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Cashing out: How you could retire with a million dollars

Retirement
Retirement

Even with the shaky economic times, we need to remember the basics. It is still possible to save for retirement.

“The longer somebody lives, the greater the likelihood that they would run themselves out of money,” said Jerome Wall, a certified financial planner.

Financial advisers say thanks to inflation and better saving habits, you could still retire with a million dollars in the bank. So how much do you need to save now to get to a million later? Let’s break it down. 

First, plan to retire at age 70 with Social Security and assume your 401K grows 6% a year, and your company matches your contribution.

If you’re 25 and earning $30,000 a year, all you need to contribute is $75 a pay period to your 401K. But if you wait until you are 40, making $55,000 a year, you’ll have to invest 14% of your income, with the same 6% 401- match. That means you need to contribute $321 a pay period!

The moral of the story? The younger you start, the easier it is to retire a millionaire.

But the real lesson is -- it’s never too late to start.

Interestingly, though Millennials are often labeled poor money managers, new data shows this generation is actually saving more for retirement than Gen X-ers did at the same age.

And remember, your company match is a 100% return on your contribution, so don’t pass this free money up.