Not too long ago, people didn't have to worry about saving for retirement. If you worked a steady job throughout your career, you could expect to get a healthy company pension from your employer, along with Social Security and other government benefits. Anything you put aside on your own was just icing on the cake.

All that has changed. Most employers don't have pension plans, instead making you contribute your own earnings into retirement plans. And budget woes could jeopardize Social Security's future. Now more than ever, it's up to you to make sure you're comfortable in retirement.

Rule Your Retirement
We believe that you can take charge of your retirement savings successfully. Our Rule Your Retirement newsletter has condensed retirement investing into four basic rules:

  • Rule 1: If you need the money in the next year, it should be in cash.
  • Rule 2: If you need the money in the next one to five (or even seven) years, choose safe, income-producing investments such as Treasuries, certificates of deposit (CDs), or bonds.
  • Rule 3: Any money you don't need for more than seven years is a candidate for the stock market.
  • Rule 4: Always own stocks.

With those rules in mind, we give you guidelines on setting up your portfolio with stocks and mutual funds that will help your retirement nest egg grow throughout your career. We also show you how to preserve those holdings once you start drawing on them for your retirement expenses.

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