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Learn what you should be doing on the path to achieving your retirement goals—and what roadblocks to watch out for.

Think planning is hard? It doesn't have to be.

We all want to have a financially sound future, while avoiding the common pitfalls and missteps along the way. The Alameda County Deferred Compensation Plan can provide you with guidance and insight about the challenges we all face when trying to save for retirement, and some of the best ways to overcome them.

Here are five simple steps to help you get going—and keep going—toward your goal of retirement readiness.

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Take a minute to answer a few questions about your plan for retirement, and you'll get a view of how your savings could grow to help you get there.

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Five steps to success

Step #1: Get Started Join the Deferred Compensation Plan

If you haven’t already joined the Alameda County Deferred Compensation Plan, what are you waiting for? Enroll now, and create your online account to view your investment options, explore customized planning tools and more.

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Step #2: Get on Track and Stay There See what it takes to get retirement ready

A successful retirement begins with a clear understanding of how to get there. The Retirement Income Calculator shows you if you may be on track to meet your retirement goals—and what to do if you’re not.

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Step #3: Get a Strategy Save the way that makes sense for you

After how much you save, financial professionals often say that how you invest is the most critical factor that can help you meet your goals. Whether you're a do-it-yourself or the set-it-and-forget-it type, there are tools and options to help you invest and diversify most effectively. While you're considering your investment options, consider GoalMaker®, an asset allocation program that helps you choose your investments quickly and easily—and can help you stay on track during your retirement planning years. It's available at no additional cost to Alameda County Deferred Compensation Plan participants.

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Step #4: Get Rolling Simplify by consolidating your accounts

Do you have other retirement accounts? Rolling them into your Alameda County Deferred Compensation Plan account could offer a number of benefits. To find out if this strategy is right for you, talk to Prudential.

Call 800-249-2430 for help consolidating.

Step #5: Keep Your Money Invested Your money can stay in the plan

If you’re retiring or leaving your job at Alameda County, the money you have invested in the Deferred Compensation Plan can stay in your account—which means you can still enjoy the great benefits the plan offers you.

Talk to a registered financial guidance professional about your options after your Alameda County service ends.

Alameda County Deferred Compensation Plan Plan Resources & Quick Actions


Get contact information for your financial guidance professionals & plan administrators.

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Manage your information, review your plan details and more.

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Manage your information, review your plan details and more.

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