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How To Retirement Plans Work?
Are you wondering how do retirement plans work? Retirement plans offer employees different ways of setting aside or investing money for them to live on after they have ended their careers. Which plan is the best depends on an individual’s place of employment or personal investment decisions.
Pension plans are some of the most common retirement plans. Employees who participate in a company or organization’s pension plan have a certain amount taken from their paycheck each month. The employer, in turn, matches part or all of the employee’s contribution. At the end of an employee’s required years of service, or when the employee reaches retirement age, he receives his and his employer’s contribution in the form of a monthly pension amount.
Instead of pension plans, some employers offer the opportunity to invest in 401(k) programs as part of retirement plans. Employees designate a certain amount from their income each month which is taken and invested by the employer.
Many people choose to use Individual Retirement Accounts also known as IRAs as their retirement plans. IRAs allow one to invest a certain amount of money and leave it for a certain length of time. The IRA builds interest, and, after maturity, can be invested into another IRA or a similar plan.
Individual investments, such as stocks, bonds, or mutual funds, just to name a few, can also be used as retirement plans. They are, of course, sometimes affected by stock market fluctuations; therefore, care should be taken when choosing investments or any other financial choice one makes.
Posted on: May. 22, 2010