The Importance of Saving Early
Postponing saving for your retirement or a college education for a child is unfortunately quite easy. There can be hundreds of reasons to delay and only one reason to start – your financial peace of mind. Weighing the benefits of instant gratification against your long-term financial security is never easy. Here are some examples of why saving early is better.
Attending college has become expensive. A year’s tuition, room, board, books, fees and other expenses at many private universities can run over $35,000. For a public university, the costs can be over $15,000. Here are charts showing how much you would need to save each month starting when your child is different ages starting from zero and starting with a balance of $10,000.
Monthly Savings Needed to Fund College Starting With No Balance
|Starting when the child is:||Private|
|*Assumes earnings rate of 7%.|
Monthly Savings Needed to Fund College Starting With a Balance of $10,000
|Starting when the child is:||Private|
|*Assumes earnings rate of 7%.|
As you can see, it pays to start early.
Calculating how much you will need to live during your retirement can be a complex process. There are many variables that should be taken into account. Here is a chart showing how much should be saved each month. The chart assumes the following: female, retiring at age 62, current income of $60,000, retirement income needs equal to 75% of current income, 3% inflation, 7% earnings on funds and a 28% income tax bracket.
|Starting at:||Monthly Savings Needed|
While these assumptions may not match your situation, you will see the benefit of starting early.
Here is a chart that just shows what you would need to save each month to accumulate one million dollars.
|Years of Saving||Monthly Savings Needed|
As you think about accumulating funds, there are only a few decisions you have to make.
- When do you start?
- What rate do you earn on the funds?
- How much do you save?
Starting to save early, regardless of your goal, makes good sense. Remember that compound interest rewards those that start early. Trying to earn higher rates of return is usually accomplished only by taking higher risks. Taking advantage of automatic savings plans at work, participating in your company’s 401(k) plan and taking advantage of any income tax breaks can also make the process easier.
What is a Routing Number?
FAIRWINDS' routing number (263181368) is used to identify FAIRWINDS Credit Union from other financial institutions and in no way identifies you or your accounts to others.
A routing transit number (RTN) is a nine digit bank code, used in the United States, to facilitate the sorting, bundling, and shipment of paper checks back to the drawer's (check writer's) account.
The RTN is also used by Federal Reserve Banks to process Fedwire funds transfers, and by the Automated Clearing House (ACH) to process direct deposits, bill payments, and other such automated transfers.
What can I do with my Relationship Rewards points?
Relationship Rewards provide you the opportunity to enjoy special member benefits including:
- Buying down the interest rate on a loan.
- Increasing your rate on a new CD.
- Reducing service charges on additional products and services.
How do I send or receive a wire?
To send a wire from FAIRWINDS, please provide the following:
- Name, address and routing number of financial institution receiving the wire
- Account number for the receiving account
- Name and address of receiving account holder
There is a $20.00 service charge for an outgoing domestic wire from a personal account and a $25.00 service charge for an outgoing wire from a business account.
To receive a wire at the credit union, you will need to provide the following:
- FAIRWINDS routing number (263-181-368)
- Name of account holder
- FAIRWINDS account number to receive the funds
There is a $10.00 service charge for an incoming domestic wire to a personal account and $15.00 service charge for an incoming wire to a business account.
*Please verify this information with the receiving financial institution as there may be an intermediary financial instititution involved.
When should I expect my 5498-ESA tax forms?
5498-ESA tax forms will be mailed by April 30th for all Coverdell Educational Savings Account owners who made contributions and/or rollovers into their ESA's in 2011.
5498 and 5498-SA tax forms will be mailed in mid-May for all Traditional, SEP, and Roth IRA owners and Health Savings Account owners who made contributions and/or rollovers into their IRA's and HSA's in 2011.
For questions regarding the 5498 forms please call Member Services at 407-277-5045 or visit your local branch.
When should I expect my tax forms?
FAIRWINDS mails 1099-INT and 1098 tax forms at the end of January. However, if you have e-Statements, these tax forms are available online right now!
Learn more here.
Members will only receive a 1099-INT form if the aggregate earnings amongst the accounts they are tax reported for (the primary owner) have earned at least $10 in interest.
These accounts include:
Savings, checking, money market, certificates of deposit, and US Bonds Redeemed, but do not include IRA accounts. If members have not earned at least $10 in interest, they will not receive a 1099-INT form.
Members will only receive a 1098 Mortgage Interest Statement if they paid $600 or more in interest on their mortgage.
FAIRWINDS mails 1099-R, 1099-Q, 1099-SA, and FMV/RMD statements to members by January 31st each year. We also mail 5498, 5498-SA, and 5498 ESA forms to members by the end of May.
Important information for all MasterCard® and VISA® credit and debit card holders.
You may have seen news stories recently about a potential data breach with MasterCard® and VISA® through a third-party payment processor. While there is no indication that any FAIRWINDS members have been impacted by this event, it is an opportunity to remind all consumers about the importance of being diligent, safeguarding your personal information and monitoring your accounts on a regular basis to minimize the effects of fraud.
Take the few extra steps to proactively protect your accounts. If you believe your credit or debit card information is at risk or unauthorized transactions have posted to your account, contact your financial institution immediately. In addition, you may want to consider looking into an identity theft alert program to keep you informed of activity on your accounts. There are many reputable programs available, including ID Secure. Click here to learn more.
There is an active texting scam occurring in the Central Florida area.
People are receiving a text at random stating their "card has been deactivated." This is a Scam!
Always remember, FAIRWINDS will never ask members to provide confidential information, such as debit or credit card numbers, PINs or Social Security numbers via email, text messages, direct mail or over the phone.
If you feel you are the victim of account fraud or identify theft, act immediately. This should help minimize the damage to your personal accounts and credit rating. Click here to learn more.
What are the 2013 IRA and HSA contribution limits?
Traditional and Roth IRA owners under age 50 may contribute up to $5,500 toward tax year 2013. A $1,000 catch up contribution may be added for Traditional and Roth IRA owners age 50 and over.
2013 SEP contribution limits have increased to a maximum of $51,000 or 25% of the employee's compensation, whichever is less.
HSA owners under age 55 with an individual HDHP (self coverage only) may contribute up to $3,250 toward tax year 2013. HSA owners under age 55 with a family HDHP may contribute up to $6,450 toward tax year 2013. A $1,000 catch up contribution may be added for HSA owners age 55 and over.
When will I receive my 2012 5498 form?
5498, 5498-SA, and 5498-ESA forms report IRA, HSA, and ESA contributions, rollovers, conversions, and fair market value (December 31st balance) information to the IRS and account owners. 5498 and 5498-SA forms are expected to be mailed by Saturday, May 18th.
Please contact Member Services at (407) 277-5045 or visit your local branch if you have questions about your form(s).
How can I make a prior year (2012) contribution to my IRA or HSA?
Eligible prior year (2012) IRA and HSA contributions may be made through the close of business on Monday, April 15th. The IRS requires signed documentation before contributions may be designated for a prior year.
Members can accomplish this by visiting a local branch during business hours or by submitting an e-Signed form through Retirement Central® and click Manage An Account on the left menu.