This step is really important and most people just don’t get it. Listen carefully — you have to deferred, avoid, and reduce capital gains taxes to the bare minimum! Well, how do I do that you ask? The best thing to do of course is to completely avoid capital gains taxes. The only way to do that is to open a Roth IRA. The reason you avoid capital gains taxes is that you pay your income taxes first and then you never pay taxes on any profits of the money you put into your Roth IRA.
1. Make a lot of money
If you make a lot of money though, you can’t open a Roth. In that case you need to open a Standard IRA and of course if your company matches in a 401(k) you need contribute up to the matching. In a 401(k) make sure that you only buy a no-load indexed mutual fund. Get your accounts open! Get your accounts open! Get your accounts open! I can’t overemphasize or shout this loud enough. Once you have your account open you will be motivated to start investing — if you don’t know how to trade through such an account I can teach you.