BOSTON (CBS) – The reality is if you start later in your working career you will need to save more money than if you had started younger.
The key years for saving have passed you by if you start in your 40s. Your best income producing years may still lie ahead but at 40 you have many more demands on your income compared to your 20s. You could have kids needing braces, college tuition, a mortgage and car loans.
With fewer employers offering pensions to employees today you are going to be responsible for your own retirement savings.
Starting to save for retirement with your first job could give you 45 years or more to accumulate retirement dollars.
The longer you wait to start saving for retirement the more money you will need to save. Many retirees re-enter the workforce because they did not save enough.
And still more retirees will tell you that they would have maxed out their annual retirement contribution if they had a known how much money was needed to retire comfortably.
For example, if you want a $1 million in your retirement nest egg at age 67 and you start saving and investing at age 20 you will need to come up with $166 a month for your retirement account, about $2,000 a year.
If you wait until age 40 to start saving and you want that $1 million will need to save $880 a month, that’s 5 times what a 20-year-old needs to save.
Now I assumed you would invest this money in a retirement plan investing in the stock market and over your working career could average an 8% return which is doable.
On our website I have included a chart to illustrate retirement savings at various times in your working career.
You are never too young or too old to start saving for retirement. I do believe most young workers can have a comfortable retirement if they are disciplined about saving starting with their first job.
One more thing: A kid in high school with her first job can be introduced to retirement planning by her parents.
A 16-year-old with a summer job earning minimum wage could conceivably earn $3,000 this summer. So what can she do for retirement planning?
Open a Roth IRA. She can contribute up to $5,500 to an IRA. If she is disciplined about this and contributes every year until she reaches age 67 she could very easily have over $1 million in her account.
I would suggest if mom and dad can afford it to help the kids save for retirement by offering to match them dollar for dollar in savings. Gift the kids the money for spending and have them use their earnings for the IRA.
Future value $1,000,000
Retirement age 67
Annual return 8%
One Monthly Yearly
Age Time Investment Investment
———— ———— ———— ————
20 $26,859 $161 $2,208
25 39,464 243 3,287
30 57,986 368 4,924
35 85,200 564 7,451
40 125,187 876 11,448
45 183,941 1,395 18,032
50 270,269 2,316 29,629
55 397,114 4,158 52,695
60 583,490 8,920 112,072
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