about this fist step, a large part of the population of this world is spending more money then there is coming in and because of this they are always in debt. We all know that the only way to reverse this is to stop spending so much each month and at least go back to not spending more then there is coming in.

The specifics

Keep paying attention to your plan, even if the task at hand seems simple, stay focused. A very important step in you plan will be your decision for the retirement plan itself. There are several retirement plans that you can choose from but the IRA type of plan are the ones that are most rewarding. There are two IRA types that are the major players at the moment, they are the traditional and the Roth IRA plan. At first glance you might think that these plans are very similar but when you look at them closer you will see that there are big differences, each with their advantages and disadvantages.

IRA the Traditional way

With a traditional IRA retirement plan you enjoy a tax deduction over the contributions you make for your retirement. You are responsible for making the contributions in the plan and for deducting it from you gross income for the year that you made these contributions on your federal tax return.

IRA the Roth way

The Roth IRA retirement plan can be more rewarding in the way that your employer helps you out by making a contribution as well. Others would say that this is a disadvantage because only someone with a normal job and an employer who is willing to work with this kind of plan can benefit from the Roth IRA. A self employed person or contractor can not use this plan.

In the end it is your choice, even if you are employed and your boss helps out with a Roth IRA you can choose not to join that plan but start with a personal and traditional IRA.

There are of course more steps involved in planning your retirement but you can see now that by taking the time and putting some effort in you can plan how you will be spending those golden days in the way that you want to and with the amount of money that you want to.
About the Author
John Chomsky worked as a consultant helping other people plan for their retirement. Almost forgetting his own. Take a look at his website if you want to find out more about retirement planning guides-asset allocation or teaching retirement planning to executives .
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