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https://www.inc.com/magazine/201703/kathy-kristof/retirement-building-blocks.html

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Why One of the Biggest Perks of Retirement Planning Has Nothing to Do With Retirement
When the blogger and personal finance expert known as J. Money started saving for the future, retirement was the furthest thing from his mind. He was in his late 20s, working for a tech startup, and thinking about buying a house and getting married.

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Smart retirement planning boils down to a few simple truths.

  • Time is on your side.  The earlier you start saving money, the more time you give compounding to work for you. 
  • Take risks when you're young.  Althoug...

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