If you're close to retirement and thought you'd have more saved for your retirement by now, you're not alone. One study showed that 47% of American workers have less than $25,000 in savings and investments (excluding the value of their primary home and any defined benefit plans).*
But here's one thing you can do to help reduce your savings shortage: take full advantage of an employer match, if your company-sponsored retirement plan offers one. After all, if you're contributing to your plan but not maxing out on the match, then you're basically passing up on additional tax-deferred contributions that your employer would put directly into your account.
In the example below, assume you have a beginning balance of $25,000, you're 50 years old, earn $50,000 a year, and your employer offers a match of 50% of your contributions up to 6% of your annual pay. By contributing at least 6% of your salary as a starting point, you can get the full match to help provide a substantial boost to your retirement savings by age 65. Furthermore, increasing your contribution rate even more may have a significant impact on the amount of your total savings.
Bottom line: it's never too late to save more. And, if you're age 50 or older, you may also be able to boost your retirement savings with "catch-up" contributions, if your employer permits them. If you have questions or want to discuss your retirement savings goals, call your Mutual of America Regional Office representative today.
*EBRI/Greenwald & Associates, "The 2017 Retirement Confidence Survey," March 2017
This hypothetical example is for illustrative purposes only and does not represent any actual investment performance, price or yield. This illustration assumes a beginning balance of $25,000, includes an employer match of 50% of contributions up to 6% of salary, assumes no increase in earnings and has an annual rate of return of 6%. Investment returns are not guaranteed, and your actual return may vary significantly from that shown.
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