5 Ways to Fix Your Retirement Fund Shortfall

5 Ways to Fix Your Retirement Fund Shortfall

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When you hit your 40s or 50s the idea of retirement – which seemed so far off in your 20s - is suddenly right around the corner. If you’ve reached this age and have not been diligently socking away money for retirement, there are some things you can do to fix the problem: 

  1. Take a new look at your budget. Retool your priorities, and put the brakes on your spending. It does take a disciplined approach. Many items you’ve previously regarded as necessities can be dispensed with. Doing without a $5.00 cup of coffee every day could add up to an extra $1500 saved at the end of a year. Go over your budget with a fine-tooth comb, and cut out anything that you don’t really need.  Put the money you save into your retirement fund.
  2. Catch-up Contributions. If you are 50 or older, you can put up to $6000 extra into your 401(k). If you have an IRA, the additional catch-up contribution limit is $1,000. Skipping that cup of coffee every day will more than pay for that!
  3. Open a spousal IRA. A spousal IRA relaxes the requirement to earn an income and gives a husband or wife with low or no annual wages a way to save tax-efficiently. You can effectively double your savings this way.
  4. Change your investment philosophy. Talk to an expert advisor, and figure what the best strategy is to help you get to your goals. Sound investments that grow and earn income could be a wise move. Think about adding real estate to your portfolio.
  5. Delay taking Social Security. Work longer, and delay your retirement. This option gives you more years to save and increases the amount you’ll get from the SSA.  If you start receiving Social Security at age 62, you’ll get about a quarter less than if you wait until 66. If you wait till you’re 70, you’ll get 132% of the monthly benefit because you delayed getting benefits for 48 months. 



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