Every financial success story starts with a good plan.
Managing your money takes intention.
Starting early is the best way to maximize your retirement investments, but planning isn’t always as straightforward as it sounds. Our agents have dedicated their careers to helping people from all walks of life cut through the confusion. If you feel overwhelmed, know that you aren’t alone.
Whatever your situation, we’re here to help you reconcile your current finances with your future goals—beginning with how you operate day to day. For example, we know that fewer than 40 percent of adult Americans say they have a budget and keep track of their spending, and 29 percent have been unable to set aside any money for retirement. Nearly a quarter (24.8 percent) have less than $100 in their checking and savings accounts combined.**
For those and other issues, we’re here to help. Whether you’re struggling to save for retirement, or ready to take your plans to the next level, we’ve developed and honed some general best practices that are easy to understand, and wise to follow.
Establish an emergency fund.
It’s ideal to save six to eight months of living expenses, set aside someplace safe and accessible. Don’t trust yourself with cash? Set up automatic transfers from your checking account to a savings account. Even $25 a month can pile up into a helpful amount during an emergency.
Protect your future income.
Since your income potential is probably your greatest asset, it’s smart to protect it with life, health, and disability insurance ***. That way, if something unfortunate happens during your prime earning years, you or your loved ones will still have income.
Maximize an employer’s money match.
If your employer offers a 401(k) match, contribute at least enough to qualify for the full match—usually anywhere from 1 percent to 6 percent of employee contributions. Any money you contribute is deducted pre-tax from your paycheck, so it’s a lighter hit on your take-home pay than you might expect. And you can always roll it over into an annuity to guarantee you have an income during retirement.****
Prioritize and eliminate debt.
Look at any debts you’ve accumulated—credit cards, car loans, mortgages, and student loans—and start systematically paying them down. Since credit card interest rates can run as high as 24%, you might want to start there first.
Take advantage of tax-efficient tools.*
There are many tax-advantaged ways to save money. Look into IRAs (traditional or Roth), 401(k)s, and tax-deferred annuities to save for retirement. For college, 529 savings plans may be an option †, or you can capitalize on a Whole Life Insurance policy that accumulates tax-deferred cash value while providing insurance protection.
When it comes to financial strategies, there are no set paths. It all depends on your individual situation.
Our tax calculator can help illustrate the value of a tax-deferred savings strategy.
Talk it through with an expert.
We're here to help.