1. Invest for retirement right away by fully matching your employer’s retirement plan
- Explore the magic of compounding by calculating what would happen if you invested $10 a day ($3,650 a year) beginning at age 22, earning the market average of 7%.
- Be alarmed by what happens if you invest and earn the same amount but wait until you are 35 to begin to invest.
- Get motivated by the returns you would experience by contributing 5% of your income beginning at age 22, and benefiting from a matching contribution of an additional 5% of free money from your employer earning the market average of 7%. The free money match is the greatest advantage of a 401(k) or 403(b).
- Use this handy list of questions when interviewing financial planners. Above all, make sure your financial planner adheres to the fiduciary standard, legally binding them to put your best interest ahead of their own.
- To learn more, have a peek at the Department of Labor new job Entrants guide.
Lori Schock, Director, Office of Investor Education and Advocacy, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
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