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How to Save for Retirement in the New Year

The New Year has started, and among financial resolutions that many people are making, saving for retirement is among the most popular. But given how tough times have been lately, many people don't know how to take steps to boost their retirement savings.

In the following video, Dan Caplinger, The Motley Fool's director of investment planning, offers help on how to save better for retirement. Dan suggests first looking at your employer to see if you have access to a 401(k) or other retirement plan at work. Especially at companies that match your 401(k) contributions, it's essential to take advantage of what's essentially free money. Next, use IRAs to your maximum advantage, looking at Roth IRAs to see if the less stringent restrictions on withdrawing money and the potential for tax-free growth make them more attractive than traditional IRAs. Finally, Dan points to low-cost investments as a must-have for retirement portfolios, with individual stocks being attractive as well as low-cost ETFs like SPDR S&P 500 (NYSEMKT: SPY  ) , Vanguard Total Stock (NYSEMKT: VTI  ) , and various ETFs from Charles Schwab (NYSE: SCHW  ) . By following these simple rules, you can save more for retirement and meet all your financial goals.

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  • Report this Comment On January 05, 2014, at 7:38 AM, carlytx wrote:

    The key is to start planning and saving/investing early in life, be consistent, take advantage of any employer matching plan, max out contributions when possible, avoid unnecessary risks with your nest egg and plan for multiple streams of income once retired (social security, pensions, dividends, part time work, etc.). There is a great deal of information about retirement available on the web and most is free. I use several site including the site Retirement And Good Living which provides information on finances, health, retirement locations, part time work and also has a great blog of guest posts from around the globe about a variety of retirement topics.

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Dan Caplinger has been a contract writer for the Motley Fool since 2006. As the Fool's Director of Investment Planning, Dan oversees much of the personal-finance and investment-planning content published daily on Fool.com. With a background as an estate-planning attorney and independent financial consultant, Dan's articles are based on more than 20 years of experience from all angles of the financial world.

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