Top Ten Reasons you MUST Participate in Your Company Retirement Plan

With all deference to fabulous late night talk shows, here are ten reasons to consider putting some of your hard earned wages into an account with your employer’s retirement plan.

10. The company is required to provide a variety of investment choices and access to information about those investments.

9.  You’ll save taxes on the money you put in the plan now and you’ll probably be in a lower tax bracket when you take the money out after you retire.

8.  Forced savings – if you don’t get it in your pay check now, you don’t spend it now.

7.  It keeps you from trying to time the market.  The money gets invested every month.

6.  The balances you have in retirement accounts don’t usually count against your kids’ ability to qualify for student financial aid.

5.  Many companies contribute some money to your account if you contribute.

4.  Lots of retirement plans allow you to borrow against your account if you need to.

3.  If you want to “buy low” in the market, this certainly seems like the time to do it!

2.  You can brag to your friends at parties about your investment portfolio.

1.  You’re putting away money for retirement.  When you’re old and grey, you’re less likely to have to go to work and ask strangers, “Do you want fries with that?”

About the author

Linda Y. Leitz, CFP®, EA, CDFA

Linda Y. Leitz is a fee-only Certified Financial Planner™ and has been in the financial industry since 1979. She is also enrolled to practice before the Internal Revenue Service. Before becoming a financial professional, Linda held several executive positions in the banking industry. She began her career as a bank examiner. Linda has a BBA in Business Administration from Principia College and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.
As a fee-only financial planner Linda is a member of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors, the Financial Planning Association, the National Association of Tax Professionals and the Alliance of Cambridge Advisors. As a leader in the financial planning industry, Linda is the author of the book titled "The Ultimate Parenting Map to Money Smart Kids". She has been quoted in several national publications including the Wall Street Journal, U.S. News and World Report, and Morningstar Advisor and she has appeared on CSNBC. She also works as a volunteer instructor to new financial advisors with the Alliance of Cambridge Advisors.

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