Planning for Retirement

Planning for retirement? Retirement help is here, with these retirement planning tips offered in this free lesson.

Setting retirement goals

Planning for retirement

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As you prepare for retirement, keep these tips in mind.

  • Develop financial goals, and create a plan to achieve them.
  • Be prudent, and watch out for people who are out to get your money. Be skeptical about financial offers that promise anything free or with little effort.
  • Recognize that, as an investor, you will face risk. Diversify your assets to best protect yourself against risk.
  • Before paying bills and other obligations, try to set aside money each month in accounts for your long-range goals and emergencies. In other words, budget for savings.
  • Try to pay off credit card debt. The interest you pay on a credit card reduces the amount you can save for retirement.
  • Try to get a job with a strong retirement plan that is either a traditional monthly retirement benefit or a 401(K) plan. You'll learn more about 401(K) plans later in this course.