3 Simple Steps to Help You Care for Your Retirement PlanSubmitted by JMB Financial Managers on December 16th, 2019
Qualified retirement plans are valuable investment tools. The money you put in them grows tax deferred until it is withdrawn at the time of your retirement and contributions to a 401(k) plan actually reduce your taxable income.
But figuring out how to get the most from your retirement plan can be confusing, particularly during times of financial uncertainty. Here are three tips to help you make these types of important decisions and care for your retirement plan:
1. Keep a Portion of Your Holdings in Stocks
In spite of volatility, the stock market remains one of the best places for you to invest your money, especially if you’re working to achieve long-term goals. Retirement planning is a long-term proposition and your funds can ride out the storm.
Since most qualified plans are funded by automatic payroll deductions, they also achieve dollar cost averaging. Dollar cost averaging can take some of the sting out of a descending market. Such a plan does not assure a profit and does not protect against a loss in declining markets.
2. Adopt a Diversification Strategy
Most 401(k) plans have an array of investment choices available which it makes it easier to put into practice a risk management practice known as diversification. Diversification is a basic principle of investing that helps you reduce your exposure to risk by spreading your holdings among several different investments. This practice lessens your potential loss in any one investment. You can use this same method for the assets in your retirement plan.
3. Regularly Review Your Plan’s Performance
It is always good practice to regularly review your plan’s overall performance and make adjustments as needed. You’re likely to have the ability to shift assets from one fund to another within your plan. Use this to your advantage and change your investment strategies to match the changes you’re seeing in the markets.
Secure A Comfortable Retirement
Outside of the three tips above there are many other ways to care for your plan and secure a comfortable retirement for yourself. It is always important to take advantage of employer matching (it’s basically free money) if it’s available and educate yourself on the tax deductions available to those who contribute to their plans.
We’re here to help you save for retirement. If you’d like to learn more about implementing the tips above to match your situation, schedule a free consultation with us today.