January 13th, 2014
To celebrate the new year, we asked the Credit Karma team to share any resolutions they were making or tips they had to get one’s finances into shape in 2014. We got a lot of great responses and decided to share them in a week-long series on Facebook. Now we’re sharing them with you, along with our thoughts!
Isaac’s resolution is a great one—and definitely one that more people need to make. Did you know that fully one third of Americans admit to having not saved anything at all for retirement? This is shockingly sad, but relatively easy to remedy.
First off, if you think you don’t have enough money to save for retirement, try making these four tweaks, which could save you $50,000. $50k is a great start to a retirement account!
Then, begin to research retirement accounts (as Isaac wants to do), and figure out which plan(s) are best for your current situation. Our friends have SaveUp have written extensively about the topic, but one of our favorite posts breaks down which accounts may be best for you, based on your current age.
Bottom Line: Saving enough for retirement may be a daunting task, but it’s one of the most rewarding financial moves you can ever make. Start early, get into the habit of saving, and remember… any amount helps!
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September 13th, 2013
Several Good Reasons to Not Contribute to Your 401(k) "A very common piece of advice that’s given about retirement is that of maxing out a 401K plan at work. More than a few people, including professional financial advisors, will tell you that this is a way to make sure that your retirement is truly golden. While we’re not saying that, for most people, this is an sage advice, it’s not for everyone. The fact is, there is no single universal rule for retirement planning and indeed, everyone has a set of unique circumstances, goals or needs determining what their correct course of action should be. In some cases, putting all of your money into your 401(k) might not be the best idea. In fact, we’ve put together several reasons to not contribute. Enjoy." So Over This
September 19th, 2012
When I got in to work at 8AM, there was a note on my computer: “See me. –Tom.” My first thought was: what did I do wrong now? Tom was the Editor-At-Large for Institutional Investor News, where I was working as a reporter. Editor-At-Large meant that he’d been with the company since the early 1970s and had achieved the status of elder statesman, guiding light, etc., etc. But at the same time, he didn’t really even really work there anymore. He just kept coming in every day and doing the same thing he’d been doing at the company for 30 years—terrorizing reporters.
January 12th, 2012
With today’s financial challenges, more and more people who are approaching retirement age are getting news from their financial advisor that they don’t want to hear. Earmuffs alert! As a financial advisor, some of my hardest meetings with clients or prospective clients are those where I have to “speak the truth” to them. It’s never fun, but I realize it’s a necessity if they ever want to retire successfully.
May 25th, 2011
For most of us, retirement is a long way off (although not as far off as it used to be). Therefore, saving money for retirement may seem like an abstract topic. Many questions arise when contemplating the subject: How much do I need to retire? How soon do I need to start saving for retirement? And the list goes on.
April 4th, 2011
Retirees are struggling these days, even the ones who’ve been saving for retirement all their lives. Low interest rates have them in a bind, and threaten the earning potential of the rest of us looking towards retirement.
September 14th, 2010
Which is the greater evil: inflation or deflation? Well, that depends who you are.
Which one should we expect to see? Depends how it goes.
The economy is full of vague answers and inaccurate predictions... and the new buzzword is "meflation".
September 7th, 2010
When stormy economic conditions are present—like nowadays—more and more people are doing the financial equivalent by cracking open their 401(k) nest eggs, and even more people are wondering whether that’s okay. The short answer is… NO!
April 9th, 2010
If you’ve been socking away retirement money, you could be eligible for the Retirement Savings Contributions Credit, aka the Saver’s Credit. This often-overlooked credit rewards you for having the good financial sense to build your nest egg early by shaving off as much as $1,000 on your tax bill, $2,000 if filing jointly.
It’s simple: make eligible contributions to a qualified retirement plan—like an employer-sponsored plan or IRA—and you can claim the credit. The saver’s credit appears on the Form 1040 and Form 1040A tax returns and works as a credit rather than a deduction. Tax credits are generally a better deal because they immediately reduce the amount of tax you owe to the IRS. Contributing to your retirement plan to reduce your taxes is a win-win situation—you pay less income tax, it doesn’t cost you anything to move around your money, plus you build a sound future for yourself.
February 1st, 2010
The next wave of rewards card programs is flooding the market, offering what’s termed “retirement rewards”. These rewards offer consumers the opportunity to turn points into cash to be invested in their retirement fund. The more familiar, traditional rewards programs of airline miles and cashback offers will have to move over for the innovative programs issuers have been rolling out to interest new customers and keep loyal ones: programs to donate to charities, pay off taxes, manage finances, and now, build up a nest egg.
As you are credit card shopping for retirement rewards, it’s crucial that you go beyond the following chart and make sure to read the fine print for each card and understand the fees and services before applying. Most of the following cards require no annual fee and some have no limit to how many points you can earn and redeem. Also, all cards, except for the NestEggz Visa, require that consumers have a retirement account at the participating financial company in order to redeem rewards for retirement dollars.