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6 Retirement Plans Millennials Should Start Thinking About (Or Embrace ASAP)

6 Retirement Plans Millennials Should Start Thinking About (Or Embrace ASAP)

Most millennials are still struggling to pay their student debt, so when you tell them to think about retirement plans, most of them are going to tell you to stop mocking them. The reality is, retirement plans are not a priority for millennials, but they should be. Why? Time flies! And starting to save early in life is going to ensure your retirement years are happy years.

Unfortunately, most millennials are afraid of all those complicated words and the sheer length of tax codes, so they need someone to explain these things in plain English. Well, here are the 6 best retirement plans for millennials explained.

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1. 401(k)

The 401(k) is the most popular plan, and most employers offer it, so you can just make a call to the HR department of your company and ask them to solve the papers for you. The maximum revenue is $18,000 per year, and you can pick how much you want to contribute. The contributions are made before the taxes, which are paid when you will take out the money.

One of the major benefits of a 401(k)[1] is the fact that it enables you to grow your retirement plan fast, but you have to stick to the options your employer picked for you.

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2. Regular IRA

If you have a taxable income, or your spouse has one, you are eligible for IRA.[2] With this plan you can earn $5,000 per year, and the contributions are made before the taxes, just like with the 401(k). You are going to pay the taxes when you take out the money.

Of course, this ensures a high growing rate for your fund. Unlike the 401(k), you can invest your money in investments offered by your bank. The cons come with the taxes: because you pay the taxes when you withdraw money, you might notice your tax bracket is higher when you take out the money, so you will be paying more taxes.

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3. Gold IRA

This is not exactly a retirement plan itself, but more of an option to add to your regular plan. Regular IRA and 401(k) are compatible with gold investments. Gold IRA is exactly what you think: investing your money in gold,[3] because its value grows nice and steady over time.

4. Roth IRA

The Roth IRA is dedicated to singles who earn at least $116,000 per year, or couples who earn less than $180,000 per year together. The best thing about this retirement plan is the fact you won’t pay taxes when you take out the money! The contributions are made after the taxes, and you can earn as much as $5,500 per year. Another nice fact is there is no mandatory withdrawal when you are 70 years old, as it is with the other plans.

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5. SEP IRA

As many millennials are entrepreneurs, or they are on their way to becoming entrepreneurs,[4] here are two retirement plans dedicated to small businesses. The SEP IRA allows you to plan for your retirement along with your employees. The maximum amount is 25% of an employee’s compensation, or $51,000. For the employee this plan comes with free money from the employer, and for the employer it comes with tax deductions for the contributions. This is one of the best retirement plans for the self-employed. The con of this plan is the fact that you will pay taxes at the current tax rate when you start withdrawing.

6. Simple IRA

Another IRA for businesses, with a $12,500 maximum contribution. The contributions are taken from the employees salary, and the employer can contribute to his or her account, or to their employee’s accounts. The employee can decide how much to contribute on this plan, and the contributions are made before the taxes. At withdrawal you also pay the taxes.

With a simple IRA the penalization for withdrawing before 60 years of age can be up to 25%, so make sure you do your calculations right.

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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