Plan for Retirement

What's your plan for retirement?

5 things to consider as you start to invest.
Retirement Overview > Planning for Retirement

Know how much you need to retire

It may not be the easiest question to answer, but the first step in creating a retirement plan is knowing how much you'll need to retire comfortably — your "retirement number." Everyone's got one. Try our retirement calculator and get yours.

What's your personal retirement number?

Calculate your personal retirement number
Calculate how much you may need to retire.

Investing now can make a big difference later

Putting away even a little bit more today can make a big difference in the quality of your retirement in the future. Watch our video to learn how investing early can make a big difference in your retirement account's earnings potential.
Take steps to save
Setting aside some of your earnings every month with an automatic investment plan can make pursuing your retirement goals a little easier.

Find out how starting now can make a big difference

Watch the 'Save Early and Often' retirement planning video

Make the most of your 401(k)

Consider participating in your employer-sponsored 401(k) retirement plan. Your investments are tax-deferred, offering you the opportunity to lower your tax bill today. And if your employer offers matching contributions, take advantage of this "free money" to maximize your savings.
Changing jobs? Consider your options.
Consolidating your retirement assets into one easy-to-manage account is simple with a Rollover IRA. But, a Rollover IRA isn't right for everyone. Consider all of your choices and learn if a Rollover IRA may be right for you.1
Have questions?
Talk to a Merrill Edge Rollover Specialist 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1.888.637.3343.
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Get up to $600 when you enroll, open and fund a new Merrill Edge® IRA.

Open your IRA and contribute every year

If your employer doesn't offer a 401(k) — or you're already contributing the maximum but want to invest more — consider an IRA. Depending on your age and income, you may be able to set aside up to $5,500 a year ($6,500 a year if you are 50 or older) and even lower your tax bill. Merrill Edge offers you the choice of Roth, Traditional, Roth conversions — and even Small Business IRAs. Try our IRA Selector Tool and find the IRA that's right for you.

Find the right IRA fast

Use our IRA Selector Tool to see if a Roth or Traditional IRA may be right for you.

Build a balanced portfolio

Experts often recommend balancing your portfolio with a diversified mix of stocks, bonds and cash aligned to your investment goals, risk tolerance, liquidity needs and time horizon. Merrill Edge helps make it easy to find the right investments with access to independent research, simplified investment choices and online resources, like our Asset Allocator™ Tool.2
Looking to simplify your investing?
Consider Merrill Edge Select® Portfolios — meet with a Merrill Edge Financial Solutions Advisor™ to select a diversified portfolio of investments aligned to your investment goals, time horizon, risk tolerance and liquidity needs — pre-screened, monitored and adjusted by the professionals at Merrill Lynch.
Balance your investment portfolio

Is your portfolio in line with your objectives?

Learn about ways you might improve your portfolio's performance based on your investment goals, time horizon, risk tolerance and liquidity needs.
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Pursue your financial goals with advice and guidance from a licensed Merrill
Edge Financial Solutions Advisor™, and ask about getting your own personalized
Merrill Edge Roadmap® to help you get on track — and stay on track.3
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Simplify your investing
Take the guesswork out of finding quality funds:
1 You have choices for what to do with your employer sponsored retirement plan. Depending on your financial circumstances, needs and goals, you may choose to roll over to an IRA or convert to a Roth, roll over to an employer sponsored plan from a prior employer to an employer sponsored plan at your new employer, take a distribution or leave the account where it is. Each choice may offer different investment options and services, fees and expenses, withdrawal options, required minimum distributions, tax treatment and provide different protection from creditors and legal judgments. These are complex choices and should be considered with care. Visit or call a Merrill Edge rollover specialist at 1.888.637.3343 for additional information about your choices.

2 Asset allocation, diversification and rebalancing does not ensure a profit or protect against loss in declining markets.

3 Merrill Edge Roadmap participation requires a Merrill Edge Advisory Center™ account.

4 Merrill Edge Report Spring 2014: Addressing the financial priorities and concerns of Americans with $50k to $250k to invest. To view the full report, visit

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