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Old 04-20-2007, 01:27 PM   #1
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How many of you will be able to retire?

Just a thought, now that I am working full time and all that I am planning to invest into my 401k and a nice IRA and who knows what else to plan for the future. (I wish I had started way back... but I didnt)

Studys show if you dont invest 10-12% of your income or more for 40 years~ then chances are you will not be able to retire... you simply wont have the cash to live on.

How many of you actually invest or plan to into a 401k or something that can gain you some good growth (10% a year would be great) and compound interest?

If you do the math the sooner you invest the more exponential your money can grow, even 5 years can make a HUGE impact on your finances. Someone that invests the same amount as you but only 5-10 years after you start will have a ton less money in the end~

I plan to invest 15% at least in a 401k and another 10%~ in other things (not get rich quick things but long overtime investments like traditional/roth IRA). If you can manage 20% of your income invested for 40-50 years you should be sitting pretty and able to retire a millionarie. Most it seems invest 5% or less lol....

any input?
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Re: How many of you will be able to retire?

I dump 10% of every paycheck into my 401k. Back when I was living with the parents, I did 25%. My mortgage is another means of saving money. At the moment, I don't have an IRA. One day I will open one.
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When I get a job that pays enough for me to put aside money, I will lol. Always been good at saving. Paid over half my car in cash when i bought it.
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Old 04-20-2007, 01:44 PM   #4
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Re: How many of you will be able to retire?

i'm already retired...
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Re: How many of you will be able to retire?

I plan on opening an IRA soon. I'm still in college so I don't have a 401K yet but I do have a decent chunk of change in stocks and mutual funds.
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Re: How many of you will be able to retire?

I'm only investing 6% right now, but I'm saving up to buy a house too. So that kinda offsets the lack of savings.

Now I just need to find a good place to temporarily invest my savings. Savings accounts are nearly useless... All they do is barely keep up with inflation.
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Re: How many of you will be able to retire?

i'll let ya know when i get out into the real workforce.. not these small part time college jobs haha.
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i'll let ya know when i get out into the real workforce.. not these small part time college jobs haha.
do the letters KMA look familiar...

after i get done with the house buying thing in 3 months, i plan to start my own 401k. my wife already has one. i think she puts about 10% in hers.
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I'm only investing 6% right now, but I'm saving up to buy a house too. So that kinda offsets the lack of savings.

Now I just need to find a good place to temporarily invest my savings. Savings accounts are nearly useless... All they do is barely keep up with inflation.
Blue and myself might be able to help with the temp investment plan

I'm doing 12% right now and wish I had started years ago !!! you always think you have plenty of time to start the 401 or other investments WRONG start as early as you can with as much as you can afford to save I'll be working till I drop
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Re: How many of you will be able to retire?

Just started a 401k at my new job, and opened a Roth IRA a few months ago =D
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Re: How many of you will be able to retire?

i dont.

i plan on dying at 50. half a century is enough living for me, especially on this ****hole.
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Re: How many of you will be able to retire?

haha I was puttin money back, but when that job closed and I took a pay cut i have to look short term right now. But when I get on the PD or FD full time It will be 20 and out. thats PERF for ya But Everything but the Explorer is paid off, so all i pay right now is insurance, explorer, and gas/ food. I plan on buyin a house with-in a year or so.
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Re: How many of you will be able to retire?

401k is a waste of time and money
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Re: How many of you will be able to retire?

Thank god I'm not 21 yet.
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Re: How many of you will be able to retire?

if i keep investing like i am now i will

8%IRA
8%with my matching 401K

been investing like that for about 2 years now, and i'm only 18
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Re: How many of you will be able to retire?

When I get a full time job, I'll start saving. Unfortunately, I work part time and a student so it becomes incredibly hard to save money for me at times.

and I have a girl friend. So there goes that saved crash
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Re: How many of you will be able to retire?

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401k is a waste of time and money
wow you really dont know what you are talking about. I would agree that it is a waste of time/money if your investments are making more than the 401k but only then.
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Re: How many of you will be able to retire?

I had $8-9k saved up.. was just about to start investing when the place I worked closed down -- now I'm back at college

I plan to start as soon as I can...
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Re: How many of you will be able to retire?

The best thing about the 401k is: All the money comes out pre-income tax. So, the more you dump into it, the less of your income that gets taxed. That, in turn it lowers your tax bracket. So the part of your income that does get taxed, doesn't get taxed as much.
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and that extra 30% you get to put into your 401k also earns you money back so in the end (down the road) you come out even better.
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Re: How many of you will be able to retire?

I know this may sound a bit weird but how does a 401K work? Like I know it takes away certain % of your paycheck and stuff. But what happens if you get fired do you lose your 401K with that company or what?

Ive only worked at dealerships and havent really ever started saving yet as im just trying to get rid of all my debt (school/car/etc) and now that im selfemployeed at the moment its def harder
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Re: How many of you will be able to retire?

I have 18k in an IRA right now that I dont plan to touch. If nothing comes between me and that money, in 40 years it'll be around 1.5 mil
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Re: How many of you will be able to retire?

you can roll your 401k over to a new company. You invest a given percent (pretax) and they match some of it and you become fully vested over time (if you leave the company they only match percentages up until you are fully vested so you have to stay to get them to throw money into it) they then invest the money like you would with an IRA or what ever, you can decide what you want to invest it in and how~ etc etc and you just leave it there and it grows over time and the money you gain on it then goes back into it so you gain money off of it (compound interest) so the sooner you start the much better it is.
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Re: How many of you will be able to retire?

i may be broke now, but i'm paying into 2 pensions, and i'm putting a good amount of money away. i know i'll be okay to retire
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