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The worst thing you can do with your money in your 60s, according to a financial planner


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The worst thing you can do with your money in your 60s is make a poor investment decision, according to a financial planner.
This involves not holding on to your capital and jumping into nonreputable investment opportunities, he said.
You also shouldn’t dip into your retirement accounts too early.

There are several key steps you should take toward retirement in your 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s, especially if you want to retire as a millionaire.

But reaching the typical retirement decade — your 60s — doesn’t mean you should stop making wise money decisions, especially when it comes to investing.

Harvey Bezozi, CFP, CPA, and founder of YourFinancialWizard.com, told Business Insider that the dumbest thing you can do in your 60s is make poor investment decisions for both new and current investments.

Preserve your capital, and be cautious with new investment opportunities

“Hold on to your money for dear life, and do not invest other than with those individuals and businesses who are super reputable and have a long-standing and impeccable track record,” Bezozi said. “Every day there is another news story of how innocent people have been taken advantage of by unscrupulous investment promoters. Preservation of capital, with some nice growth, is of paramount importance.”

According to Bezozi, the US Securities and Exchange Commission recommends asking questions, doing research on the business, knowing the salesperson, and being wary of unsolicited offers before investing.

“Also, if it sounds too good to be true it probably is; guaranteed returns are many times a fantasy and do not materialize, and if pressure sales tactics are used stay away,” he said.

Aside from fishy broker tactics, you should also keep an eye out for investments that seem too sophisticated or have exceptionally high returns, according to financial experts. An investment may also be too good to be true if it’s unregistered, you have to borrow money to invest, or you’re unable to cash out.

Read more: 6 warning signs an investment is too good to be true

Resist the temptation to dip into your retirement accounts early

Using your money for risky investments is a bad move, but so is using your money too early.

“Do not prematurely sell your invested assets or cash-in your retirement accounts early, thereby dangerously reducing your nest egg and accelerating taxation and penalties,” Bezozi said.

Dipping into your retirement accounts before the official retirement age of 65 can be tempting if you’re beyond the age at which you can withdraw without penalty — if you retire at age 55 with an employer-sponsored 401(k), you may be able to begin withdrawing funds if your plan is held at your current employer. IRAs, however, will penalize you for withdrawing before age 59 1/2.

But keep in mind that the longer you wait to tap into that nest egg, the more time your investments will have to compound, …read more

Source:: Business Insider

      

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