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Want to Have a Fabulous Personal Finance Even After Retirement?

By Charles Hopkins Published 09/19/2006 | Finance

Want to Have a Fabulous Personal Finance Even After Retirement? Think of the Several Pension Schemes

We rarely pay heed to retirement planning, especially when we are young. But it is never too early to start thinking about the retirement days and an early planning can only give you a life after retirement as you have always dreamed of. So you have to conceive some retirement plans that offer some kind of pension for living through the retirement years.

In the USA, retirement plans are classified into two main groups: defined benefit or defined contribution plans.

A defined benefit entitles you to a certain lump sum payout after retirement. How much you will obtain through this means is determined by the members salary and the duration of the membership to the plan.

In a defined contribution plan, on the other hand, the payout is conditioned by the amount of money contributed. The amount of money also varies according to the performance of the investment vehicles utilized.

There are many pension schemes available in the market that incorporates the combined features of both types of retirement plans. As for example, cash balance plans, combine features of both defined benefit and defined contribution schemes.

A defined benefit formula involves an agreement between the employer and the employee, on a nominal benefit amount at the time of retirement. The defined benefit plans are of three general types: a flat-benefit formula, a career-average formula, or a final-pay formula.

A defined contribution plan on the other hand is ruled by the Internal Revenue Code Section 414. These pension plans are employer sponsored plans which carry individual account for each employee. The contributions are invested, in various sectors and the returns on the investment irrespective of all losses or gains are credited to the individual's account. After you retire, you get back all those monies as retirement benefits. If you purchase it as an annuity it will keep on providing you a regular pension all through your retirement days. In the private sector, this mode of retirement plans has become more accepted. The typical examples of defined contribution plans include Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs), 401(k) and profit sharing plans. In such pension schemes, you have to apply your discretion in choosing from the types of the sectors in which the funds are invested. You have a number of options to choose from like the predetermined mutual funds to individual stocks and other securities.

Most of these self-directed pension schemes offer you certain types of tax advantages. However, you cannot take out the funds as such before a specified time prior to reaching a certain age and the age is typically specified at 59.5 years. If you withdraw the money before the stipulated time, you have to pay a substantial penalty.

According to the section 415 limit, how much can be contributed is subject to IRS limits in defined contribution plans. The combined contribution of employee and employer should not exceed 40,000 or 100% of compensation.

No matter if you are a young professional today; start preparing today for the days, when you will not remain so young. The guide above will come to your help to understand the basic principle behind the retirement pension schemes.