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4 Aggressive Moves in Your 40s to Achieve Long-Term Financial Goals

Follow our suggestions to ensure that you will have enough saved for your kids' college funds and your retirement fund.

The kids are old enough to drive themselves to band practice, and you’re planning an anniversary getaway with your spouse. Life is good. But college bills loom, and you’re neglecting your retirement accounts as you sock away money for college.

Beef up investing. Saving for retirement is the priority. First, max out contributions to your workplace retirement plan. In 2016, you can contribute up to $18,000 to a 401(k) or similar employer-provided savings plan (or $24,000 if you’re 50 or older). But be careful. If you stash all of your retirement savings in tax-deferred accounts, you could find yourself facing a big tax hit when you retire, says Jon Meyer, a CFP in Minneapolis. Withdrawals from 401(k) plans and traditional IRAs are taxed at your ordinary income tax rate.

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