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Here’s something that may surprise you: younger business owners of the millennial generation are putting their employees’ retirement on their radar more so than their older counterparts (Generation X and baby boomers). According to a Nationwide survey, millennials are more aware of the importance of a workplace retirement plan and are nearly twice as likely as the average business owner to say they will offer retirement benefits to their employees in the future (69 percent vs. 36 percent).

Having grown up during the Great Recession, this generation has seen firsthand the importance of planning ahead financially. In addition to their own spending, money management, and retirement savings, they are thinking of their employees’ financial futures as well. The survey revealed that:

  • Fifty-seven percent of millennial business owners think it’s their responsibility to help their workers save for retirement, compared to 44 percent of Gen X and 31 percent of baby boomer bosses.
  • Fifty-one percent of millennials said a retirement plan is a good recruiting tool in a tight job market, to help attract and retain talent.
  • Thirty-two percent of millennial bosses are increasing retirement contributions which is nearly double the overall figure (18% of all business owners).

Self-directed retirement plans for employees and employers

Did you know that as a business owner, you can offer a SIMPLE IRA that your employees can self-direct? Or as a self-employed person, you can self-direct a SEP IRA?

A SIMPLE IRA retirement plan can be established by employers, including self-employed individuals (sole proprietorships and partnerships) for the benefit of their employees. Eligible employees can contribute part of their pretax compensation to the plan. For individuals who are savvy about nontraditional investments, they can include those in their self-directed SIMPLE IRA. As you know, self-directed IRAs allow investors to include a wide range of non-publicly traded alternative assets, such as real estate, precious metals, lending and private equity.

 

If you are a business owner and would like to offer a SIMPLE IRA to your employees, or open a SEP IRA for yourself—or as an individual, you wish to open a self-directed IRA and build a more diverse retirement portfolio—Next Generation’s team can help you get started. Contact us at NewAccounts@NextGenerationTrust.com or 1.888.857.8058 today!