Picture this—it’s Friday afternoon, your work is done, and you have the weekend ahead of you. But what makes this weekend different than any other weekend is that a two-week vacation is following it. You wish your colleagues well, they express similar thoughts, and you head toward freedom.
Of course, you’re excited! Travel, new experiences, time away from the mundane, and time to recharge.
Close your eyes and picture it. An investment account that you can put away pre-tax income, that grows tax-deferred and comes out tax-free. Wouldn’t it be amazing. You could have the best of all worlds.
Well this investment vehicle exists today.
No really it does. It’s not like the Easter Bunny.
You are 45 years old and it dawns on you that your college days are looking further and further in your review view mirror and you can see the exit sign for retirement not too far down the road. As you sit down at your kitchen table to really assess your overall ﬁnancial situation, you begin to ponder the life and ﬁnancial mistakes you have made. You wonder to yourself, “Should I even bother trying to save? Is it too late for me begin saving for retirement?”
I’ve seen many people come into my oﬃce at this juncture in life. Typically there is a personal story about how their ﬁnancial picture would be better if it wasn’t for the bad real estate decision, the mid-life divorce, or a business venture that just went south. When retirement is beginning to stare you in the face, it’s not easy to admit you may be behind. If you have $10,000 in your savings account and $50,000 in 401(k)/retirement assets, it may seem insurmountable to reach the mountain of one day making work optional. (more…)