With the decline of traditional pensions, most of us are now responsible for squirrelling away money for our own retirement. In today's do-it-yourself retirement savings world, we rely largely on 401(k) plans and IRAs. However, there are obviously flaws with the system because about one-fourth of working Americans have no retirement savings at all—including 13% of workers age 60 and older.
But help may be on the way. The House of Representatives recently passed the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act, which would affect your ability to save money for retirement and influence how you use the funds over time if it is ultimately enacted. While some of the act's provisions are administrative in nature or intended to raise revenue, most of the proposed changes are taxpayer-friendly measures designed to boost retirement savings. To get you ready in case this bill becomes law, we've highlighted 10 of the most notable ways the SECURE Act could affect your retirement savings. Learn them now, so you can start adjusting your retirement strategy right away if it is enacted.
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