You probably already know that one of the best ways to grow your money for the future is to invest it. The first place to start is with your employer’s 401(k) which allows you to contribute on a regular basis, and not worry about what the market is doing on a daily basis. Many 401(k) plans offer a company matching percentage, which is supplemented money. For example: your employer offers a 3% match, make sure that you’re contributing at least 3% of your income to receive the full match.
If the idea of where to invest your hard-earned money is intimidating, there are usually mutual fund choices in an employer plan that provide an easy start point. One type of diversified mutual fund will normally have a targeted year of retirement in the name, and this allows the mutual fund to manage your money for you. What other investment decisions are important to consider? Let’s explore how to start investing in a way that’s diversified with reasonable risk for your goals.