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YOUR RETIREMENT SAVINGS: HERE'S HOW TO START


Ready to kickstart your saving plan today? These tools can help.

If you're older than 25 or so, you've probably noticed how time seems to speed up as you age. One day you're graduating from college, and the next thing you know, you have a mortgage, a car loan or two, and maybe a fund for your children's college education.

In the midst of all that, it's easy to put off saving for retirement. After all, that day might seem like a long ways off, and you have immediate needs to meet. But given how time seems to accelerate, retirement will arrive sooner than you might think.   

The good news: You have a wealth of tools to help you save for it. Even better news: It's always better to start now than never to start at all.

401(k) and 403(b) Retirement Plans

These two share some essential similarities in the sense that both allow you to invest a portion of your paycheck before taxes get taken out of it (something that's commonly referred to as using "pretax dollars"). The key difference is that most 401(k) plans are offered by for-profit companies, while 403(b)s are typically offered by tax-exempt organizations such as schools, hospitals or religious groups.

Here are a couple of tips to note:

  • Some employers may match your contributions up to a certain percentage. In other words, that's free money. How can you ensure you don't leave cash on the table? If your employer offers a match, contribute at least enough to qualify for it.

  • Pay yourself first: When you get a pay increase, boost the percentage of your contribution.


Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs)

There are two basic types of IRAs:

  • Traditional IRAs: You fund these with after-tax contributions, so they may be able to be taken as a tax deduction.

  • Roth IRAs: These are funded with after-tax dollars. And in most situations, taxes are typically paid on gains only.


Other Savings Options

  • Emergency savings account. This one is critical. Putting money here will help you handle those unexpected expenses that can potentially derail other savings plans. How much should you have on hand? In most cases, three to six months' worth of income is an ideal amount.

  • Mutual Funds

  • Certificates of deposit (CDs)

  • Annuities


Take the First Step!

If there's one universal truth about retirement savings, it's this: There is no one-size-fits-all solution. And figuring out what will work for you can be overwhelming. Not sure where to start? A Thrivent Financial professional can help you to understand your options. 

Financial Tools to Meet Your Needs

No matter what stage of your Wise With Money Journey you're in, we can help you explore a wide range of financial products and services to help you reach your goals.

INDIVIDUAL RETIREMENT ACCOUNTS (IRAS)


An IRA offers convenience, opportunities and benefits that other savings vehicles don't. Two of the most common types of IRA are traditional and Roth.

FINANCIAL PLANNING SERVICES


With our fee-based Financial Planning Services, you'll work with a Thrivent Financial professional who can provide ongoing, objective advice and help you create a holistic, personalized plan.

INSURANCE


Insurance can help support several aspects of your financial strategy. We can help you use insurance as a buffer between you and financial hardship – and as a means for funding future goals.

MORE TO EXPLORE

Read about other topics that are important to you.

HOW TO PREVENT UNEXPECTED EXPENSES FROM BUSTING YOUR BUDGET


You can't necessarily call unexpected expenses "unexpected." They arise for all of us. If you're not prepared for such pitfalls, they can quickly derail your financial life. Having an emergency fund in place can provide valuable protection.

WHAT IS CASH VALUE IN LIFE INSURANCE?


Your insurance strategy can help provide protection and flexibility for you and your family. In particular, cash value life insurance can provide a range of options. And getting cash out of your life insurance may be easier than you think.

7 COMMON LIFE EVENTS THAT CHANGE YOUR NEED FOR LIFE INSURANCE


Change is inevitable. When it happens, life's big events – the celebrations and the disappointments – may be ideal times to consider if the life insurance you have is what you want. And what you need.


Thrivent Financial and its representatives and employees cannot provide legal, accounting, or tax advice or services. Work with your Thrivent Financial professional and, as appropriate, your attorney and tax professional for additional information.

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