It’s never too early to start saving for retirement, but it can be challenging if you have debt, expenses that drain your income, or have no idea how much you’re saving from year to year.

A good rule of thumb suggested by a recent Fidelity study is to have one time your income in savings by age 30. By age 40, that savings should increase to three times your annual salary. By age 50, six times. By age 60, eight times, and by age 67, 10 times your annual income.  

It’s important to remember benchmarks set by age are a good way to check in on your savings but are not rules set in stone. Your income greatly influences how much you can save and can fluctuate over time, so make sure you adjust as needed and save enough money now to have the lifestyle you want when you’re older. 

In this episode, John shares tips for how to know if you’re on the right track for retirement. 

In this episode, you’ll also hear:

  • Saving for retirement based on age and salary  
  • What young people need to know about saving for retirement
  • Option to delay retirement and why it pays to participate in the market  

Must-listen moments: 

[00:04:25] The thing that can rob you the most, when you’re young particularly, is if you have debt. I would focus on getting rid of that consumer debt as soon as possible.

[00:07:15] Owning a home is a wonderful thing but you need to be careful that you’re not buying too much home because your home is not a retirement asset.

[00:09:36] You also have to keep in mind your income rises through the years and that factors heavily in these numbers that you’re looking at for the benchmark. As far as making up the gap, you could be more aggressive…the stock market over time tends to provide the best long-term rate of return. 

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The preceding program is sponsored by Fourth Avenue Financial, which is solely responsible for its content