40 Percent of Small Business Owners Have No Retirement Savings

Relying on the sale of your business to fund your retirement is a very risky strategy. Diverisification is the prudent strategy for everyone when saving for a long term goal.

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English: Findlay, Ohio, September 20, 2007 — Gilbert Yingling, a representative with Small Business Administration (SBA) makes calls to local business owners from a local chamber of commerce business directory as part of an SBA outreach program. He then follows up with person to person meetings with the business owners. John Ficara/FEMA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A full 40% of small-business owners have no retirement savings or pension plan in place, the survey found. Additionally, 75% have no written plan on how they intend to fund their retirement.“Business value can fluctuate significantly over the years, so it’s important to have personal retirement savings outside of your business,” says Dave Maraman, president of M&I, a division of BMO Financial Group. “Additionally, should the unexpected arise, such as a major health issue or needing to sell the business sooner than expected, having a retirement nest egg is important.”

Financial advisers can help small-business owners set up a Simplified Employee Pension Individual Retirement Account (SEP IRA) and establish other savings portfolios, says Tina DiVito, head of the BMO Retirement Institute. Advisers who specialize in small business could have great success working with this target market by aligning with an accountant, a tax specialist and a lawyer, DiVIto says. They key is to make small-business owners realize that professional financial advice is critical to build a retirement savings portfolio independent of a small business.

“A financial professional can also help develop a detailed financial retirement plan that outlines your goals and progress,” she says.

Since small-business owners and entrepreneurs are so single-mindedly focused on their businesses, DiVito suggests that financial advisers tell these clients that saving for their retirement is like investing in themselves. “Although it’s tempting to concentrate solely on investing in their business, small-business owners owe it to themselves and their family to have personal retirement savings to help ensure a comfortable retirement,” DiVito says.

Many successful business owners do not have a qualified retirement plan for their employees and themselves. This puts them at a disadvantage in attracting and retaining top talented employees.

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