Here are two money news headlines that will have you shaking your head
1) Per CNN Money.com: Only 48% of Americans have invested in the Stock Markets, this includes 401(k) money. That means 52% are missing out on the over 200% return in the past six years. There will be a lot of broke retired people in the future.
2) Per NPR.org: So much money is going into Swiss Banks that the Swiss government is paying a negative rate of return, in other words, people are paying the Swiss Government to hold their own money … that is stupid.
Here is the great news; sooner than later, they have to come back in the stock market, and this will push the markets higher. I will make a prediction that within less than 18 months, the DOW (the 30 industrial stocks) will move from 18,000 to over 20,000!
In addition, these people are who work for a company that matches their employees’ contributions are actually saying to their employer, “That extra money that you are paying me so I do not have to work for forever and will have better much better financial life when I retire? Keep you money I do not want it, I want to be a worker bee for the rest of my life.”
Per CNBC .com: Seventy-three percent of employers who have a 401(k) Plans for their employees match their employees contributions. Companies such as Wal-Mart Google, Medtronic, Starbucks will match 100% of your first 4-6% contribution.
So simple math: if you are earning $50,000 and you contribute 10% each year ($5,000), then your employer will contribute a matching amount the first 6% that is $3,000. So now you have a total of $8,000 starting to work for you each year.
But, say you work there 20 years and do not contribute a dime, then you gave up over $60,000! And if that $3,000 only compounded at 7% per year with dividends plus growth, you are missing out on $122,986, not to mention the tens of thousands of dollar of taxes savings that will be working for you if you are an intelligent investor.
And keep you money in a traditional 401(k) Plan and not a Roth.
Please do note: Each company has different vesting periods on the money they match, for example the first year is 20% vested, second year is 60% vested then, after three years you are 100% vested. However, there are no vesting periods on the money you contributed for yourself–you are 100% immediately vested, and you can rollover/take this money with you any time you leave the company. In addition, the IRS and sometimes your employer set the limits each year on how much you can contribute each year.
As of 2015, the limited by the IRS is $18,000 if you are under age 50, but if you are 50 or older (up to age 71-and-a-half), you can do an additional $6,000 for a total of $24,000 per year.
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