- Fund Your Retirement Plans First
- Liquidity Needs
- Deposit Insurance
- Money Market Funds*
- Savings Bonds
- Emergency Funds
- Goals and Time Horizon
- Defining Risk
- What's Your Risk Profile?
- Why Take Any Risk?
- Asset Allocation
- Dollar-Cost Averaging
- Portfolio Management
- Buying Investments
- Putting It All Together
Make sure you are investing in your retirement plans first, after your liquidity needs are met. Other investments should come after that. Your financial future is important and saving for retirement should be your primary focus. In addition, there are tax benefits associated with retirement plans that are not available elsewhere.
Step 1: Make sure you are sufficiently funding retirement plans that have tax advantages associated with them such as 401(k) plans, deductible IRAs and Roth IRAs, Keoghs, and SEPs.
If you have any money left over, go to Step 2.
Step 2: Start funding other investments.
Why Retirement Plans Should Be Your Priority
Other investment accounts
The investments you make toward most retirement plans are tax deductible.**
The money you put in other investments is not tax deductible.
The interest and gains earned in most retirement plans are not taxed until you make a withdrawal.**
The income earned on your other investments is normally taxed currently.
Having your financial future funded gives you confidence.
If you are funding other investments rather than your retirement plans, you are giving up tax benefits.
* 401(k)s, IRAs depending on your adjusted gross income and participation in business retirement plans, Spouse's 401(k) plans, Keoghs, etc.
** Contributions to a Roth IRA, Roth 401(k) and Roth 403(b) are not tax-deductible; however, qualified withdrawals are tax-free. IRAs can be non-deductible, depending on adjusted gross income and participation in a business retirement plan. Earnings on the non-deductible contributions are taxable when withdrawn.
How Much Money Do You Need to Start Investing?
Some mutual funds will let you open an account with as little as $100. You can start very small. If you want to build a diversified portfolio, you will want to put money into a number of different funds. You can also choose a balanced fund/hybrid fund, discussed later in this guide, if you are starting with a small amount.
Don't Agonize... Get Active
The purpose of this Learning Center is to help educate you and try to eliminate the confusing nature of investing. We're going to talk about the choices out there and what they mean for you. But our main goal is to get you started on the road to investing wisely.
Take some time to explore this Investing and Investments section. When you've done so, you will:
- be able to choose investment vehicles that will meet your liquidity needs;
- understand your own tolerance for financial risk;
- understand essential investment terms, such as asset allocation and dollar-cost averaging;
- understand the investment advantages and disadvantages of stocks, bonds, mutual funds, variable annuities and fixed annuities
- be able to distinguish among the different types of mutual funds;
- be able to decide whether or not real estate is a good investment for you;
- understand the tax implications of different investment vehicles.
Securities and advisory services are offered through LPL Financial (LPL), a registered investment advisor and broker-dealer (member FINRA/SIPC). Insurance products are offered through LPL or its licensed affiliates. Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union and Mint Wealth Advisors are not registered as a broker-dealer or investment advisor. Registered representatives of LPL offer products and services using Mint Wealth Advisors, and may also be employees of Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union. These products and services are being offered through LPL or its affiliates, which are separate entities from, and not affiliates of, Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union or Mint Wealth Advisors. Securities and insurance offered through LPL or its affiliates are:
|Not NCUA Insuredor Any Other Government Agency||No Credit Union Guarantee||Not Credit Union Deposits||May Lose Value|
The LPL Financial Registered Representatives associated with this site may only discuss and/or transact securities business with residents of the following states: NJ, PA, NY, DE, AZ, MI, FL, MD, TX, VA, GA, NC.
Financial Learning Center content created by TrueBridge, Inc. The information provided is based upon sources and data believed to be accurate and reliable. The content contained herein is intended for information and illustrative purposes only, should not in any way be construed as a personal recommendation, and should be used in conjunction with individual professional advice.