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Compound and Grow Your Employer Matching Retirement Plan Ames IA

If your employer offers a matching contribution to your retirement plan, the cardinal rule is: contribute whatever the employer is willing to match even if it is only a percentage of your contribution and not a dollar for dollar match.

Laura West
West Financial Advisors, LLC
(515) 382-2960
1400 Fawcett Parkway
Nevada, IA
Expertises
Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Ongoing Investment Management, Tax Planning, College/Education Planning, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA/PFS

Mr. Darren C. Gauck, CFP®
(515) 232-3042
328 Main St
Ames, IA
Firm
Midwest Financial
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Education Planning, General Financial Planning, Insurance Planning, Investment Management, Investment Planning, Long-Term Care

Data Provided by:
Mr. Richard Schany Nelson, CFP®
405 5th St
Ames, IA
Firm
LPL Financial

Data Provided by:
Mr. Randall V. Hertz, CFP®
(515) 382-6596
PO Box 500
Nevada, IA
Firm
Hertz Associates

Data Provided by:
Ms. Tamra A. Shadlow, CFP®
(515) 733-5113
530 Broad St
Story City, IA
Firm
Edward Jones Investment

Data Provided by:
Mr. Paul M. Caspersen, CFP®
(515) 294-4407
2505 University Boulevard
Ames, IA
Firm
University of Florida Foundation, Inc.
Areas of Specialization
Charitable Giving, Estate Planning, General Financial Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

Average Income: $100,001 - $250,000

Profession: Non-Profit Employees

Data Provided by:
Ms. Shelley K. Magnani, CFP®
(515) 232-0228
414 S 17th St Ste 102
Ames, IA
Firm
LPL Financial Services
Areas of Specialization
Retirement Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

Average Income: $100,001 - $250,000

Profession: Not Applicable

Data Provided by:
Mr. James E. Dickson, CFP®
(515) 232-5160
PO Box 322
Ames, IA
Firm
James E. Dickson, CPA, CFP
Areas of Specialization
Investment Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $1,000,001 - $5,000,000

Profession: Self-Employed Business Owners

Data Provided by:
Laura Kay Brannen West, CFP®
(515) 382-2960
1400 Fawcett Pkwy Ste A
Nevada, IA
Firm
West Financial Advisors, LLC
Areas of Specialization
Investment Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $1,000,001 - $5,000,000

Average Income: $100,001 - $250,000

Profession: Not Applicable

Data Provided by:
Clark Grinde
1028 Lafayette Avenue
Story City, IA
Company
Title: President, Financial Advisor
Company: CG Financial Consulting, LLC
Education
Iowa State University, BA
College for Financial Planning, CRPS [Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist]
Years Experience
Years Experience: 14
Service
Life Insurance,Hourly Financial Planning Engagements,Investment & Portfolio Management,Retirement Planning,Fee-Only Comprehensive Financial Planning

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Compound and Grow Your Employer Matching Retirement Plan

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Saving for Retirement: Compound and Grow Your Employer Matching Retirement Plan
By James Lange 
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Jun 13, 2007, 16:20

   

If your employer offers a matching contribution to your retirement plan, the cardinal rule is: contribute whatever the employer is willing to match even if it is only a percentage of your contribution and not a dollar for dollar match.

Imagine depositing $1,000 of your money into the bank, but instead of getting a crummy toaster, you receive an extra $1,000 to go along with your deposit. To add to the fun, imagine getting a tax deduction for your deposit and not having to pay tax on your gift. Furthermore, both your $1,000 and the gift $1,000 grow (it is to be hoped), and you don t have to pay income tax on the interest, dividends, capital gains, or the appreciation until you withdraw the money. When you withdraw the money, you will have to pay taxes, but you will have gained interest, dividends, and appreciation in the meantime. That is what employer matching contributions to retirement plans are all about. If the employer matches the employee contribution, it offers a 100% return on the investment in one day (assuming no early withdrawal penalties apply and the matched funds are fully vested).

Over the years, I have heard hundreds of excuses for not taking advantage of an employer-matching plan. All those reasons can be summarized in two words: ignorance and neglect. If you didn t know that before, you know now. If you are not currently taking advantage of your employer-matching plan, run don t walk to your plan administrator and begin the paperwork to take advantage of the employer match. Matching contributions are most commonly found within Section 401k, 403b, and 457 plans. Even if your employer is only willing to make a partial match up to a cap, you should still take advantage of this opportunity. A fairly common agreement is that the employer will contribute 50 cents for every dollar up to the first 6 percent of salary you contribute. Don t grouse that it is not enough or not worth it. You have everything to gain this is free money that will compound and grow and as Einstein said, The most powerful force in the universe is compound interest.

As one of the country s top IRA experts, James Lange has developed tax-savvy retirement and estate plans for over 1400 U.S. citizens with appreciable assets in their IRAs and 401(k) plans. In his book, ...

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