By Moe Ansari
We all know that hiding our money under our mattress or depositing it in a traditional savings account isn’t going to give us the growth we need to retire when we want, the way we want. In other words, we need a bit of help, something that gives us an edge. That’s what a 401(k) does. Employer-sponsored retirement plans give us a way to contribute to our future with a few added benefits thrown in.
Unfortunately, many Americans are not taking advantage of these accounts, with 15% of those who have access to a 401(k) not participating. (1) And of those who are taking advantage of their 401(k), the average contribution rate is only 7.1%, and if you’re counting on it, that’s likely not enough to carry you through your retirement years.
If you want to make the most of your 401(k), take a look at these 7 tried-and-true strategies.