The Biggest Retirement Mistake You'll Ever Make

Investors make plenty of mistakes with their savings. But some mistakes are more important than others. The biggest one of all can make a huge difference to your retirement.

In the following video, Dan Caplinger, The Motley Fool's director of investment planning, talks about the one retirement mistake that can have the biggest impact on your retirement: cashing out your 401(k) plan account. Dan notes that millions of people do this when they leave jobs, paying tax and 10% penalties on the money they receive. But as Dan notes, the even bigger impact comes from not having that money growing for you to help support you in retirement. Dan concludes that for most people, rolling over old 401(k) plan accounts is a much smarter move than just taking the money and running.

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j79xjames

The biggest retirement investing mistake that many people make is not to start investing early in life and continuing to invest/save into retirement. There is a great deal of information on retirement planning on the web. I use the site Retirement And Good Living which provides information on finances, health, retirement locations, part time work and also has a great blog of guest posts about a variety of retirement topics.

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