Saving for retirement can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Finding reasons not to contribute to your retirement plan will hurt you in the future.

Do any of these excuses sound familiar?

If You ThinkThen Consider
“I don’t make enough money.”Tax savings. Your contribution is taken out before taxes, so the amount you pay taxes on is lower.
“I’m too young to worry about it right now; time is on my side.”The magic of compounding. When you give your money more time to accumulate, the earnings on your investments—and the annual compounding of those earnings—can make a big difference in your final return.
“I’m too old, it’s too late.”It’s never too late. If you’re 50 years old or older, you can contribute a catch-up deferral of up to $6,000 for 2015. You still have time to put your money to work for you.
“Stocks, bonds it’s too confusing!”There is an easier way! Your plan may have the option to invest your money in a “pre-set” asset allocation or lifestyle model that takes into account your expected retirement date or age. It’s a “set it and forget it” approach and works well for the less sophisticated investor.
“I’ll still have my Social Security.”Don’t count on it. A dwindling workforce means fewer tax dollars down the road. In just a few years there will be two workers per every one retiree.
“I just don’t know how to get started.”Help is available. Understanding how to begin saving for retirement might be overwhelming, but it’s easier than you think. Contact Human Resources for an enrollment form or call our retirement plan consultant, Rathbone Warwick Investment Management at 208-297-5445 for more information.

Stop finding reasons not to contribute to your Retirement Plan.

 

For more information about how you can save for retirement, contact your plan advisor. The “Retirement Times” is published monthly by Retirement Plan Advisory Group’s Marketing team. This material is intended for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice and is not intended to replace the advice of a qualified attorney, tax adviser, investment professional or insurance agent. (c) 2015. Retirement Plan Advisory Group. ACR#14537D 06/15