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Yolanda York, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in San Diego, CA
San Diego, CA - April, 2010 Youíve heard the saying before: save for a rainy day. Weíd like to suggest you save on a rainy day. Just as Aprilís showers bring Mayís flowers, your savings today can help make your retirement savings flourish in the future.
According to a recent survey by the Employee Benefit Research Institute, 43 percent of Americans have saved less than $10,000 for retirement; 27 percent have saved less than $1,000.
If you havenít started already, now is the time to begin saving for your retirement ó no matter what your age. If retirement is near, youíll want to jump into the fast lane right away. If youíre younger and retirement seems a lifetime away, itís still in your best interest to begin saving now, as compound interest will work to your advantage. Investors and financial advisors agree that saving when youíre young will make a world of difference when the time comes to draw on your retirement savings.
Donít take our word for it. You can check out the numbers yourself. A great place to start figuring out how much you will need for retirement is to learn how much you could expect from Social Security. You can do that in minutes with Social Securityís online Retirement Estimator.
The Retirement Estimator offers an instant and personalized estimate of your future retirement benefits based on your earnings record. Try it out at www.socialsecurity.gov/estimator.
We encourage saving for retirement, but there are reasons to save for every stage of life. A great place to go for help is www.mymoney.gov. MyMoney.gov is the U.S. government's website dedicated to teaching Americans the basics about financial education. Whether you are planning to buy a home, balancing your checkbook, or investing in your 401(k) plan, the resources on www.MyMoney.gov can help you do it better. Throughout the site, you will find important information from 20 federal agencies government wide.
Another excellent resource is the Ballpark Estimator at www.choosetosave.org/ballpark. This online tool takes complicated issues, like projected Social Security benefits and earnings assumptions on savings, and turns them into language and mathematics that are easy to understand.
These online resources are a great way to spend a rainy day. And if youíre hungry for more, dive into a wealth of further information at www.socialsecurity.gov.