The full retirement age in the United States is 66 years and two months. When you choose to leave the workforce by this age, you gain access to all the benefits that the country has to offer to retirees. These benefits include 100% access to your social security fund. But how much you can get out of your social security fund varies. Depending on the age you retire, you might get more or less out of it.
For instance, retiring at 70 years old gives your social security fund to grow. By the time you retire at that particular age, your social security fund has increased by 32%. Many hardworking citizens would aim to have this during the rest of their retired life. However, there are some things you can do today that will benefit your retirement in the future.
In some cases, the funds we can get from our social security isn’t enough. Some Americans worry about the current social security system. From computations done by experts, what you can get out from your fund is barely enough to sustain you once you retire, and that’s only if you rely on pure necessities to live.
This means that you can’t afford any luxuries, trips, or any items that you might have wanted before. So if you’re planning to only survive your retirement years, then you should have enough. However, if you want something more once you retire, then you should consider making some investments as early as now.
401(k) and Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs)
At this point, you might be wondering where you should invest your money for retirement. Thankfully, the government provides two safe options for your retirement fund. These two are the 401 (k) plan and Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs).
Your employer offers 401 (k) plans, so make sure to check with them regarding what kind of plan you might have. Essentially, 401 (k) plans are part of the defined-contribution plan category. Both you and your employer can contribute to this account with a given limit. You can choose to invest in many offerings in these plans, such as mutual bonds or stocks. When the time for retirement comes, your 401 (k) plan would have grown with you, so you can have this investment alongside your social security fund.
Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs), on the other hand, are much like having a savings account with the tax. This particular account can help you grow your money without the fear of ever losing it due to changes in the market. You can choose to withdraw from this account once you’ve reached 60 years old. You can also choose to let it grow by not withdrawing from it once you’ve reached that age.
These two retirement accounts are great investments that can go alongside your social security fund. This makes sure that you have more than enough to live your retirement life happily. If you want to add more to your investments, you can choose other offerings from this list.
Stocks, Gold, and Mutual Bonds
So aside from the investments we have mentioned earlier, you can make your own private investments to supplement your financials once you’ve retired. You can opt to invest in stocks, specifically index funds, as they are the most stable. You can also invest in gold if you can afford it because they are easy to liquidate. Lastly, you can look into mutual bonds, which are great investments but quite risky compared to the others on this list.
Having a financial advisor to look into these accounts is essential so you can get the best out of them when you retire.
A Place To Live
With retirement in mind, you should start to look for a place to live starting now. You can’t just consider living the rest of your life in your family home because, as a senior, you’re going to need some help. And sometimes your family members aren’t going to be there to help you out. Ultimately, you should look for assisted-living services within your area. This particular service can ensure that you won’t live the rest of your life alone. It can also help you take the medicine you need or have someone watch over the meal you eat. Having these services can help you live out your retirement years healthily and actively.
Retirement can be a scary thought for most Americans. However, it is inevitable. You should prepare for it as early as now. There are many investment options for your investment. Some of these options can also be reasonably cheap. Additionally, looking for a place to live once you retire should also be one of your main priorities. By doing these things, you can rest easy knowing that you have the funds and a place to go to once you’ve retired.
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