What’s Your Number?

The WSJ has this interesting article about retirement planning. What’s your number? The Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps clip features a Wall Street mogul replying with a smile to the young trader’s proverbial “how much is enough” question “more.”

In the WSJ article, Fidelity Investments suggests that folks should save “at least 8 times their final annual pay” for basic retirement living expenses. So if your final salary before retirement is $100,000 per year, you need $800,000 in your IRA or Roth IRA to retire. For younger workers, like myself, Fidelity says that by 35, aim for “an amount equal to your annual pay.” So if you earn $50,000 a year by 35, have $50,000 in your IRA. Fidelity says by 45, you want “three times your salary,” and “five times your salary by 55.” If you’re like me, those numbers are daunting, but it’s not too late to start saving and investing to enjoy your future with your family. After all, compound interest is the 8th wonder of the world. Harnessing the power of compound interest in your IRA or Roth IRA will explode your retirement savings as you go through life.

The WSJ article rightfully recommends “The more you make, the more you need to save, not just in dollars but as a multiple of your final salary.” Lifestyle and standards of living also matter – one person’s comfortable life is another’s posh lifestyle or “slumming it” for yet another person. You don’t have to only use an IRA or Roth IRA for your retirement – stocks, downsizing your house, and other options work fine too – but IRAs and Roth IRAs are among the most tax efficient investments for funding retirement, so you’ll be working less and making more, paying fewer taxes, getting more bang for your buck.

If you don’t have an IRA or Roth IRA, you’re letting a golden opportunity to save and invest money tax free for retirement slip away. If your employer matches your IRA contribution, contribute at least as much as your employer’s match amount. We work with a number of top retirement, insurance, and investment professionals around KC to provide holistic estate planning services for you and your family’s unique needs. If Johnson Law KC LLC can help you review or implement your estate plan, give us a call (913-707-9220) or email (steve@johnsonlawkc.com) at your convenience. We’d love to work with you no matter where you’re at in the process – young professional just getting started in life, mature worker plugging away at work and home, or retired couple trying to leave a legacy for the grandkids. You want our firm’s legal and business expertise on your team and you can rely on our 50 years of combined experience for all your legal needs.

(c) 2012, Stephen M. Johnson, Esq.

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