Asked by: Andrea Rose
Even if your employer does not offer a 401(k) plan, you can still save for retirement. Options include encouraging your company to set up a retirement plan or opening an individual retirement account (IRA).
Can you save for retirement without a 401k?
Key Takeaways. If you don’t have a 401(k), start saving as early as possible in other tax-advantaged accounts. Good alternatives to a 401(k) are traditional and Roth IRAs and health savings accounts (HSAs). A non-retirement investment account can offer higher earnings, but your risk may be higher, too.
Is it worth contributing to a 401k if there is no match?
Between the tax deductibility of your contributions, tax deferral of your investment income, and your ability to accumulate an incredible amount of money for your retirement, a 401(k) plan is well worth participating in, even without the company match.
What are disadvantages to saving for retirement in a 401k plan from your employer?
Some of the common disadvantages of 401(k)s include:
- A small or nonexistent company match.
- High fees associated with the account.
- Few investment opportunities for your funds.
- A wait until you can keep company contributions.
- Difficulty accessing funds early.
- Tax implications for withdrawals.
Sep 15, 2021
Can you start your own 401k without an employer?
401(k) plans are employer-sponsored plans, meaning only an employer (including self-employed people) can establish one. If you don’t have your own organization (business or nonprofit) and you don’t have a job, you may want to evaluate contributing to an IRA instead.
What happens if you have no retirement savings?
Without savings, it will be difficult to maintain in retirement the same lifestyle that you had in your working years. You may need to make adjustments such as moving into a smaller home or apartment; forgoing extras such as cable television, an iPhone, or a gym membership; or driving a less expensive car.