As an important part of planning your 401(k), you should be setting aside money for retirement. If you’re like many employees, you’re doing this in the form of an employer-sponsored 401(k) plan, which you probably signed up for when you were hired. But it’s important to know as much as possible about any investments you make, including your 401(k) plan.
What Should You Do? Save for Your Retirement or Your Children’s College?Submitted by The Participant Effect on August 9th, 2017
Most parents put their children’s needs above their own, including funding their children’s educations. After all, everyone wants their children to be happy and successful. However, financial advisors that specialize in pension consulting warn that prioritizing your kids over your own retirement could be a mistake. Why should retirement be your main priority?
You can’t borrow for retirement. Student loans can help your children fund their college years, but there aren’t any loan programs for retirement. While any loan should be carefully considered, student loans typically feature low-interest rates. Other options to fund college include attending a less expensive community college and then transferring to a larger school, as well as scholarships, grants, work-study programs, and more.
Retirement savings may offer bigger returns that college savings. If your employer offers a 401(k) program with a matching contribution, you’re essentially getting free money. Plus, you have a variety of investment options in the plan that can generate even more earnings. While investing in a 529 education plan may offer attractive investment choices, you won’t receive an employer matching contribution.
Investing in yourself protects your children in the long run. If you’re not financially ready for retirement, your children may have to help you. Often, this can happen when their own careers are reaching their peaks, or when they need to provide for your grandchildren. Prioritizing your retirement means your kids won’t have to bear that financial burden.
While it’s natural to want to provide for your children, it shouldn’t come at the expense of your retirement. The Participant EffectSM can assist participants with making better financial decisions. For more information about ways that you can work toward a confident retirement or pension consulting, visit www.theparticipanteffect.com or call us at 888-968-9168.
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