There are some things in life that are just worth knowing. Retirement terms is one of those things. Regardless if you’re far off from retirement or in the middle of it, it pays to understand some common retirement lingo, so you’re not left in the dark. Here are five terms to know.
- Actuarial analysis: An examination of risk done by an actuary. An actuary is a business professional that measures and manages risk; often involved with retirement and insurance planning.
- Blackout period: If major changes are needed to a plan, a blackout period occurs. These periods typically lock up money inside the plan for 3-60 days, depending on various externalities.
- Target date fund: One type of investment geared towards retirement is the target date fund. This is a type of mutual fund that matches its investing strategy to a specific timeframe. When you’re younger, the investing strategy will be riskier, but as you age, the strategy will shift to safer investments, such as bonds.
- Trust: A legal entity that is typically formed with the help of an attorney. It allows you to specify how your assets are to be distributed when you pass away.
- Vesting schedule: When an employee earns a higher percentage of the employer contribution with an increase in the years that they’ve worked for the company. For example, after two years of service, an employee may be eligible for 20% of the employer contribution, while after five years they’re eligible for 75% of the contribution, and so on until the employee “earns” 100% of the contributions made into their retirement account.1 2
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