Getting an early start
If you're in your 20s, you’re in luck. Starting early and contributing as much as possible to employer-sponsored retirement plans and IRAs may help you to potentially accumulate more money. Why? Because investing in these tax-advantaged accounts means your money will work harder for you.
Even if you invest a relatively small amount on a regular basis, you may still be able to pursue large goals over time thanks to the power of compounding.
Assume that your investments earn 8% annually. If you invest $2,000 a year from age 25 to 35 ($20,000 in all) and then stop completely, you could accumulate $315,000 by age 65. But if you wait until age 35 and invest $2,000 a year for 30 years ($60,000), you'd accumulate just $245,000 by age 65.1
Procrastination has been called the thief of time. Don't let it rob you of a more secure financial future – start investing as early and often as you can.
Retirement planning basics
1 These hypothetical examples assume an 8% annual interest rate compounded monthly. Hypothetical results are for illustrative purposes only and are not indicative of the performance of any particular investment or financial product. Your results will vary.
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