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Your Financial Future in Focus

Concentrating on these key influencers can help increase your nest egg

Are you ready for retirement? According to Gallup's annual Economy and Personal Finance Poll, 59% of Americans are worried they won't have enough money for retirement. Even if you are confident in your financial plan, the ever-changing economy, life's developments as well as career path fluctuations all demand that you make regular adjustments to help today's dollars last through tomorrow's retirement.

"It's not just developing a plan that's important — it's implementing it over time," says Grant Basting, a Home Office State Farm Advanced Planning Consultant. "As your resources increase, your savings need to increase."

Consider these factors and strategies to help you save smarter and live more confidently in retirement:

Automate Your Savings

Why it matters: You've guaranteed to pay yourself each month — no excuses. The amount should increase as your earnings do. "Putting a little more into savings can make a big difference in the long run," Basting says. "Compounding is money earning money, like a snowball rolling down a hill."

How to do it: Basting suggests an initial savings goal of 5% of your gross income, and working up to 10% as quickly as possible. If you earn more than $120,000, you may consider aiming higher with a goal of saving 20%.

Take advantage of any employer-defined contribution plans such as a 401(k). It's an easy way to automate savings each time you receive a paycheck, plus it grows income-tax- deferred. If your employer does not offer a retirement plan, consider a Traditional or Roth IRA with automatic monthly contributions.

Before investing, consider the funds' investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. Contact State Farm VP Management Corp (800-447-4930) for a prospectus or summary prospectus containing this and other information. Read it carefully. 2015/03/0905

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