Start Your New Year Right: Tips on Saving Enough for Retirement

Saving for retirement can be difficult—especially when you’re focused on paying bills, feeding and clothing your family, paying for school supplies, and much more! If you haven’t already started saving for retirement, the new year is a perfect opportunity to make this happen.

Here are a few tips on how you can easily save for your future years of ministry:

Save at least 10% of your income towards your Future Funded Ministry plan

This provides a simple target for you to work towards as part of a disciplined savings approach. You may start at a lower level and then focus on increasing your contributions over time to get to this percentage.

Plan on living 20-25 years in retirement after age 65

People who live to age 65 have a 50% chance of living to age 85 and a 25% chance of living until 92.

Plan on needing 70% to 80% of your income in your Future Funded Ministry years

Certain expenses will likely disappear or be reduced once you leave the workplace.

To make your savings last, withdraw less than 4% a year

This simple formula has proven very accurate over time. It provides a guideline for how much to withdraw each year without exhausting your Future Funded Ministry savings.

Rebalance your asset allocation at least once per year

Rebalancing is when you adjust your portfolio back to an appropriate asset allocation mix. This keeps your investments aligned with your risk tolerance and goals.

Bonds percentage of your portfolio equals your age

This rule is a reminder that your portfolio needs to change as you age, becoming gradually more focused on avoiding risk and providing income.

Consider matching your personal values with investing

Faith-based funds are a family of mutual funds that invests in companies that meet certain moral and ethical standards. They avoid companies that manufacture or distribute alcohol, anti-family entertainment, tobacco, gambling, and/or other potentially offensive practices.

Express your personal values in your investment decisions.

For more on Future Funded Ministry, visit FutureFundedMinistry.com.