When our parents and grandparents were young, planning for the financial future was largely unnecessary. Many people in these earlier generations were able to go to school, get an education and work for a single employer for their entire working lives. After those 20 or 30 years were up, there was a secure retirement and a solid financial future to look forward to in retirement.
Anyone who has been paying attention to the financial landscape knows just how radically things have changed. These days, the secure defined benefit pension is very much an exception to the rule, and most employees find themselves being asked to take charge of their own financial future by investing their own money in a 401(k), 403(b) or IRA plan. While this do it yourself financial approach can have a number of advantages, it can be a daunting task as well. This approach to financial matters provides a greater level of control than does a traditional pension plan, but it also introduces an element of risk to the equation.
To make matters worse, most employers will not provide financial advice to their 401(k) or 403(b) plan participants because they are worried about liability issues should the financial investment not work out favorably. It is up to each plan participant, therefore, to take control of his or her own financial future and to learn as much about financial matters as possible.
There are many places to seek out financial advice, including relatives, friends and professional financial advisors. Many people prefer to start locally, seeking out advice from their more financially successful friends and relatives. Professional financial advisors can also be a good choice, but it is important to study their track record carefully to make sure they are really qualified to hand out that financial advice.
Taking charge of your financial future may not be easy, but it is important. It I important to start planning for a secure financial future as soon as possible, since the power of time can help your money grow and make your financial future much more secure. There are many ways to save and invest for a more secure future, from Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and 401(k) plans to mutual funds, stock market investments and bond funds. How you invest, how much you invest and how early you get started will have a significant impact on your future happiness and security, so it makes sense to get started as quickly as possible.